No Waste Like Home, BBC2

by | Aug 18, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

BBC2 bids to save the planet from global warming with a don’t-waste-resources advice show.

What to say if you didn’t like it

It would have been more beneficial if BBC2 had just turned off its transmitters for half an hour.

What was good about it?

• The acting abilities of the Tibbet family – but we could still tell they were putting on their witless love of wastefulness.

• Eco-expert Penney Poyzer is gently assertive and doesn’t overplay her part (even though she looks Dawn Frenchish) – a lesson that should be adopted by some of the other 97 gurus bossing us around via the box this week (McKeith, Kim & Aggie, that ugly woman on 10 Years Younger etc)

What was bad about it?

• Penney tried to make the battle against climate change fun (a worm box, hens in the garden, meals made of leftovers, using lanterns at night, revival of the washboard and mangle etc) but it was still just another I-know-best exercise.

• The tiresomeness of the Tibbetts who have their heating set at tropical (which begs the question, why do thermostats go up to 30 degrees when the comfort zone is a mere 19-21?). The Cambridgeshire family also generate 20 loads of washing a week and throw out more food than most of us can only dream of buying.

• There was no dramatic before/after conclusion apart from some dry statistics shoved on screen as if this was some anarchic kids show.

• The punny title

• Making narrator Andrew Lincoln spout stupid statistics. We learned, for example, that Brits get through enough waste each year to fill enough double decker buses to stretch from London to Sydney.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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