Teen Angels, BBC3

by | Oct 5, 2005 | All, Reviews

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.

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