The Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda: Big Brother Gets Uncut

For those that no longer find any steam in watching the shower hour viewing segment of Big Brother Africa 2, the uncut show - airing Friday nights at about 11.30p.m.- has loads of vapour.

It could be the reason some viewers have given the reality show the "Big Brothel" coinage. The Uncut show serves up among other things close shots of the housemates' crotches during shower hour, all delivered in slow motion. And yes, Richard is quite endowed "down there" and he really hates holding his family jewels (he has christened them gudi gudi) in underwear.

It is only on the uncut show that you will see Maureen cupping and caressing her breasts as if looking for a cancer lump. True she likes walking about topless and only the uncut show can prove this. Maureen also has no qualms about giving Tatiana something close to a bikini wax. Tatiana's wild side comes out fully on this show; pole dancing, the raunchy dance she did with Jeff, the works.

The Uncut show is also where the night vision cameras reveal all those naughty things the housemates are up to when the lights go out. Whatever activity was going on in Max's pants while he was asleep, only he can explain. Or was it Lerato's hand trying to jumpstart Max's manhood while the Zambian slept?

I know the moralists are itching to shoot down the show but DStv has pre-empted them with an 18-age restriction and a warning that the show contains scenes with nudity and strong language. A request is made to viewers to activate the parental control facility on their decoders if they want to restrict viewing.

UBC showed off some muscle at last weekend's goat races, airing the societal do live where other stations settled for shooting and doing post-event screenings. The audio was for the most part poor and viewers had little else to do than try and lip-read what Vogue host Sophia Matovu was saying. UBC probably also wanted to show off that as host broadcaster, it is more than ready for Chogm. The national broadcaster has acquired a new OB van, a younger sibling to its 32-year-old senior, purchased when Uganda hosted the OAU summit in 1975.

WBS TV launched its last quarter programming a month earlier than it should have. It includes a new live interactive game show called The Mint, which comes months after the station pioneered the interactive live game show genre that its competitors have now Xeroxed. The Mint, airing Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 5p.m. promises to hand out Shs90,000 as its lowest winning and up to Shs8m per show. About Shs40m will be handed out every quarter.

The show is a partnership between MTech Communications, a mobile telecommunication company and Ludus/ETV, the creators of some of the biggest participatory game shows in the United Kingdom. MTech is leveraging on WBS TV's sizeable viewing audience to air the show in Uganda. The company already runs similar shows in Nigeria and Ghana. Calls (and SMS) cost Shs1,000 and after they are registered in a computer system, a number is randomly picked and the viewer called back to answer the question.

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