Trinny And Susannah Undress, ITV1

by | Jun 5, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

A little bit more individuality is erased from existence as the two plastic automatons drill their sartorial philosophies into weak, psychologically-damaged people the pair hope to cure of all their ills with a new shirt and tie and a flattering bra.

What was good about it?

• Sue and Scott Mills undeniably look much better, on a superficial level at least, after a couple of weeks being brainwashed by Trinny and Susannah. But the central conceit of the programme is hugely flawed – that confidence, elegance and optimism can be instilled by a trip to a clothes shop.

What was bad about it?

• The bedrock of the ideology that underpinned the whole show was one of scorn for Sue and Scott, something which was intensified when the couple had been converted to believing that clothes were the root of all happiness. At the start, the observations were mildly spiteful. “Sue works as a police community support officer,” the narrator informed us as she strode along a street in her police uniform, before sneering, “Fashionistas need not apply.” Later on the comments became more caustic with: “Have Sue and Scott been rescued from the fashion gutter?”, “Sue’s rebirth into womanhood is complete” and “Trinny and Susannah have taken two thirtysomethings devoid of style and transformed them into sharp-looking individuals”.

• The root of Sue’s lack of confidence lay in a comment her father had made when she was a child when he called her “fat and ugly”. When Trinny drew this confession out of Sue, Sue started to weep and Trinny’s aspirations of morphing a coercive clothes show into a ‘life-coaching’ clinic were dashed on the rocks of her own indifference as all she could do was whisper a series of “OK”s, which were about as soothing as a chainsaw.

• At the meal attended by Sue and Scott’s friends and family, Susannah attempted to confirm her surface analysis of their troubles with a leading question. “Do you think the way they have been dressing is affecting their social life?”

• In the Naked Truth section of the show where Sue and Scott undressed behind a screen, Susannah and Trinny looked on with the squeamish revulsion of schoolgirls forced to watch an autopsy on a goat.

• To boost their relationship, Sue and Scott were sent on a break to Rome. Susannah said to Scott: “You’re in one of the most romantic cities in the world – so there’s no excuse for no canoodling, no loving.” Always one to perpetuate a stereotype, Susannah, not satisfied with making Sue and Scott look exactly like any other 36-year-old couple, she tried to compel them to act as everyone else strives to do in Rome, yet the apparent romanticism of the place is nothing other than a marketing ploy built on people’s delusions of Roman Holiday from more than half a century ago.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

05/06/2007

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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