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Trust, truth and television have a particularly tenuous connection. The story going round about the drugs documentary in which the runners were Equity members, their air fare courtesy of Carlton, and the heroin Extra Strong Trebor Mints, is a case in point. The traditional sense of stunned betrayal, patented when American quiz shows were fixed in the 1950s, is the official public response. This is disingenuous. We have a curiously childlike reaction to the screen, swapping the acute ...

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