There can be no denying that over the years Lord Prescott has been a marmite figure of British politics. The same can be said of the first episode of new Channel 5 documentary series, BRITISH MADE WITH JOHN PRESCOTT
Even though I smiled the odd time during its sixty-minute duration, my verdict here edges more towards hate than love. You could argue it was educational and informative in parts.
In this first programme the manufacturing history of Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce and the Soreen Malt Loaf were looked at. The problem being though, how do you make such a focus sexy, invigorating and exciting to watch? The simple answer is that you cannot and so throughout I was pretty much bored to tears.
It must be said that Lord Prescott did come across very personable overall. We saw him on the factory floor interacting with a variety of employees in an extremely jocular manner. I did not mind this show for about the first ten minutes or so, but then it started to get very tedious and samey.
There are also only so many scenes of seeing men in white aprons and hairnets, that you can witness without starting to lose the will to live a little bit.
The running gag throughout was that Lord Prescott was supposedly desperate to discover the 'secret ingredients' to both products. The problem here though was that if he said 'secret ingredients' once, then it felt like he must have said it another million times over. It became that repetitive that I even started to fear a new single by Jive Bunny being produced off the back of it.
Although the factory floor segments were broken up somewhat by archive footage as well as us seeing John conversing with his wife Pauline at home, it needed more of them. One factory floor looks like any other and so visually speaking, this documentary left a lot to be desired. There were no 'wow' moments for example.
This programme was not a car crash, but at the same time an hour felt like thirty minutes too long. The foods at hand were not interesting enough to maintain interest for over sixty minutes. Then again, perhaps the programme could have delved even deeper into the history of both products.
There was an opportunity here for it to be like the food version of Who Do You Think You Are?, however it failed.
Could have been a lot worse, but also could have been a lot better. Boredom was my overriding emotion as the ending credits rolled!
- Watched on Channel 5. 21/04/2019