It’s a daytime television show that pits relatives and friends against each other using lie detector tests and DNA samples. Like a cruel sport, the so-called ‘entertainment show’ exploits misery and petty disputes and encourages fight or flight impulses amongst its guests in front of a baying audience. A Manchester district judge once described it as a ‘human form of bear baiting’.
Yet despite this – or because of this – millions have tuned in over 14 years to watch lives fall apart on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Now it’s been taken off-air indefinitely following the death of a guest just a week after filming. In the episode which has not been aired, the guest failed a lie-detector test about having an affair.
Watch the video above to see how The Jeremy Kyle Show became a dangerous and dark form of entertainment.