Series: The Jeremy Kyle Show
The Jeremy Kyle Show
is a British Talk Show
shown on ITV
on weekdays. Hosted by former radio host Jeremy Kyle, the show replaced Trisha Goddard's show (after a six month period with a UK version of The Jerry Springer Show
as a temporary replacement). It's quite similar, dealing with numerous issues the guests are struggling to deal with. Started in 2005 and is still ongoing.
Kyle himself was a bit of a Gambling Addict
, which cost him his first marriage. He turned his life around, and hosted a show on radio for a while before getting his own daytime show. He typically straight up tells his guests to get their shit together, instead of (as is more typical for talk show hosts) goading them into getting more dramatic. He gets very personally involved in the guests' problems, using Brutal Honesty
and, for example, telling drunk dads that he'll personally
call the police if they endanger their kids again. Jeremy is a helpful and thought-provoking host, and yet at the drop of a hat he can become a raving, shouting lunatic whom Charlie Brooker
has called a "psychotic head-fuck of a man". He has shown more hatred towards some of his guests than they do to each other, but in all his years in the job, he has yet to lose the plot completely.
The common issues guests have include Daddy DNA Tests
, possible affairs, alcohol and drug use, bullying, hateful families, tales of abuse, etc. Jeremy also uses the Lie Detector
in some cases. Most guests are from north England and don't help with stereotyping the British working class. Chavs often appear and are often the focus of Jeremy's anger. Most guest conversations will dissolve into downright shouting matches which Jeremy then has to break up by shouting even louder.
If the situation fuels a guest(s)' anger, they will likely stomp their way into the studio to verbally or physically attack the people already onstage. Jeremy has security guards on hand in case things get violent, and head of his after care council team Graham Stainer
provides extra support when Jeremy needs help with guests.
The show has had numerous special episodes that focus on more unique cases like people with physical/mental illnesses, teenage drinking in foreign countries, victims of prostitution, and dealing with celebrities. The 1000th episode dealt with characters from Coronation Street
Jeremy landed a Trans Atlantic Equivalent
in America, starting on September 19th 2011.
- A Father To His Guests
- The Atoner: Jeremy is this, since he lost his first marriage to a gambling addiction but changed his ways.
- Badass Boast: Usually does this once per episode.
- Badass Normal: Jeremy is a storm to be reckoned with whenever someone activates his Berserk Button.
- Berserk Button: Jeremy can lose his temper with the drop of a hat, hating lazy, ignorant and selfish people, particularly when there are young parents involved. He also despises racism.
- Perhaps the angriest he ever gets is towards male abusers of women. In some instances, he has gone so far as to instruct Graham to ignore them, deny them aftercare and called one (particularly nasty) individual "scum."
- An episode in late 2012 had Jeremy leave the stage in complete rage when three guests argue about the life of an unborn child and how its grave was vandalised by them. However, in the lie detector results, it is revealed the child's mother retaliated by posting photos of dead babies online to torment her former, then-pregnant friend. Jeremy ended up sympathising with the mother's supporting friends who are shocked by her actions.
- British Teeth: Seemingly a requirement of the people Jeremy "helps". Parodied here.
- Butt Monkey: Jeremy sometimes due to the fact that sometimes he has to chase after fleeing guests, gets insults thrown at him and sometimes gets blame for the lie detector results. The guests suffer this trope more though.
- Catch Phrase: Jeremy has a few.
- He often has to remind a guest that won't shut up that "it's called The Jeremy Kyle Show".
- Almost every time before he reveals the result of a Lie Detector or DNA test he says "Well, well, well", this is for the previews of what's happening next before the commercial break.
- 'Put something on the end of it'. Used so often it is lampshaded by guests.
- The guests in general are prone to using the phrase "at the end of the day" - parodied here
- Clingy Jealous Girl / Clingy Jealous Guy: Some guests cause problems when they break up or become estranged.
- Daddy DNA Test: One of the most used problem solvers in scenarios. Some reactions are pure joy, some are pure sorrow, and some involve Jeremy letting rip on the father/mother who may have caused trouble during the scenario.
- Doting Parent: Jeremy has hints of this and dishes parental advice out to those who need it.
- Establishing Character Moment: On the very first episode, when a guest went over to attack her sister, Jeremy's reaction? 'Welcome to the show. Do that again and you're off the show.'
- "It" Is Dehumanising: Jeremy often calls wife-beaters "that" instead of any gender pronoun.
- Kavorka Man: Many Kavorka Men and Women are the subject of a chewing out from Jeremy for being shit fathers and mothers.
- The Lancer: Jeremy's head of care Graham Stainer.
- Lie Detector: The second most common problem solver, used to sort out truths for guests who cannot trust each other. Reactions are often saved for advert breaks.
- Deconstructed on a few occasions. Quite a few results were inconclusive for a number of reasons including fidgeting too much during the test or being drunk during the test. Kyle tears these guests apart as a result (those tests are not free nor cheap).
- Lower-Class Lout: Many of the guests are this, usually unemployed.
- No Indoor Voice: Most guests and Jeremy spend their time arguing and it can turn into a contest of who can shout the loudest.
- Point-and-Laugh Show: A large slice of its viewing demographic is inclined to treat the show as this. Others might shake their heads in disbelief and see it as a Point-And-Weep Show. Maybe encouraging people in the affluent AB demographic to see it as a freak show, parading egregious members of the underclass for the entertainment of their social betters, gets the big-money advertising in. It is certainly repeated later in the day on other ITV channels, and it is noticeable how the quality and type of the adverts is completely different - more upmarket products aimed at affluent people.
- The Stoic: Graham Stainer has yet to lose his temper on the show.
- Averted in March 2013 where Graham expresses Tranquil Fury when a previous guest opted to take Graham's rehabilitation program, only to immediately start taking drugs again after the ones in his body were flushed out.
- Talk Show
- Trans Atlantic Equivalent: His American show. Also Maury, for all intents and purposes.
- The Unfair Sex: Sometimes played straight with the audience and averted by Jeremy. Men guilty of domestic abuse and less with almost always get booed at while women guilty of the same will often get away. And while Jeremy has a special hatred for wife bashers, he gives the same treatment to both genders and will for example call out his audience when they laughs at male domestic abuse victims.
- Use Your Head: The show's most controversial occurence happened when a man headbutted another man on stage. Something which the censors weren't prepared for.
- Very Special Episode: The show has had several special dealing with the consequences of prostitution, confronting murderers and pedophiles, disabled children, and a rather heated episode with the Westboro Baptist Church.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Jeremy hates abusers of women. His first comment when they enter is usually along the lines of "why are wife-beaters always scrawny bastards who can't hit a real man."