We really ought not make too much of a fuss about television
programmes such as this, they are just produced to entertain. 10,000BC
is based on the popular 'reality TV' format that is so common with
many progammes today.
Any discerning viewer can tell these programmes apart from the more
meaningful and serious documentaries that represent the subject
proper, such as those presented by Mike Parker Pearson, Neil Oliver,
Julian Richards, Joann Fletcher, Simon Schama, David Starkey, and
10,000BC is merely a light entertainment programme where the
interaction between those on screen is as much the entertainment as
dealing with the subject in hand. a format that has made popular a
number of heritage based programmes including 'Battlefield Recovery',
'Time Team' and 'Bargain Hunt'.
On 1/21/16, Michael <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It was only by chance that I caught the first episode of the new
> 10,000BC series.
> As far as I can tell the main differences are:
> 1. They don't have modern shoes
> 2. They will be introducing a second "tribe"
> 3. There are three already made settlements
> 4. They seem to have more "weaponry" - but so not one appears to have
> had experience in hunting and no one seems to be an archer.
> 5. They appear to have ready made baskets.
> To summarise episode 1 - after spending time setting up camp and digging
> latrines in the camp surrounded by dry grassland - devoid of food except
> for some fruit on a tree (with no shots of them being actively gathered
> in quantity), the tribe found the dwelling by the reservoir and
> apparently due to the heat (but perhaps not mosquitoes) moved everything
> to the new location. Within the first episode they were shown putting
> baskets in the water.
> Based on the last series my guess is that very quickly a few people will
> be told "start pulling your weight or join the other lot ... or move to
> the other camp" ... OR ... perhaps more likely, a group of more
> effective and fitter people perhaps keener to hunt for food rather than
> sit in the shade eating other people's food, will leave and form a new
> Either way, this should overcome one of the most serious drawbacks of
> the last series which could be described as "survival of the
> laziest/fattest" - those who conserved their energies as everyone else
> went out to (try) to get food. Now those keen to get food have an
> effective way to divorce themselves from the hangers on.
> The competing tribe will also encourage the groups to focus on
> harvesting everything they can - rather than as they did last time -
> leave the fruit "for later".