Channel 5's Our Dream Hotel
With Alex Polizzi doing the narrator’s spot on Our Dream Hotel (Channel 5) you can’t help but be reminded of her other role as the troubleshooting and tough-love dispensing Hotel Inspector.
With that hat on, she specialises in businesses where hope has all but died.
If someone did have a dream, it’s now a nightmare and the more they need her advice, the less likely they are to listen to it, let alone put it into practice.
It’s fair to say that, given the challenges of the business and the ups and downs of the economy, a few of the people featured in this new series might end up that way too.
They might even have to get the Hotel Inspector around one day which will be something of a double whammy for Ms Polizzi.
Crucially though Our Dream Hotel is full of hope.
First up in this new series were a family from Brighton who had sold everything and escaped to a grand but dilapidated pile on Orkney.
For historians of the TV property genre, this was an important moment in itself.
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Thirty years ago, this would have been a programme about people risking everything and escaping to the unspoilt coastal wilderness of Brighton.
You have to go a lot closer to the Arctic Circle if you want to exchange your three-bed terrace for a country seat these days although in the case of last night’s family, the weather was part of the draw.
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Aine King suffered from a rare allergy to sunlight, making the blustery climate of the northeastern British Isles one of the few places truly suitable for her.
If this was a move of necessity, though, it was also a move full of enthusiasm.
Alex Polizzi is the narrator for the series
She, her husband and their two sons needed barrel-loads of it too in order to take on Highland Park House, once the residence of whisky baron James Grant.
As he surveyed the surroundings, eight-year-old Gerry said the place reminded him of Dr Who, as in, it looked like every single room might contain a monster.
Monsters there were but more in the form of rotting timbers and freak storms rather than Daleks.
Nineteen-year-old Dylan shared much of the renovation work with his mum while Gerry went to school and dad Anthony commuted to supply teaching jobs in a light aircraft.
They had an air of the Durrells, a bit eccentric and very can-do even when they couldn’t.
Those in search of family rifts would have been disappointed, this was very much a story of a family pulling together, grafting hard and achieving something great.
Not everyone’s idea of a dream but definitely inspiring.
Tried and Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List (C4) had a menu consisting of lamb shanks, baked beans, apple pie and whisky.
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Not great on the one plate, I wouldn’t have thought, but all of them are bought in huge quantities and at vast variations of price by the noshing British public.
In this neat little half-hour job, a board of foodie types tries out the various store-bought brands, frozen, own-label, bog-standard and pretentious.
There weren’t too many surprises in last night’s selection, cheap usually means nasty, especially where whisky is concerned.
It was, however, quite a surprise to see a panel of experts agreeing that they all liked something.
Especially when the something was a supermarket ready meal with mint gravy.