What a very disappointing programme Victoria's Empire was this evening.
I had hoped the BBC had found another presenter able to fill Michael Palin's boots for a quality travel round the world adventure.
Sadly, what Victoria Wood served up was bland, uninformative, rather naive drivel. It was like a dumbed down version of Palin with no interaction with the people in the places she visited, just too much of Victoria Wood giving a commentary of what she was doing over the video footage along with some very silly rather twee music which seemed to get in the way of what was going on.
Perhaps the stupidest of comments was her talking about the
“monumental arrogance” of our ancestors placing British buildings in India. “I suppose we thought we were just giving them our best buildings."
I don't suppose it occurred to Victoria Wood that people from Britain kn ow how to build British houses, so that is what they did. It wasn't arrogance, its called building what you know how to build. It's practical, it saves time, and it makes sense. Perhaps we should get Ms Wood to look at the Mosque in Hyde park and ask her to lecture them on the "arrogance of building a building like that from the Middle East when you can see Canary Wharf in the distance"
All in all, very, very poor and not something I will watch next week.