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The Wilsons Save The World
The Wilsons Save The World

It's more or less a given that I'll listen to any radio show Marcus Brigstocke happens to be in. I'm a fan of his Brig Society, and desperately want more of The Museum of Everything. Unfortunately, that's looking a bit unlikely, so I'll have to make do with this new show about an environmentally and ethically concerned family.

Now, if you know Marcus Brigstocke, you know that he tends to get very shouty about the environment, mostly it seems because he lives in it and it's the only thing he's aware of that can make cheese. As such, you might be a little wary that this could be somewhat preachy. Let me disabuse you of that notion.

While this is a programme in which the choice to live an ethical lifestyle is central, it's not used for sermon purposes, but is rather the primary source of conflict in what is a fairly traditional family conflict comedy.

For example, the main point of dissension this week is whether it's reasonable to go on a holiday in a foreign country, with all the associated carbon costs. Brigstocke, playing his usual posh boy self has already seen the world before the activism bug bit him, whereas Kerry Godliman, with her rather more limited experience wants to travel. Godliman is also excellent, providing a nice down to earth counterpoint and some fun scheming.

It's a very nicely positioned piece that has some interesting things to say about the inherent conflict of people being taught that certain luxuries are your way of proving you have class, while they also come with an ethical cost. (I'm mostly thinking about avocados.)

There's also a fun angry postman and the children are less annoying than expected, which is always a pleasant surprise.

It's got enough comedy chops to stay on my listen list for the rest of the series and I can heartily recommend it.

Highly recommended.

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