REVOLTING, BBC2, 10pm
THIS new series, from the creators of The Revolution Will Be Televised, offers a satirical look at the sad state of modern Britain.
Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse go out into the towns, trains and festivals of Britain to find people to mock. This is fine when the targets are corporations but the opening sketch, where one of them poses as a Ukip politician on the hunt for new policy ideas from the general public, seems rather sneering. He questions people on the streets of Loughton in Essex and subtly mocks their anti-immigrant views, agreeing that clearing out immigrants means that decent British folk can finally be “free to work in construction sites, clean toilets and work in Pret A Manger.” Didn’t Brexit happen because media and elitist types were scorning the views of people like this?
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Then they gatecrash a left-wing festival to mock the “dreadlocked quinoa-touchers” who’re trying to radicalise the public with stalls selling sandalwood oil.
Choose some bigger targets, lads.
YELLOWSTONE, BBC2, 9pm
IS there a patch of this Earth that hasn’t received a visit from a BBC filming crew?
Probably not, and so you might be tempted to shrug and ignore this new series, thinking, “Grizzly bears, wolves and snowy mountains? I’ve seen it all before.”
But this three-part series is set in Yellowstone and Yellowstone, although beautiful, is a frightening and dangerous place.
Just a few weeks ago, news reports told of a tourist in the national park who’d been boiled alive and his body dissolved in a hot, bubbling acid pool.
Kate Humble presents this series, which focuses on the animals and looks at how they cope with the annual thaw.
The change in the season tempts the bears out of their hibernation, but if they emerge too early it could mean death, and massive packs of grey wolves go scouring the land for prey.