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with Conor Behan

It has its place as a specific genre of TV and though it’s an easy target for scorn (I’m thinking of one Irish journalist who wrote a whole column on how bad Love Island was while admitting he’d never watched it) it’s also often very enjoyable.

This month The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returned for its ninth season and was excited to get into the drama. This season, fuelled by headlines that happened during filming, promises some real tension splits in long-held friendships. For long-time fans it’s the kind of pay off these shows often deliver on brilliantly. For all the hand-wringing about how unscripted TV is made, franchises like The Real Housewives are ultimately soaps. And like soaps, they sketch in broad details while providing the human moments that draw us in.

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