Mor­gan Spur­lock’s New Bri­tan­nia

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.35pm, SBS Two Mor­gan Spur­lock is as Amer­i­can as ap­ple pie. The charis­matic film­maker has moved on since he took McDon­ald’s (and its ap­ple pies) to the clean­ers in his 2004 doc­u­men­tary Su­per Size Me. Now quite nor­mally sized, and play­ing the role of an Amer­i­can abroad, Spur­lock hosts this panel pro­gram about con­tem­po­rary is­sues. ‘‘ It’s a Bri­tish show with an Amer­i­can host look­ing at what we have in com­mon and where we drift apart,’’ he says. The de­but episode in­ves­ti­gates the is­sue of for­eign­ers. There’s a Let­ter­man-like open­ing mono­logue (trust me, Spur­lock is no Let­ter­man) be­fore the pan­el­lists — in­clud­ing Ruby Wax — come to res­cue the man from his own wood­en­ness. It’s a task, all right.

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