It’s fair to say that when it comes to its documentary output, Channel 5 tends to occupy a certain niche. Hence Wednesday’s trending hashtag #ch5documentaries, which saw Twitter users pitching some of their own ideas to the broadcaster.
They took the concept and really ran with it. In fact, I feel like some of these might be actual Mighty Boosh sketches…
#ch5documentaries Wasps on Benefits
— The Pumpkin (@Wooooohh) November 2, 2016
Impregnated by a second hand pair of leggings.#ch5documentaries
— Loubootins (@crapolatombola) November 2, 2016
Reincarnated: is my cat Princess Diana? #Ch5Documentaries
— Jo-vid 19 (not halloween but still scary) (@_Lady_Gardener) November 2, 2016
The man whose testicles became radicalised online. #ch5documentaries
— Bacardi Oakheart (@Midgetgems26) November 2, 2016
The Boy Whose Face Reminded People of Specific Episodes of The Fall Guy#ch5documentaries
— Lisa (@lisagravesart) November 2, 2016
‘I Dressed My Cat As Jimmy Nail: Now We’re Getting Married.’ #Ch5Documentaries
— ajerf (@FluffCustard) November 2, 2016
My 8 Stone Left Bollock Is On Benefits, But The Right One Is A Millionaire #ch5documentaries
— Bruce Gorrie (@bsgorrie) November 2, 2016
I Married A Chair #ch5documentaries
— BooO (@BooOMeringue) November 2, 2016
#ch5documentaries Sweet but Evil: Biscuit Barrels of the Third Reich (in Colour).
— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) November 2, 2016
#Ch5documentaries The Boy With Grapefruits For Eyes, Nazi Monkeys on Benefits, The Real Story Behind Lenny Kravitz's Teapot
— Rob Turner (@ReynardCity) November 2, 2016
Hitler On The Dole #ch5documentaries
— Lord Kiel (@kiel_phillips) November 2, 2016
Anyway you get the idea. Weird, surreal, funny and, just occasionally, not a million miles off the mark.
But guess who else got involved? Only Channel 5’s next door neighbours Channel 4, asking if they were taking notes…
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) November 2, 2016
On one hand, a nice bit of internet banter. On the other: pot, kettle, black.
Remember, Channel 4 came up with the original concept for the controversial Benefits Street. They also showed The Man with the 10 Stone Testicles. Oh, and Half Ton Mum. And The Boy Who Gave Birth To His Twin, The Man Who Ate His Lover and, who could forget, Curse of the Mermaid.
It looks like Channel 4 should probably be taking notes too…