TAKE four celebrities, dump them in the largest slum in Kenya and what do you get?
Not just riveting TV but also much to ponder about.
Why are we still getting it so wrong? What more can we do and do better. How can we help people to deal with what life throws at them – which is way beyond what any of us has to deal with?
And how much serious discussion goes on behind closed doors between those charities who co-operate on documentaries like Famous, Rich and In The Slums (BBC1) and the policymakers who decide how best to deliver our aid budget.
Quite a lot is probably the rational answer, so why then are there still so many questions about how best to deliver aid in its broadest possible terms?
Seeing Angela Rippon as one of the quartet (actress Samantha Womack, comedian Lenny Henry and Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates) left to fend for themselves in Africa’s biggest and most notorious slum, made compulsive viewing.
There’s the whole thing about where reporting stops and involvement begins and where one prevents you delivering the other.
It is perhaps why seasoned TV journalist Angela Rippon seemed the most composed, keeping her emotions largely in check and doing what she was there for – bringing the viewer in to share the reality of every day life for the people who live in Kibera.
That life saw her join a local woman Julianna whose day job was washing clothes. When asked how else she earned money, her answer was simple. She sold the only thing she had left. Herself.
There was a heart-stopping moment when this looked like disaster for the understanding that was quietly growing between these two very different women. But Angela Rippon used gentle humour to suggest that for her, the night work was not a good career move and opted instead for the day job. Brilliantly done.
That day job saw the two women walk for an hour and a half walk to work and Angela rub her fingers raw hand washing someone’s else’s clothes in a bowl.
Back-breaking yes, but nowhere near as emotional as what faced Samantha Womack who was put to work cleaning a hospital.
She was told to clear up after a young woman lost her baby on the stairs to the hospital. Samantha, who has family of her own, showed incredible grit.
It would be selfish she decided to give in to her emotions when so many others were clearly suffering so much on a daily basis all around her.
For some of the celebs the trip was plainly a massive wake-up call. For the rest of us, it’s a reminder that without people, usually reporters, willing to travel the world’s most troubled places, we’d never get to share other people’s hardship – and have the opportunity to do something about it.