....SLUMS....BUT ONLY ON A SUNDAY....
.....just after cosy Countryfile on BBC 1, on snowy Sunday nights. 'Call the Midwife,' and then 'Ripper Street,' back to back: both have screams a plenty. Tonight I was shouting, 'YES to gas n' air,' at the first,
and 'can Inspector Reed (Matthew Macfadyen) stop talking in such an urgent way ALL THE TIME.' When he asks for a cup of tea, you feel Armageddon is on its way. Mind you, he had an urgent tone in Pride and Prejudice; I thought that was just the dodgy
POVERTY AS PORN?
Are these programmes supposed to make us feel better about ourselves, even though we might have
lost our job, be living on the minimum wage, or beneath the poverty line in the UK? 'Times are tough, but hey, I could be turning tricks in the East End, or pushing out my 10th kid because the old man won't use a rubber.' Better to be a 21st century
voyeur, than a Victorian vagrant eh?
LADIES, FORGET BOTOX, HERE'S A......LOBOTOMY....
The women get all the action. They get their
throats cut, are killed for sexual pleasure, (Ripper street, first episode) and if they're really lucky, end up in Bedlam. 'Ladies, .....now for that lobotomy,' says the evil Doc, 'It's just like botox.' Matthew tipped up, thank god, and Lucy, the (great
looking) hooker with the heart escaped, with her mind intact. The baddie though, got his high voltage just deserts, dying on a live tube line (he'd helped to build) after being exposed by the lovely Lucy as, 'hell itself.' No, that's the Northern
line at the weekend.
MIRANDA'S MOONLIGHTING NOW.....
I can't quite get my head around Miranda delivering a baby. Shouldn't she be breaking
out into song whilst popping out the placenta? This week it was a ship birthing. To be completely accurate, a woman on a Swedish ship having her baby. The twist? Her father had lugged her on board to be the crew's sexual helpmate. Result? Her pregnancy. The
father? probably a strapping sailor who didn't want to take 'precautions.'
Rape murder and poverty; mmmmmmm. For one minute I thought I was on a bus in India.