Mary’s Bot­tom Line

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 9.30pm, Life­Style The rather risque pro­mo­tions on the Life­Style Chan­nel for this new se­ries, de­but­ing tonight, might have you be­liev­ing that all Mary Por­tas cares about is show­ing off pert fe­male bot­toms in lacy knick­ers. I’ll ad­mit that’s a ter­rific pro­mo­tional strat­egy but it’s not really what the show is all about. Por­tas, who has been in the re­tail busi­ness for 30 years — from Satur­day girl to man­age­ment trainee and then cre­ative di­rec­tor — knows what she is talk­ing about. Now one of the world’s lead­ing brand­ing con­sul­tants, this woman is de­ter­mined to right the wrong that oc­curred when Bri­tain, which used to have its own rather vast tex­tile and cloth­ing in­dus­tries, opened the doors to for­eign im­ports in the 1990s. The ef­fects have been cat­a­strophic. Al­most 90 per cent of the cloth­ing worn in Bri­tain to­day is made out­side the coun­try. Since 2000, 52 per cent of tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs have been lost. But, ac­cord­ing to this doc­u­men­tary, ris­ing oil

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