Piers Morgan On Shanghai: Shanghai Express
PIERS MORGAN ON SHANGHAI: Tuesday 19th January, ITV1, 9pm ALERT ME
I can’t understand how Piers Morgan is still working on TV.
He should be in a restaurant somewhere drinking champagne and chomping on panda steaks everyday instead of pointlessly traveling around the world and showing us what he’s found.
For the third episode in the series Piers heads to Shanghai to see how the other half live. And by other half I mean those censorship-loving Commies in the Far East.
The most industrious people in the world, the Chinese population is internationally considered to be still under the thumb of the Communist party but Piers showcases the enormous freedoms that the Chinese economy can provide.
And although I can hardly stand to listen to his voice anymore Piers does show another side to Shanghai, albeit a superficial, hyper-rich, consumerist side. Getting access to some rich people’s houses Piers finds that the state wide plan to be as rich as possible means that Shanghainese want the best cars, the best clothes and highest penthouses. If you thought the West had a problem with consumerism then you ain’t seen nothing yet. With China quickly establishing themselves as a superpower and no hint of a recession, their obsession with possessions grows larger.
Speaking of growing larger, the city is constantly expanding. Piers points out how the skyline is constantly evolving and being added to, with skyscrapers being constantly planned. But it’s still China; if the desire for redevelopment means putting people out of their homes and relocating them wherever the Government chooses, then that’s the way it is. But while the Government are still a dominant power, they are yet to conquer the Internet. Though they are constantly trying to ban social networking sites in order to stop the Chinese youth from socialising internationally, Piers is told by two bright young things that there are always ways around those kinds of things.
Piers doesn’t offer a deep insight, it’s more of a travelogue that occasionally delves into culture shock for ‘entertainment’. Interesting but like the millionaires of China demonstrate in the show, it’s all style and no substance.