Pain and poverty go primetime

What happens when suffering is made into a show?

US Broadcaster ABC defines the latest frontier in reality TV. Welcome to Miracle Workers:

"Each week, the show will feature two stories of ordinary people who do not have the network, access to the necessary medical community or in some cases the resources to these procedures. Their seemingly overwhelming medical problems will be taken in hand by a renowned team of medical specialists. The patients' lives will be transformed before viewers' eyes as the professionals employ cutting-edge medical technology to heal those who need it most. The team will not only restore the patients' health, but their hope in living a whole life again. The series will show the patients' entire journey, from first consultation with their team of doctors, to the medical procedure itself, to the effect this life-changing event will have on them and their loved ones. State-of-the-art special effects will take viewers inside the patients' bodies, showing in detail the incredible medical transformation taking place."

What happens when the spectacle is saturated in sadness?

March 08, 2006 | 06:42 PM