The Woman Who Stops Traffic, Channel 4
Did we like it?
Seeing as our betes-noires are stuck-up bitches stuck up in 4x4s and fat men who drive to the newsagents on the corner to pick up their copy of the Daily Star, we loved this programme – an attempt to get them to unclunk-unclick and use those two things dangling down from their waists rather than ruining the planet for our children’s children’s children (the Ribena drinkers of the future, if Earth hasn’t gone up in a puff of smoke).
What was good about it?
• Campaigner Kris Murrin wasn’t strident or unrealistic; she just wanted to get people to stop making unnecessary car journeys. Avoiding the bossboots approach of most TV ‘experts’, she used lots of patience in the face of stupidity and selfishness to achieve her goal.
• The ability of the programme to make our blood boil (on a chilly February night) by exposing us to the dimwit residents of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, who wouldn’t know logic even if it climbed into their passanger seats and whistled along to the radio. Biggest fool of the night was the head of Marlow’s chamber of commerce who wouldn’t even listen to Kris’s requests. Other doddery fools, thick women and 4×4-driving bitches also had us deciding to never venture anywhere near Marlow.
What was bad about it?
• The programme being forced to abide by The Law Of Channel Four which demands the narrator pretend that everything’s going horribly wrong so that the happy alright-on-the-night ending is all the more happier.
• The parents who refuse to let their children walk to school even though it is less than 15 minutes away. The poor things may get a little wet from time to time, they whined.
• The narration was amusing in parts. Kris’s campaign group was described as “not eco-warriors, more Vicar of Dibley” as they stirred their tea and grabbed at the cakes on offer.