Kirstie and Phil’s Va­ca­tion

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 7.30pm, Life­Style Kirstie All­sopp and Phil Spencer have be­come one of British tele­vi­sion’s great dou­ble acts. En­gag­ing and just a bit gen­teel, they em­body that pe­cu­liarly mod­ern TV fan­tasy: the pos­si­bil­ity of per­sonal re­demp­tion though self-im­prove­ment. They are fa­mous for their prop­erty show Lo­ca­tion, Lo­ca­tion, Lo­ca­tion and its off­shoots that deal with the hous­ing mar­ket and how you can be­come a bet­ter per­son if you learn how to ne­go­ti­ate its pit­falls. There’s al­ways lots of melo­drama — some of the par­tic­i­pants’ as­pi­ra­tions are pos­i­tively utopian — and trav­el­ogue as they take us across Bri­tain. Now, like a smart hus­band and wife (they are not a cou­ple off the screen), in this se­ries they are check­ing out the best hol­i­days across the world. Tonight they are in Cat­alo­nia, in Spain, and the Mal­dives. It’s a hoot.

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