Good shopping for the planet?
Ant and Dec give you the chance to ‘win the ads’, on Saturday Night Takeaway.
Bavin and Stacey take it one step further, creating a whole show from scenes from old commercials.
Foodie Chris Bavin and actress Joanna Page – one of Gavin & Stacey’s titular stars – collaborated on Good shopping for the planet? (BBC1), to help a family in Essex save money while reducing pollution.
Foodie Chris Bavin, presenter Melanie Sykes, actress Joanna Page and dancer Jordan Banjo team up on Shop Well For The Planet? (BBC1)
All their inspirations seemed to have been stolen from “housewife ads,” the kind that showed Una Stubbs or Wendy Craig in an apron and yellow rubber gloves, vacuuming with one hand and washing dishes with the other.
Mother-of-two Alison, in Chigwell, was delighted to have a plastic ‘eco-egg’ for her washing machine.
Filled with detergent granules, it really got the mud out of her boys’ sports gear – and with a cooler wash too!
The whole family was confused when Father Alex was eating a plate of vegetarian sausages . . . but he held up his thumbs.
Meanwhile, there was a lot of discussion about which brand of toilet roll was the softest.
It wouldn’t have come as a surprise if Maureen had called Lipman to exclaim, “You got an Oology!” while Leonard Rossiter poured another Cinzano for Joan Collins, and the hosts chorus, “Ah! Bist…’
Perhaps this is a sign of the times. The shock of the pandemic has shaken the country and may have led to a revival of traditional values on television.
We want to see happy, close-knit families like this one, eating together at the table in a house full of love.
The Larkins is an ITV drama based on a new adaptation of the classic novel The Darling Buds of May
So is drama, with the return of The Larkins. The difference is that everyone is now talking about ‘reducing their carbon footprint’ and cutting energy waste – a problem caused by rising fuel costs.
Some solutions were downright bizarre. One was to feed pets with dried insects. Insects, we were told, produce less carbon dioxide than a plate full of offal.
I’d like to see that ad: a pair of happy Labradors, with shiny coats and hanging tongues, jumping up a hill before scurrying into a bowl full of grasshoppers and blowflies.
Max Bonnar stars in BBC thriller Guilt, playing a corrupt and disfellowshipped lawyer
As an advertisement for Edinburgh, the cruelly comic thriller Debt (BBC2) is inviting. When characters want to meet in secret, they find a panoramic bench in the park and overlook the city from one of the beautiful vantage points.
And the palatial Victorian mansions, with their spacious cellars, provide an ideal place to get rid of a few corpses.
Guilt’s pleasure is his bad humor, as bitter and moreish as dark chocolate.
Phyllis Logan joins the cast as Maggie, the estranged wife of a mobster turned lawyer (and one of the jokes of the series is that there isn’t much of a difference between the two jobs).
When Maggie meets a shark-like salesman preying on her elderly neighbors, she doesn’t ask her ex Roy to teach the man a lesson by nailing him to the floor.
Literal. It’s great fun to watch Phyllis – best known as the kind Mrs Hughes, the Downton housekeeper – reveal her vengeful side.
Stuart Bowman takes over the role of brutal Roy, last played by Bill Paterson.
That’s a big jacket to fill, but the transition was quickly forgotten, helped by the fact that Roy has a deeper, more rounded character in this second season.
The story revolves around the corrupt, disfellowshipped lawyer Max, played with greed by Mark Bonnar.
Max has been in prison and has come out with new self-knowledge. He now realizes that he doesn’t need love or family. He just wants revenge. I told you it was dark.