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Chart Throb Ben Elton is about to put the “real” back into Reality TV in his biting satire of one of today’s most popular cultural phenomena — the TV talent show95000 hopefuls Three judges Just one winner And that’s Colin Simms the genius behind the show Colin always wins because Colin writes the rules But this year as he sits smugly in judgment on the mingers clingers and blingers whom he has pre selected in his carefully scripted “search” for a star he has no idea that the rules are changing The “real” is about to be put back into “reality” television and Colin and his fellow judges the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke are about to become ex factors themselvesFrom the best selling author of The First Casualty Popcorn and Dead Famous comes Chart Throb One winner A whole bunch of losers From the Trade Paperback edition

About the Author: Ben Elton

Ben Elton was born on 3 May 1959 in Catford South London The youngest of four he went to Godalming Grammar school joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15 He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre but instead did A Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977 His career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memo

10 thoughts on “Chart Throb

  1. says:

    Chart Throb a stand alone by Ben Elton published 2006This is Ben Elton at his best here At its heart this story is a hilarious finger pointing exposé of what is known as reality TV talent uests When Calvin Simms the brain behind and executive producer of the mega hit TV series ‘Chart Throbs’ wife of two weeks tells him that she is going to divorce him and take half of his considerable wealth Calvin just smiles and says

  2. says:

    After reading Chart Throb by Ben Elton I don't think I will ever be able to watch a reality tv series again I feel kind of dirty and want to cry It rings so true that it is almost upsettingThe story revolves around the producer of a hit reality television show similiar to Idol or X Factor The book focuses on the manipulation used to make the show such a success the scripting of events the frankensteining of interviews the general lack

  3. says:

    In this parody of popular talent shows Ben Elton's writing has become way too formulaic Like most Elton novels this one starts with a dramatic flash forward in this case the tear on the cheek of one of the contestants in the final Then like in all other Elton novels we travel back in time and lots of characters are introduced Many of those are the contestants in the show and a lot of attention also goes to the jury all three of which are abso

  4. says:

    This book is essential reading for everyone in the world who has ever watched and enjoyed a reality television ‘talent’ showSeriously If you love them it will open your eyes to how foolish you have been in trusting them and if you are already a sceptic you will enjoy the fantastically witty way in which Elton rips into themChart Throb is name of the most popular reality TV talent contest on the air in the UK as our novel opens The mastermind behi

  5. says:

    This started off uite promising but got so bogged down in so many different stories and so much detail Some of it I just skipped over because it was so boring despite the fact that the subject matter interested me I would've enjoyed this about 5 years ago I thinkI did give this 2 stars but then I remembered about the Prince of Wales subplot and OH GOD that was just so bad so I'm knocking a star off Utterly unnecessary and the whole thing was so hard to beli

  6. says:

    Ever seen American Idol? Well this book surely gives you an inside on how reality tv works Very educational making you wonder why you waste all that time ringing to vote for your favourite

  7. says:

    Well what can I say? I'm in two minds about this book I love Ben Elton and his books are usually uick fun reads The ones I've read at list This one is a uick read too and at times it's uite fun but somehow it lacks the sparkle of say Past Mortem or Dead Famous and the likeable characters and tragicomedy of The First Casualty and Inconceivable I like the way Elton gives an inside view into editing and television making but he had already done so before in 'Dead Famous' so it

  8. says:

    I would recommend this book to any reality television fans whose illusions won't be shattered by the amount of behind the scenes manipulation in this X Factor satire If you really believe that the X Factor is a talent contest which the best singer will win you may like to skip this book especially if you see Sharon Osbourne as a lovely motherly person who hates to send any of the contestants home Although Ben Elton has made the female judge on the Chart Throb panel a transsexual ex

  9. says:

    Another biting satire slash dark comedy looking at the world of faux reality celebs and pop talent TV shows very believable and biting Ben tears apart the reality TV competition process for all to see but inadvertently the story just looks like a personal attack on the UK TV show X Factor and The Osbournes As ever Elton's one dimensional characterisations pump up the satirecomedy but overall reduce the book to a stand up telling a load of sketches Still gives a lot of insight into reality

  10. says:

    I read this book at recommendation from my Dad and was surprised to find myself really enjoying it I loved the idea of finding out what supposedly goes on behind the scenes of talent shows and the characters were really developed and interesting I particularly enjoyed that there wasn’t a particular hero to the story and it explored each characters faults and good ualities However I found the ending very unsatisfactory as I felt it was a frustrating way to tie up the book and it left me a bit col

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