Michaela’s Animal Roadshow Review: Cruelty To Viewers

August 3, 2009 by  
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“We’re going to be watching a video now class? – the best sentence to ever come out of any teacher’s mouth.

Of course those of us who have been unlucky enough to catch a glimpse of school television programmes in our adult years will realise that, ultimately, they were rubbish.

But oh how it didn’t matter at the time.

In prime-time however, it does matter. This was a dull programme without incident which seemed to last at least twice as long as it did. School-kids would have been yearning to return to algebra.

In Michaela’s Great British Animal Roadshow, the one time queen of kids’ TV, Michaela Strachan, took us on a slow amble through Colchester Zoo. Highlights of this jaunt included a possibly pregnant Rhinoceros, a hand-reared Cheetah and a colony of Meerkats who were moving to a different enclosure.

Unless you have a season-ticket at your local zoo however, this show would have struggled to keep your attention, and it represented an especially bad example of early-evening schedule padding by Five.

Before I go any further, let me make it known that I usually enjoy nature programmes. You know…the ones where we watch in suspense as lions wait to pounce. Mix in some gratuitous slow-motion clips and you have an extremely watchable TV programme.

This however, was about as watchable as a solar eclipse. It was neither entertaining nor particularly informative, and ridiculously, took up an hour of my life. If you also had the strength to get through the whole thing, you have my condolences.

I have to admit that at some stages, I didn’t think I was going to make it.

It really was cruelty to animals.


Sean Marland