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My flatmates are acting a bit weird.

Byline: By Sarah Knapton

A teenager was given a reality check after signing up for TV's latest fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Jessica Lathan, 19, thought she was joining five other members of the public in a show called Making Friends.

The show followed six housemates living in a London flat, for a month.

But unknown to Jessica three housemates were actors following the instructions of a team of writers behind the scenes for an entirely different show - Bedsitcom.

Aspiring presenter Jessica, of Plessey Crescent, Whitley Bay, said: "When I heard about the show I wanted to be part of it as it gave you the chance to live in a really nice apartment in London and meet new people.

"I had to get through auditions of 10,000 people. When I signed up for it they told me it was a fly-on-the-wall version of Friends.

"I didn't have clue what the producers were really up to."

Jessica and two other male companions were left shocked by the exploits of their fellow housemates but did not rumble the actors for a whole month.

Jessica added: "Looking back it is really hilarious and I can't believe I didn't see through it.

"I was angry when I was told they had been lying to us but I soon saw the funny side of it. It was really strange realising we didn't know the people living with us at all."

Filming was in May. The teenager is currently doing a media degree at Northumbria University and is hoping to become a TV presenter.

Jessica said: "I think I came across as quite genuine. I have been cringing watching the shows back. It is embarrassing that I was oblivious to the whole thing for so long.

"I am still good friends with the actors and the others in the house so it was good for that. And hopefully it will help my career."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2003
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