“We’re cornered, we’re absolutely cornered” says one rat infestation victim. Help! My House Is Infested shows the devastating effects of bedbug, rat, moth and fox infestations. The pests spread quickly and they achieve lethal results causing damage to houses and families that often leave a hole in one’s pocket.
However, presenter Sarah Beeny shows that there are solutions. She calls in different “pest busters” to deal with the problems. From heating the house up to 50°C with industrial heaters, to finding ingenious ways to fill an inaccessible pipe, the professionals effectively remove the pests.
Help! plays off the battle between pest and people well, highlighting the grotesque nature of an infestation through vivid images of bedbug bites and dead rats caught in traps. Focusing on specific families certainly helped underline the deep-rooted impact that an infestation can have. The battle is intense as creative detective work from the infestation controllers, using thin tube cameras to look down drains, and placing UV powder to track rats, fought back against the pests. Read more
Wouldn’t life be amazing if fat Iranian men popped out of nowhere to save you from wasting money? Well this is the picture that Moneysupermarket.com paint for us in their adverts starring comedian Omid Djalili. Possibly inspired by the shenanigans of GoCompare, the company has taken the humorous route for the new adverts as opposed to their previous efforts – which were pretty lifeless: White background, cheap computer graphics… oh and Peter Jones on a trolley (just making another quick buck). Just as Moneysupermarket.com save us money (apparently), they have now saved us 40 seconds of rubbish by making an entertaining advert with Djalili.
Known for his racial humour, exposé of stereotypes and “Nigerianitis” (the disease where one slips into a Nigerian accent for no apparent reason), Djalili’s comedy blends well with this advert. “In the Middle East there is a name for people who are born without the ability to haggle. They call them, British.” It is apparently due to an “overactive cringe gland”. So true and it certainly has one thinking about losing that haggling phobia. Djalili delivers in his trademark Iranian (or general Middle Eastern) accent with destruction wherever he goes.
The ending comes straight out of the cheese factory with the patent, radiant smile of Djalili and the magical music as he rises “above the high street”. And in classic Djalili fashion, there it is, the switch back to the English accent, haggling to get down from above the high street. One thing that still bamboozles me is: who decided that all price comparison sites would advertise in a foreign accent? There is Gocompare.com with the Italian opera singer, Comparethemarket.com with the Eastern European meerkat and now the Iranian problem-solver for Moneysupermarket.com…
When you think of smuggling, maybe the image of a wooden legged, eye-patched pirate comes to mind, or maybe just Johnny Depp. However, ITV’s Smugglers is a proactive and stimulating exhibition of the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) fight against criminal smuggling of drugs and tobacco, which is masterminded by organised international crime groups.
ITV’s new series tracks the different sections of the UKBA from key smuggling ports such as Dover and Harwich, to the sea where UKBA boats are in hot pursuit of ships containing illicit substances. The action is tense and along with the soundtrack that sounds like it should accompany Gladiator, this documentary is truly gripping and revelatory.
Smugglers goes deeper than to just look at how the UKBA operates, it also explores the psychology of some of the criminals, citing financial difficulties and an ignorance to the reality of their actions as motives for their crooked ways. Often presented as a gamble, smuggling is a game of high risk, but an even higher reward. Read more
Charlie Sheen’s exit from the hit US sitcom Two and a Half Men is set in stone after clashes with Chuck Lorre and Warner Brothers, revelation of his drug addiction and stories of his wild lifestyle. But who (if anyone) will fill his booze-addled shoes?
Despite suggestions that Charlie may be rehired for the show, Jeremy Piven is a name that appears to be linked to the role of Charlie Harper, although Piven’s rep Stan Rosenfield told E! News: “[Neither Piven] nor anyone who reps him knows anything about this.”
Although it is unclear who will succeed Charlie Sheen, there is no doubt that the wit and vulgarity of Charlie Harper will be hard to recreate.
As well as the uncertainty surrounding the future of Two and a Half Men, there is an unpredictable outlook for Sheen’s career. With three million Twitter fans, a host of t-shirts dedicated to the star, and a new tour across the US called “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option”, the expectation and hype around the star is high.
The question is, will Charlie Sheen be able to deliver, or will it be time to go back to his “shrink”, as the trailer for the last episode of Two and a Half Men amusingly highlights?