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theguardian - 10 days ago

House Share: the BBC Three reality show that reveals why communism doesn’t work

When six 21-year-olds move to London and have to share every penny, disaster ensues. This is Boot on the Face TV
I don’t want to sound too much like that guy from uni in a Baja Jerga hoodie whom you get cornered by at a house party and keeps exhaling weed smoke into your face but: I never quite understood the American fixation with not liking communism. What’s not to like? Share and share alike: seize the means of production and scatter them equally, a single piece for every man, woman and child, all living together in a perfect harmonic balance. And then I chain-watched four episodes of BBC Three’s House Share (available from Sunday, BBC Three) and: ah, OK. I get it, now. I get why communism doesn’t work.The principle of House Share is this: six 21-year-olds – Muna, who is in recruitment and wants to be Rian, who is in recruitment and wants to be James, who is just Scottish and here to see a city for the first time Jess, a fringe with a Mancunian accent who is fundamentally offended by the idea that you might exchange hours of labour for monetary Olivia, who at one point attempts to summon a job with a Wiccan salt and Paul, a fashion graduate who was born to wear vintage blazers and clap his hands on the beat of every word he shouts during an argument – move to London and live in a huge, soulless shared house in Finchley. Over the course of six weeks, they have to get jobs, earn money and chip in towards a central kitty, which not only covers the house’s bills and rent (obviously) but also each housemate’s travel, food, drink and sundries. Continue reading...

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