Location, location, location
Child of our time: being 20 years old
There was a time when Location, Location, Location (Channel 4) seemed to present an endless stream of young professionals with names like Monty and India who wanted to live in the country.
Oh, and she would need a studio to indulge his creative outlets in their rural home, while he would need a London crash pad.
The first episode of the new series of house finders came out of the London bubble to focus on Bristol, where house prices have risen 75% in the past decade.
Phil Spencer was looking after software developer Greg and his wife Joanna, who had £ 800,000 to spend on a family home.
Phil Spencer is pictured with location, location, location co-host Kirstie Allsopp
Joanna had a doctorate in molecular electronics which Phil said made it difficult. He believed that smart people were nightmare home buyers because they thought about things too much rather than living with their emotions.
Kirstie Allsopp had no such problems with her relationship. Liz was desperate to feel “the feeling” when she entered a property. Meanwhile, his partner Ben just wanted a room large enough for a king bed, a safe place to leave his flashy car, and space for a barbecue.
Kirstie didn’t have a truck with couples hanging from an outdoor space they hardly ever used. “We are not in Spain,” she growled.
Phil, sporting a deep tan, put Joanna under pressure to stop being one of those intelligent people who like to think. “Over-analysis leads to paralysis,” he said. A slogan that we must hope never to understand.
Liz got “the feeling” when Kirstie showed Ben and her a Georgian apartment, and they ended up paying the asking price of £ 495,000.
When the program closed, Liz and Ben were moving into their new home, while Greg and Joanna were still procrastinating and seeing the houses.
When it comes to ticking the boxes for TV shows, location, location, location is comfortable, entertaining and familiar; even if I missed the chance to roll my eyes in Monty and India.
Eve on Child Of Our Time: Turning 20 (BBC2)
All of the young adults featured in Child Of Our Time: Turning 20 (BBC2) had not yet reached the property ladder. In fact, I would be hard pressed to tell you what one of them was doing.
When the documentary – following the development of 25 children born at the start of the 21st century – was launched in 2000, it was hailed as a “bold new project”.
Two decades later, the creators of programs seem to have lost interest. Three years after the last update, only a handful of the 25 original subjects have been presented and this episode relied heavily on old images.
The revolutionary Seven Up! the series showed us that people who sign up for a long-term television project are often cold feet and give up. Had this happened with Child Of Our Time? We weren’t told.
Jamie in Child Of Our Time: Turning 20 (BBC2)
Many of the featured youth spoke of their battles with mental health issues, but in many cases their stories were rushed and felt incomplete.
Charlie was taken into care at the age of five and was accommodated in 14 children’s homes. A new mom herself, she spoke emotionally about how she had blocked her own troubled childhood and said that her dearest wish for her grandson Elijah was to stay away from the gangs, drinks and drugs and being “ one of those geekies ” instead. college kids.
Twelve of the couples involved at the start of the series separated and 14 of the 25 children went to university.
The 20 years that appeared were all brilliant, articulate and seemed eager to leave their mark on the world. What a shame, then, that this ambitious project ends not with a blow but with a groan.