TV3 to Screen “Alarming” Frat Boys Doco

TV3 will air a BBC2 expose of America’s fraternity house culture that shocked British critics in June.

“This alarming film showed us much to deplore about the inner world of American university men’s clubs,” said the Daily Express of Frat Boys: Inside America’s Fraternities.

“On one level they’re just drinking societies, on another they’re old boys’ networks whose members look out for each other long into adult life. What makes them seem less cuddly is the secrecy.”

Quipped The Guardian: “Wealth, bigger pecs and life-long bonds – there might be some perks to being a frat boy. But this gripping doc exposes the sinister side.”

Concurred Radio Times: “The BBC2 documentary shows the darker side of the cool crowd and makes you glad your British uni experience was all about 2 quid wine and dodgy burger vans.”

“These elite clubs for boys are as fabled as the Freemasons for their bizarre initiation rites and penetration into high society,” The Telegraph said.

“The hows and whys of this 250 year-old tradition were efficiently communicated by director Chris Taylor, whose primer on life behind the frat house doors, or ‘Greek life’ as it’s known (because most fraternities are denominated by letters of the Greek alphabet), was boosted by having privileged, if limited, access to a fraternity called  ‘the Garçon family’ – based at the University of Central Florida …

“Aside from the puerile behaviour and comparisons to British university societies like the Bullingdon Club, Taylor’s more serious focus was on the increasing legal scrutiny America’s fraternities are coming under, mainly as a result of rising numbers of sexual attacks and violent initiations – with evidence from young men and women who had suffered both.”

The Daily Mail said while no fraternity member was harmed during the making of this documentary, it was “rivetingly revealing. It made the notorious Bullingdon Club seem not that bad by comparison.”

“Abandoned dogs rescuing people is a formula that can’t go far wrong,” The Guardian said of Rescue Dog to Super Dog, a Channel 4 series that premieres the same night as Frat Boys.

“When I first saw the title, I imagined transformation of a very high order: dogs being trained to use defibrillators, dogs chewing through steel, that sort of thing.

“My disappointment, however, was shortlived: Rescue Dog to Super Dog kicked off as a kind of talent search, looking for abandoned dogs who might have what it takes to become support animals for people with particular challenges. Honestly, what more could you ask from a pet programme?”

The Daily Mail thought it “uplifting“while The Evening Standard warned: “If you love dogs, prepare to melt into a puddle of tears and warm fuzzy feelings.”

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