REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
WHEN opening titles have a smiley face and a sad face, I get concerned. Are we watching a show put together by primary school students? Will it feature Justin Bieber and Hannah Montana?
While it may not be created by children, the plot could probably have been someone’s year 2 project. Get perfect strangers (a bogan family and a snobby family, both from England) and make them spend two weeks together on holiday. One week the snobs choose the spot, the next week the bogans are in charge. Provoke fights and film it.
The bogans are the Matthews family. ‘‘ In a quiet corner of the south coast lives a family who’s anything but quiet,’’ says the commentary.
Single mum Caroline has three kids: Emma, 20, Richard, 15, and Jessica, 13. They smoke, drink and swear.
‘‘ My mum’s style of parenting is pretty much do what you bloody well like. There’s no rules, there’s no forcing us to be a family and sit around a table having a meal. We don’t do that,’’ Emma says.
The Williams family are the snobs. Dad Chris is a bore who loves to lecture the Matthews under the guise of educating them. It comes across as con- descending. With wife Maggie, son Robert, 20, and daughter Rachael, 18, they holiday in a French chateau.
‘‘ So many times I just want to jump up and say, ‘ Shut the f---up’,’’ Emma says of Chris.
I’d use slightly different language, but agree with her.
The Matthews are obsessed with wine tasting.
‘‘ I think that’s strawcoloured, actuaaaaally,’’ says Rachael about a white wine.
Their choice of group activity is ridiculous: a wine appreciation class. Richard is 15 and Jessica is 13. What the?
The Matthews get their own back when they head to an adventure holiday park with skirmish, a survival course and quad biking. Holiday Showdown LifeStyle, Foxtel/Austar, 9.30pm
Snob: Chris Williams.