Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Oz & James reach the end of the road

After eight weeks, all they
wanted was a cup of tea...

If you stayed the course and watched all eight episodes of Oz and James Drink to Britain, you may have wondered what all the fuss was about. The two tyros sampled beer, wine, whisky, cider, perry, gin and vodka...and then decided that after all they thought a cuppa was the drink that speaks for Britain.
Thanks, chaps, you've really done wonders to boost the craft brewing movement. What is astonishing is the sheer lack of intellectual coherence to the series. Why visit so many companies producing alcohol only to decide that tea was the best beverage, even though there had been no reference to tea during the series. Oz rather lamely claimed that beer was his favourite while James seemed at first to be plumping for wine, even though he has rubbished English wine for the past eight weeks.
In common with the lamentably bad Morrisey/Fox series last eyar, this was an opportunity lost. With the craft brewing sector growing against all the odds, surely cask ale is the beer that speaks for Britain. But it would seem that Tetley tea beats Tetley Bitter every day of the week.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For God's sake lighten up – look on the bright side for once, a generally favourable view of beer got on the telly for eight weeks.

25 February 2009 at 13:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with anonymous here. A bit painfully overacted and scripted, but I've not seen previous tours with them, guess it was the same. But loc.ale beer came out nicely in a random way throughout.

25 February 2009 at 14:38  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

It just skipped through with "sound bite presentation"
Whilst I enjoyed the programme I felt it was a missed oppotunity.

25 February 2009 at 17:51  
Blogger Kieran Haslett-Moore said...

I have been following it on youtube. I think its a mixed bag. I have a big soft spot for light weight English television but some of the scenes were dreadful. Brewdog on a park bench, Thornbridge House where the majority of coverage went to car turning antics in the car park, the rude response to the vintage beers in the cellar at Burton, and and the lager and curry scene where not even one characterful lager was used.

Perhaps this sort of television is better when its on a subject one neither knows nor cares much about.

26 February 2009 at 02:55  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Most of what the BBC does now is light weight, dumbed down, coarse and low brow. This programme was a perfect example of it.

26 February 2009 at 08:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was a touch disappointed that they didn't name some beer to be number 1 but then if they had that would have openned up a whole can of worms. By selecting Tea then knowone can really argue.
I thought the scene in the south of England in the field full of Hops was magic. What a great farm "garden".
If anything the series just makes me want to travel around Britain trying all the beers it has to offer. Clarke & May were lucky enough to go on a great trip and get paid at the same time.

26 February 2009 at 10:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drinks of Britain, I couldn't understand why the pair went to the Republic of Ireland to publicise their keg alcoholic version of coca cola. Ireland hasn't been part of the union since 1921!!

Surely there were far more interesting small brewers in Britain they could have featured in their show.

ND Liverpool

17 May 2009 at 16:27  

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