Keith Allen spends some quality time with former child prodigy James Harries and his family. At first sight, they may seem to be a houseful of geniuses, but although every single member has... See full summary »




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Keith Allen spends some quality time with former child prodigy James Harries and his family. At first sight, they may seem to be a houseful of geniuses, but although every single member has a PhD in Metaphysics, we soon discover that some were purchased from a fake university in the USA, while the others were awarded to them by themselves. As the documentary proceeds, it eerily becomes apparent that this is a family that believes its own mythology. They regard themselves as morally, intellectually, and financially superior to the rest of society, even though the clan (housed in a mock mock-Tudor cottage in the middle of a Cardiff council estate) includes a convicted arsonist, an astral projectionist, a former Bunny Girl, a part-time private detective and a sex-change daughter (James is now Lauren), all of whom seem to live their lives in a parallel universe. Written by Sue Davies

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Keith - In future, leave the shock docs in the safe hands of Louis Theroux.
24 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before anyone reading this review watches this documentary, i feel compelled to warn you that this is LITRALLY the most bias and unfair documentary I have ever seen. At the very beginning, I was quite surprised when a warning message flashed up, but I didn't have to wait long to find out why. It soon becomes apparent that Keith Allen intended from the off set to humiliate and exploit this notorious family for entertainment. Ironically throughout the film, Keith contradicts his own style of aggressive "honest" documentary-making by suggesting that the Harries family are fame-hungry, media fanatic delusionists themselves. which is a bit rich coming from Lily Allens father.

There are many unsupported accusations from host Keith during the documentary. Its clear that the production team wanted as much dirt as possible on Lauren, and didn't really care about the obvious impact it would have on her and her family once aired.

Towards the end of the hour long human bear-bating, Keith owns up to his many mistakes by making out his bully boy digs and back handed rude sniping was in fact because "he isn't like other documentary makers" who supposedly remain impartial to the subjects face, yet heavily two-faced in the editing room. The fact that Keith must have undoubtedly cosied up to the family while they played host to him for however long he was making the film slipped his mind somewhat, because lets be honest if he had gone in all guns blazing from the off-set then it would have been a very short film.

Honest or not, You cant deny his behaviour is out of order and fuels the flames of hatred which many people have for this family, but thats what you get if you employ arrogant, delusional has-beens to host controversial shock-docs. His child-like temper tantrum at the end should have been the last nail in the coffin for Keiths presenting career- but sadly, recently he has been involved in making a new shock doc for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival along with Mohammed Al Fayed, about the death of Princess Diana... So lets look forward to another hour long bombardment of bias propaganda!

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