“There were cracks to peer down had the documentary had the nerve”

Necker Island

“As so often with Sir Richard there was probably nothing to expose, there were cracks to peer down, however, had the documentary had the nerve. “Richard” told us that a management team had once come up with an idea that banned the staff – mostly single and under 30 – from drinking or having “relationships” with the guests. They lasted one weekend. We need to find out more.”
Andrew Billen, The Times

“This ogling, panting documentary, directed and produced by Kari Lia, was so pleased to have exclusive access behind the scenes to one of the world’s most expensive resorts that it didn’t dare probe too deeply. The only conceivable reason to make this programme was vanity. Well done, Sir Richard, you’ve made yourself look like a second-rate Hugh Hefner, in a thatched imitation of the Playboy Mansion. Is that really how you wanted the world to see your private refuge?”
Christopher Stevens, The Daily Mail

“There’s the expat [staff], all toned, tanned gods of surf for whom flirting with the guests is part of the job description. Slightly demeaning, no? Head of finance Milly doesn’t seem to mind: “It’s interesting y’know, anything goes.” Perhaps occasionally acting as a human sushi platter seems a fair deal, when you’re the only accountant in the Northern Hemisphere who gets to go to work in flip flops”
Ellen E Jones, The Independent


“It’s easy to forget the passage of time with this show because it’s as naff and unreal as it ever was Nikki and her chums are meant to spend their time in laboratories, up to their elbows in spleens. Instead they go of chasing ne’er do-wells and getting into deep peril as if they were the police. There are police in it of course and there’s often some heated competitions over who can come out with the clunkiest, copied-from-a-textbook bit of dialogue”
Matt Bayliss, The Daily Express

“The plot seemed to be inspired by the Washington Beltway killings in 2002, when a sniper committed random murders along an American interstate highway; this time it was the M25, though the details were unimportant: what mattered was that pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander (Fox) got a good supply of bodies to start the new season.”
Christopher Stevens, The Daily Mail



“Might of well get this out of the way – I hate the premise of Weighing up the Enemy. Absolutely hate it. Why oh why must we add an element of competition to everything? Was it the worst thing in the world for these women to lose weight in this way? Probably not. They’re both adults and clearly consented to appear on telly to document this “experiment”. But I hate that it exists.”
Bim Adewunmi, The Guardian