Reality shows have carved a niche in the entertainment industry. They are soaring in popularity with each passing day. There was a time when these same shows were not received well among the audiences because they were accustomed to scripted dramas with their intricate plots and premises, cast of popular actors and interesting story line.
However, it soon became monotonous and repetitive. People began to look for something new and innovative. This is how reality shows garnered popularity. They went beyond the artificiality and gave people a glimpse of real life.
Today, there are dozens of reality shows on varied themes- cooking, dance, singing, travel and adventure and Jedward’s Big Adventure is one of them. We call it a reality show with a twist.
About Jedward’s Big Adventure
Jedward’s Big Adventure is a reality travel show and is better known as a children’s television programme. The programme is shown on CBBC. It is hosted by the Irish Twins Jedward. This travel show differs in its premise.
The twins travel to different UNESCO historical sites in and around the United Kingdom.
Each of them is paired with a celebrity guest. They travel together to different destinations where they are expected to learn as much as possible about the site. This is followed by the real challenge – their task then is to act as a tour guide leading and guiding a group of real tourists touring the respective historical site.
It is challenge and they two are pitted against each other. Each has to try to win over the other using stunts, costumes and props. There are exciting prizes for the winner and gruesome forfeits for the losers.
The show was first introduced in 2011. The first series was aired on CBBC in Feb 2012. The second series was filmed in September 2012 and was aired in early 2013. The episodes are approx. 30 minutes long.
The World Heritage Sites Mapped by Jedward’s Big Adventure
Series 1: 6 January 2012- 10 January 2012
1. Tower of London
3. Jurassic Coast
5. Hadrian’s Wall
Series 2: 7 January 2013 – 11 January 2013
4. Cheddar George
The Jedward Twins
John and Edward Grimes are identical twins native to Ireland. Jedward is their stage name. The duo is known for their refined sense of pop music. They have recorded three albums and nine singles together. Speaking about their stint on television, they are known for their roles in Celebrity Big Brother 8 and the X Factor. They have gained popularity as the host of children’s series such as OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory and Jedward’s Big Adventure. The Jedward twins are known for their magnetic personality.
What we liked about the show?
The charismatic duo makes the program truly entertaining. However, the program is also highly informative. And, the Jedward twins remarked the same. As an audience, we too get an opportunity, though not in person, to tour the different places and learn the facts and figures of the historical places in the United Kingdom. Thus, the show serves a dual purpose- entertainment and education.