From the minute the titles run across the screen, accompanied by a wailing siren which eventually turns out to be a screaming woman, this is one fly-on-the-wall documentary that has had the emotions of avid viewers all over the place for two series now.
One Born Every Minute is a no holds barred, warts and all representation of life in the busy maternity ward of Princess Ann Hospital, Southampton.
For those who loved the idea of reality TV, but found Big Brother and the like becoming far too much about fame hungry people playing pretend lives to the camera, OBEM is a refreshing return to the norm and an unforgettable look at the rather taboo subject of what happens at birth. Using discreet, remote controlled cameras, the producers have done everything they can to ensure the ‘real’ in reality is maintained.
The people featured on the programme are not the run-of-the-mill minor celebrity reality TV fodder.
They are simply normal people going about their business and engaging in one of the most important days of their lives. Young and old, married, single and even gay, the couples on this show are much more concerned with their imminent parenthood than any trash TV magazine deal, so expect a genuine slice of real life when you tune in.
For young girls, the programme is an eye opener to the world of motherhood. For young boys, one of the most powerful contraceptives possible. For the rest of us, an emotional rollercoaster as we witness the pain, panic, heartache and joy of the miracle of life at first hand from the comfort of our living rooms.