Beauty & the Beast
Wednesday, 8.45pm, ABC2 Relax, this isn’t reruns of Rex Mossop or Clive Robertson brutalising his female panellists while pretending to counsel readers who have written in for advice, and I use the term lightly. Instead it’s about the relentless pursuit of beauty in England, where last year about £17 billion was spent on beauty products and a further £650 million was spent on cosmetic surgery. Here we meet indulged women and men who spend up to £3000 ($4600) each month on beauty products and treatments. Does the phrase more money than sense spring into your brain as well? The narrator says that for many of us the pressure to conform to ideals of beauty is huge. ‘‘ I don’t feel good enough, I don’t feel pretty enough,’’ says one perfectly lovely looking woman. But the program also has a heart, investigating the plight, in our beauty-obsessed world, of those who are not good looking: people who through illness, accident or heredity have less than Buckley’s chance of being considered conventionally beautiful. ‘‘ People who are obsessed with the way they look are the real beast,’’ says one such woman. I couldn’t agree more.