Are th­ese the real house­wives of Cheshire on TV?

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

I COULDN’T de­cide whether ‘cringe­wor­thy’ was a real word or whether I made it up.

One thing’s for sure we all know what it means now after the screen­ing of Real House­wives of Cheshire.

“I’m gobby, in yer face and I don’t lis­ten to any­one,” boasted one of the ‘stars’ as if at the weigh-in for a box­ing match.

Of the six women fea­tured, four were the wives of pro­fes­sional foot­ballers – so you can see how typ­i­cal they are of ‘real’ Cheshire house­wives.

God help us if they have to ex­plain the off-side rule.

“Cheshire is like Prince Charles or the Queen,” said one cast mem­ber in a flurry of in­ef­fa­ble elo­quence.

I’m guess­ing the pro­gramme won’t fea­ture many fe­male teach­ers, doc­tors, sci­en­tists or hard-pressed mums hold­ing down mul­ti­ple jobs to pay the bills in this rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Cheshire women.

I don’t think we’ll be privy to any se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion on the fu­ture of Alder­ley Park’s BioHub or HS2.

We know what so-called re­al­ity TV did for the rep­u­ta­tion of Es­sex. I’m guess­ing Cheshire will fare no bet­ter. Kings School in Mac­cles­field sends dozens of pupils to Oxbridge, an ut­terly amaz­ing achieve­ment for the size of the town, while Wilm­slow High is na­tion­ally renowned for its in­cred­i­ble sport­ing achieve­ments but in­stead this pro­gramme showcases is foul­mouthed rant­ing.

God, how­ever, has been kind to us and con­signed Real House­wives of Cheshire to an ob­scure TV chan­nel.

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