The latest wave of peeping-Tom television, from "Joe Millionaire" to "Are You Hot?" reworks the old arrangement. Now the hopefuls have to tickle the libidos of the viewing masses.
John Leland, "Glued to Public Seduction TV," The New York Times, February 23, 2003
The idea is clearly borrowed from a American documentary in which New York cab-passengers talked with startling lack of restraint about their lives, unaware that hidden cameras and microphones were recording their every word and gesture. The fares ranged from a policeman who talked in graphic detail about what happened to people who fell under Underground trains to a mother with a drug habit.
The London version, Taxi! ... is not quite so extrovert but does produce some quite lively characters. ... Taxi! is the latest manifestation of Peeping Tom TV, of which Jeremy Beadle (with whom Lee Walker honed his public-participation skills) is the brand master.
Geoffrey Phllips, "The peeping cabbie," Evening Standard (London), December 19, 1996
weapon of mass distraction