But in the case of BBC One’s documentary Transplant, which told the touching story of a Shropshire teenager’s life-saving heart operation, it seems to me to apply.
Last night’s programme was much more than just another well-judged fly-on-the-wall health documentary.
For the first time cameras followed the organ transplant process from the moment the donor dies to the recipients’ operations and beyond.
Because the participants waived their rights to the anonymity that usually exists between them, programme makers were able to give a unique insight into the human stories on both sides before and after surgery.
In the current sea of ‘structured reality’ shows, TV like this is a diamond in the dirt. This was the real reality TV, if you like.
It began with a grim statistic – there are more than 10,000 people in need of a transplant in Britain, and each day three die because of the lack of donors.
Read more: http://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/2011/10/05/transplant-a-really-life-affirming-programme/#ixzz1a94Fe0wW