TV proposal... & review: Green? We’ve been slimed!

Gerrard Winstanley office at
Tue Feb 10 22:22:58 GMT 2009

    * Off Grid (Nick Rosen & friends) are preparing a TV series for
possible broadcast next year. We are looking for people who currently
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off-grid but do not yet do so. This might be in a community or an
individual situation.

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TV review: Green? We've been slimed!
— by spy_vondega @ 12 Jan 2009

It's Not Easy Being Green (8pm, BBC2). But it's a doddle compared to
making decent TV. This is the worst ever attempt to tackle the green
agenda on TV. Its so bad it might get an award for kitch.
The eco-doc series returned to BBC2 for a third run in an awkward new
magazine format, after fashioning itself into a programme with no
discernible purpose.
Seasons one and two of the show concerned themselves with the
Strawbridge family's efforts to marry creed with comfort, as they set
out to build a environmentally-friendly life on a Cornish farm.
All well and good, if you like that sort of thing.
But series three isn't at all well and good, even if you do like that
sort of thing.
It's aimless, grey telly: a mish-mash of this and that, which winds up
looking like one of those non-specific stews dished up in a 1980s
veggie cafe.
We find the family still hard at it with green DIY. Last night, they
were putting solar panels on the roof, to go with the wind turbines
and the eco-khazi.
But now they've been joined by an unusually lacklustre Lauren Laverne,
who Reports On Stuff.
Yesterday, it was green swimming pools. She had the air of someone who
had been lied to by the producer.
There's also a bit about a London couple trying to renovate their
house in the Strawbridge style, and a lifeless segment which
calculates a celebrity's carbon footprint.

Its Not Easy Being Green
First up was Phil Tufnell, who may as well borrow Krusty the Clown's
"Will Drop Pants For Food" placard.
Holding it all together - just - is the extravagantly mustachioed Dick
Strawbridge, who looks like Willie Thorne's Walloonian cousin.
Dick's a bombardment of bonhomie who greets strangers with bear hugs
and erupts into great gales of crippling laughter at light-hearted
It would be quite gratifying to meet Dick. He'd make a manic
depressive feel like the life and soul of the party.

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