Departure Lounge, BBC1

by | Jul 29, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it?

A lively travel magazine for people who love minor celebrities and silly nonsense and have a need to hear at least seven superlatives per minute.

What to say if you disliked it?

The sort of anarchic approach to travel TV that would have the orange draining from the cheeks of our beloved Judith Chalmers.

What was good about it?

• Simon Calder – the Lee Evans of TV travel – excitedly guiding us past the pitfalls of going abroad. “I am on hand to perk up your package,” he promised. Cheeky.

• Angellica Bell is quite perky without quite hitting the level of being irritating.

• The suitcase destruction test made good TV, with packed cases being subjected to bungee jumping and catapulting to see if tacky china souvenirs inside could survive.

What was bad about it?

• Nick Knowles’ unkempt appearance. We normally find him insufferable, but his presentation of this programme wasn’t too bad. However, his scruffy appearance made him seem like one of those poor bastards who has to spend a week on a bench at Heathrow while the French air traffic controllers play out yet another dispute.

• Setting the programme at Manchester Airport gave it a sense of being at the heart of the matter. Pity that so much was almost drowned by tannoy announcements.

• Jilly Goolden, the acceptable face of winoism, was still as annoying as ever in her fatuous little segment (buying wine in France while hypnotised)

• Kirsty Gallagher, the poor man’s Lisa Riley, was still as bland as ever in the Departure Lounge Challenge (Saira from The Apprentice is undertaking the budget travel task in show two, which’ll be much more fun)

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