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TV Critics

1 Jun '12

“A near-perfect example of how to BBC1-ify a programme.” Read on for the verdict on last night’s TV.

“A near-perfect example of how to BBC1-ify a programme. The fact that Griff Rhys Jones is the vehicle’s driver is point one…Spectacle is essential. And quite a bit of larking about, too…To be fair, the idea may be strong enough here to survive its execution.”
Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent  

“It’s OK, I suppose. Quite interesting. I still don’t really buy the route thing as an idea. And I’m also just a teeny bit bored of famous people wandering around Britain, looking for new ways to say it’s brilliant. Enough already.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“It wasn’t quite as annoying as it could have been though…GRJ has no need to try to fill the screen with personality.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

THE MEAT MARKET: INSIDE SMITHFIELD, BBC2

“Fergus O’Brien’s thorough, sober, non-judgmental, fascinating documentary about a virtually male-only world operating to antediluvian values…Racism lay not far beneath…Sexism was plainly laid out on slabs.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

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