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The Slap.

That's the name of NBC's upcoming US adaptation of an Australian TV mini-series, which in turn is an adaptation of an award-winning novel (that shares the same clever name) by Christos Tsiolkas.

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Premise: It's Hector's 40th birthday and friends and family gather at his house for a BBQ. But in amongst the celebrations one of the guests slaps a child that is not his own. No-one can see it at the time but this single act begins to unravel the social fabric which once linked them all together.

My wife and I saw a trailer for it over the weekend and we laughed, and laughed, and laughed. Then, if you read the wonderful episode recaps on Wikipedia, you can see that things escalate very quickly. In 8 episodes, it goes from a man slapping a kid, to "lies, betrayal, and adultery".

This is real, and I can't believe it.

So my questions are: What, in your opinion, is the most absurd television show premise? If TV isn't your thing, what about movies?

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