Saturday, July 10, 2010

Peer to Peer

Here is an idea for a new television programme.

Two young men (with iPhones) compete to see who can ascend to the higher rank of peerage in a year. They are set challenges: promoting organic chicken against the clock, redecorating a house against the clock, getting youngsters to try tripe against the clock, delivering thirty pizzas.

The two are life-long friends. Their names are Joss and Helena. Even at school, each knew that to live his life untitled would be unbearable.

Helena says, "I got a lot of peer pressure at school: Dad was only a baronet and sometimes that was pretty hard."

Joss says, "I'm really stoked about this year. What do I want out of it? A dukedom would be great but I think I'd probably be just as happy to be an earl."

Along the way, they are given advice by John Prescott, Tony Benn and others. Their story is interspersed with real-life stories of those that made it — Prescott himself, Voldemort — and tragic no-hopers — Stephen Fry, Eamon Holmes.

Alternative names for the show:
  • Lordy!
  • Peer Pressure
  • We Woz Robed
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