I’m planning on watching The Big Gypsy Eviction and I Escaped A Cult
The Big Gypsy Eviction screens on TV One at 8.30pm tonight. It looks at the plight of gypsies, or ‘travellers’ living in Dale Farm, England, which is the largest traveller site in Europe. For 10 years, gypsies have been fighting for their right to live there, but now a court order has come through, which means they have to leave.
I enjoy the wedding-themed show more than these one-off documentaries, but they’re still very interesting to watch, because their lives are so different from how most of us here in New Zealand live. I will be watching this documentary tonight.
If you didn’t watch Inside New Zealand: Donated To Science (TV3, 9.30pm) last year when it first screened, then make sure you watch it tonight, because it’s really really good. It follows first-year Otago University medical students who have to perform human dissection for their first time, and talks to people who will donate their bodies to science when they die. Next week will be the follow-up documentary, which sees the same students putting their practice into action, as they deal with real patients.
On the National Geographic channel is a documentary series called I Escaped A Cult, at 8.30pm tonight. Survivors recount the destructive experience of life in two very different quasi-religious cults. Documentaries about cults fascinate me! I always find it hard to believe people could ever be suckered into the trap of cults. People in cults often have their entire lives controlled by the cult’s leader. They’re told how to think, dress and behave. But many kids of born into life in a cult and have nothing to compare their lives to, so don’t even realise their lives aren’t ‘normal’. I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode.