Tonight's TV Choice: Jonathan Meades: The Joy of EssexBy Hugh Fort
January 29, 2013
Jonathan Meades: The Joy of Essex
I've not spent much time in Essex, but I'd wager a lot of the people there aren't bright orange, obsessed with money and mostly unable to spell their own names.
I'd be mighty annoyed at the ghastly The Only Way is Essex as portraying the whole county as a giant gang of vaccuous airheads and feeding the bizarre modern obsession of making people who can hardly form a sentence into TV stars.
This is an antidote to TOWIE, a clever person actually going round the county looking at what's actually there,
Host Jonathan Meades looks at the modern architecture of Essex's towns, and visits the countryside (yes, there is some, quite a lot in fact) and villages.
He also examines the history of it and exposes the fact that in the 19th century it was used for another form of social experiment - sending people from London out to learn about fresh air and the countryside.