What to say if you liked it
Crumbs of comfort for parents of kids who mumble and shrug a bit, smoke the odd fag and play their Maroon 5 records a little too loud.
What to say if you didn’t like it
Another pick at the scab of TV’s latest obsession – troublesome teens.
What was good about it?
• Dr Tanya Byron and Dr Stephen Briers are a rarity in the world of TV experts – they don’t overplay their roles, they don’t do lame jokes, they don’t seem the sort to end up on light entertainment shows as D List celebs.
• The subjects – 15-year-old twins Luke (baseball cap) and Johnny (beenie hat) – were easy to hate, being replicas of the ghastly Gallagher brothers, even if they are only victims of the lack of parenting skills of Glynis and Rob.
• Luke is into Spanish techno music. Kewl. He also has a cuddly toy in his bed. Not so kewl.
• Glynis’s marvellous collection of china polar bears.
• Tanya remaining reasonable but getting strict when Glynis stupidly handed out tenners to the boys immediately after being told to f**k off.
What was bad about it?
• Would Luke really have smashed up his mum’s chest of drawers with a hammer when she confiscated his decks if TV cameras hadn’t been around their North Yorkshire home?
• Johnny’s awful attempts at being an MC.
• None of the Gibson family could speak. All they could do was yell.
• Rob’s inability to have a conversation with his sons.
• Having to suppress annoyance when we heard the boys got at least £50 a week to spend – and the council send a cab to take them to their special school 20 miles away.
• Our tape running out before we could find out if Tanya’s system of bribes and fines turned the twins into decent citizens.