Confessions of the Paparazzi - Truth and lies through a lens

George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

George Barmby was the man in focus in Confessions of the Paparazzi

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Journalists, ironically, rarely get a good press these days. As a trade, we usually come bottom of those ‘most trustworthy profession’ polls, sharing the wooden spoon with estate agents.

People like George Bamby don’t help either. George was the ‘star’ of Confessions of the Paparazzi (Channel 4, Monday, 9pm), and came across as an unpleasant character, unrepentantly making life miserable for celebs across the country.

George revelled in long lens shots of celebs going around their daily business, before coming up with storylines to fit his pictures.

“I don’t just take pictures, I make stories,”smirks George. “They might not always be true.”

The programme gave George quite a lot of rope with which to hang himself, following him through the undergrowth on the trial of Dawn French –preferably without make-up – or colluding with a kiss-and-tell wannabe reality star to get her pictures in the tabloids.

Unfortunately, it wanted to have its cake and eat it too, on the one hand condemning George for being a willing cog in the ‘fake news’ machine, on the other revelling in his escapades – blagging his way into a Britney Spears concert, for example, or sending hapless assistant Bilko out in the field to take video of speeding footballers.

“It’s a game of cat and mouse,” says George, The only thing is, it’s difficult to tell who is the cat and who the mouse, as his tactics slip dangerously close to harassment.

In the end, it’s clear George thinks he is merely serving a public appetite for schadenfreude, as we lap up pictures of celebs looking pig ugly first thing in the morning. So let’s take the high ground and force George to hang up his lens.

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