The Art of Survival
Wednesday, 8.40pm, SBS Two Reality TV is usually about putting ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Hello Big Brother and the recent The Audience. This program turns that model on its head by putting gifted artistic people into the most ordinary situations imaginable. The idea is for four participants — three musicians and a painter — to survive on their art alone. The plan is for them to be taken to Athens and set free. From there they must not only survive but make their way across Europe in time for a prestigious arts festival in Edinburgh, the Athens of the north. As an incentive, the winning team (of two) — determined by how much money they have raised by their art alone — will win £10,000. Close to the bone for those who have ever contemplated quitting their day job to follow the muse, I found The Art of Survival compelling TV.