Did we like it?
Bossyboots TV bores and annoys us normally, yet expert Ruth Watson’s attempt to fix a failing hotel in Somerset was hilarious.
What was good about it?
• Ruth doesn’t try to steal the show, unlike most other presenters on Bossyboots TV. “I would rather die than have this china and these mats in my hotel,” she says from the heart, rather than just to make good TV.
• Jon and Sandie, the proprietors of The Saxonia guest house in Weston-super-Mare, were a great mix of Edward and Tubbs from The League of Gentlemen with a couple of cuddly Beatrix Potter creatures. The use of Psycho-style music was the perfect accompaniment.
• The hilarious lounge – the sort of place you’d expect to find only in a lunatic’s imagination – festooned with cuddly toys, china animals, shells, decorative plates, clocks, Constable prints and poster of the US Presidents on Mount Rushmore and Concorde.
• Ruth’s row with the Harrap’s about the cleanliness of the bedroom as they refused to accept there were frayed towels, tatty bed linen, dust on the light bulbs, nastiness in the grouting (called “clean dirt” by Jon) and more
What was bad about it?
• The sinister CCTV watching every move of the hotel’s guests.
• The unappealing sausages served for breakfast.
• The humiliation of the local MP who turned up for the low-rent re-opening ceremony, presumably just to get his face on TV.
• The shiny gold shirt Jon wore at the re-opening.
• While the hotel ended up looking polished, it also became soulless. We may have gone there before, just to laugh at the decor. Now it’s just another hotel with bad sausages.