Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's no indicator that we think it's about to end.

'This Is Your Life' is a show that has been around for over fifty years. It first started in the States in 1952, then made the leap across the water to the UK in '57.

Even though television was available in New Zealand from 1960, the first time a New Zealand version was made was in 1984. Since then thirty-nine episodes have been made, featuring such luminaries such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Peter Blake , Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Snell and Charles Upham.

And then on Sunday it featured racing car driver Scott Dixon, who this year has taken out the Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Racing League in the US ( for the second time, the clever clogs).

But there's just one thing.

Scott Dixon is, um, twenty-eight years old.

Shouldn't it have been called 'This Is Your Life, So Far'?

If I was Scott Dixon I would be thinking that having a programme like 'This Is Your Life' made about you at twenty-eight would indicate that the programme makers have a feeling that you're not going to be around for much longer.

'We'd better knock him off now, cause chances aren't high that he'll still be here when he's sixty.'

But he's not the youngest victim of one of these shows. Brit model Twiggy had one made about her when she was twenty. 'And what about the time when you were fifteen that you grew a metre in a week, but stayed the same weight as when you were ten?'

I have a theory on why she featured on a show that generally featured people above the age of fifty.

One word.


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