Written on: 02/06/2005 by Hank (124 reviews written)
Fat families punished with activity holidays
That some of the people on this show are living and breathing in our society
Holiday Showdown could be described as a social experiment. It isn't. It is simply a case of either testing the traditional class divides in the UK or simply putting together two clans who are bound to hate each other regardless of the holiday. Moaners, stubborn types, slobs and sloths are welcome on this show.......as long as they know they are going to be paired up with polar opposites. So if you holiday in the Maldives, prepare to be whooed by a week in Whitby.
The shows premise couldn't be easier. Two families who have never met before are flung together, each family is convinced they can show the other family a great time on their annual trip. They all pile off for a holiday to the preferred destination of family X and then to the location of family Y.
The same format follows every week. Kids get on and generally have a ball. Parents moan, fight, proclaim the other holiday is a waste of time and they all have a ding dong at the end.
It's usually good fun to watch, if you have a family of burger eating lard buckets then you can bet your bottom dollar they will be put with the sports enthusiats. One week in burger joints and chocolate followed one week cycling over rocky terrains. You watch the sporty types die of boredom and disgust followed by the fatties dying of exhaustion - priceless.
Or you get your family of council estate bums going on holiday with a plethora of snobs - watch the classes riot!
It's an easy hour of TV and if they ever picked two normal families the show would die. Because two normal families would make the most of the free holidays and have a good time.
The new series kicked off last night on ITV1. Highlights so far included the 'common family' taking some snobs camping on a back to basics trip in Wales. Common Dad thought it would be a good idea for the whole family to share a tooth brush....including the family dog. I suppose this made perfect sense to the guy though, after all, his wife was a pig so sharing with his dog must have been a walk in the park.....
Common Dad got dragged kicking and screaming to Florence as well, he was at furious the 'swearing graffiti' in the city and proclaimed there was no graffiti at the Welsh campsite haven he visited:
A) We are expected to believe that Common Dad can read Italian???
B) Has no one told Common Dad that the Welsh haven't advanced to felt tips yet...
To finish the show, Pig-Wife ate her evening meal while sat in bed....Yuck!!!
I can't wait for the next episode!! Some of you Brits makes the locusts on Jerry Springer look classy!!