4 items from 2016
This docu-soap about a new chain of clothes shops ruins its natural comedy by not knowing when to cut
Good news for the National Popular Factual Television Staccato Orchestra and their violin section peopled entirely by musicians with sore fingers from all the incessant plucking. Their almost uninterrupted work to provide every single British documentary series of the past 10 years with a jaunty soundtrack continues apace with Bargain Shop Wars (ITV). The docu-soap series follows the launch of new clothing chain Pep & Co as they roll out 50 new stores across the country in 50 days.
Owned by the former boss of Asda, Andy Bond, and managed by Adrian Mountford, the ex-head of clothing at Sainsbury’s, the ambitious new business aims to rival bargain retailers such as Primark with a fast turnover of disposable fashion at rock-bottom prices. From this first episode, the impression given is that at least some of »
- Julia Raeside
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- Press Association
Despite the rising number of top female reporters, women aren’t presenting Sunday’s political shows – last bastion of small-screen sexism
“Sofagate” put some fizz into our often soporific morning television last week. It was all change on the settee – superficially at least – as the female presenters, among them Holly Willoughby on This Morning and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, both on ITV1, swapped places with their male co-presenters. “Do you prefer Piers Morgan on the left or the right – or totally out of sight?” asked one tweet.
In broadcasting terms, the seating plan is not about viewers’ preferences, but about who is the boss. The “camera left” position denotes seniority because of the way we read – from left to right. When Dan Walker, 38, a rookie on the sofa, recently joined Louise Minchin, 47, a veteran of 10 years of BBC Breakfast, she rightly complained that he was in her place, »
- Yvonne Roberts
Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid jokingly switch seats after the BBC came under fire for placing Louise Minchin in the ‘junior’ spot on the right of the sofa. The left-hand side is often known as ‘the presenter one’, and Miriam O’Reilly blamed “deep-rooted misogyny in newsrooms” for the reason why male presenters are usually seated on the left
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- Guardian Staff
4 items from 2016
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