Scandimania (Channel 4), TV review
Ellen E Jones
Ellen is The Independent's TV critic. She writes a daily review of Last Night's TV and a weekly 'Inside TV' column for the i paper, as well as a column on general topics for the main paper most Wednesdays. Ellen is a former Hollywood correspondent and a contributing editor to Little White Lies, she's written on TV, film, lifestyle, travel and politics for publications including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Esquire and Total Film.
Monday 03 February 2014
The three-part series Scandimania sees TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall escape River Cottage and explore a different country per episode. This week it was Sweden’s turn to be broken down into its constituent parts by a man who once served human placenta pâté to friends. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Hugh singing along to ABBA hits, Hugh cheerfully eviscerating an elk, Hugh naked in an outdoor sauna and Hugh exchanging nappy-changing anecdotes with Stockholm’s “latte pappas”.
An hour in Hugh’s company is an hour well spent, but it is a shame this show doesn’t seem to have worked out whether it’s an aspirational travel show or an in-depth cultural study. It’s not quite alluring enough for the former and not quite perceptive enough for the latter.
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