But not very far. New BBC drama gets quasi-feminist analysis and we ask what Robbie Williams is doing there...
Posted: 27 March 2002
It's bad - or maybe good news - for fans of BBC mountain rescue
soap Rockface. Tonight's episode has scudded forward to a later
8.30pm time slot, apparently to allow Stephen Fry to go in search of
the threatened Andean spectacled bear in deepest, darkest Peru.
If you've tuned into the antics of the fictional Glentunnock,
sorry, Glentannock MRT yet, then you owe it to yourself to give it a
go at least once, if only so you can join in the forum discussions on
their latest technical faux pas...
Last week's classic was a five-student climbing disaster precipitated
when all their pitons apparently pulled after a leader fall. Today's
students eh? Still using pitons instead of those new-fangled
Chouinard stoppers... Bring back student grants, that's what we say,
make student climbing safer.
Then there's the team's untypical habit of relentless shaving to
remove any trace of a beard and their curious sloth when on rescues.
They tend to amble across the hillside while having a good old
chinwag - don't let imminent death stymie your conversation boys and
Oh yes, girls. Never missing the chance to grab a good old cliche
and run with it, the two lasses on the team are already hellbent on
stereotypical roles. One is an aspirant GI Jane-style wannabe,
desperate to prove that she's as good as any of the guys and cement
her place on the team, while the other - the one with lots of curly
ringlets, finally embraced girliness at the sight of blood.
Wouldn't it have been marginally less predictable if it had been
one of the guys who'd lost it amid the gore? But then this is
populist TV, so what the heck. Oh, one last observation, what
is Robbie Williams doing gallivanting about the hills with a
Tonight's episode, by the way, apparently features a 'children in
trouble white water rafting' scenario. Expect more beardless heroics.
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BBC Scotland showed this weeks episode on Monday. Due to the France V Scotland footy.
I don't want to spoil it for you by letting you know what happens. You'll just have to watch it for yourself and then discuss it tomorrow as usual.
Posted: 27/03/2002 at 13:14