Did we like it?
The fact that this was airing at 11.05pm suggested that it was too intelligent, and not sensational enough, for a primetime slot – and we were right. This was an above par celebrity vehicle-cum-redemption reality show.
What was good about it?
• Bolton boxer Amir Khan is a really nice, stylish bloke, approaching the “six volatile youths with a history of violent behaviour” with compassion and understanding and attempting to give them a sense of right and wrong.
• The exploration of Amir’s Muslim faith shed a lot of helpful light on the demonised religion.
• One of the yobs is the campest football hooligan ever.
• The men who helped Amir out didn’t overplay their roles and were simply firm but fair as they tried to get the lads to respect themselves and others – and cut through all the insincere spiel spat out by the lads that they had probably learned from years of therapy.
What was bad about it?
• The six yobs who have been taken in hand by Amir were all horrible, ugly, booze-fuelled idiots (Daily Mail readers must have had wet dreams thinking about them later). Amir got his work cut out, but at least the most idiotic, Devon dunderhead Derek, has departed, wimpering his way back home.
• The way the yobs were allowed to list their criminal offences (assault on a police dog etc) as if they were proudly revealing glowing GCSE results.
• The programme was doing very well until it started doing the reality show usual story building, with narration such as “Amir’s project is in crisis.”
• The up-close vomiting shot.