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Can Prince Wil­liam be­come the new Greta Thun­berg?

- Anita Singh gh

While the Duke of Sus­sex bus­ies him­self with dis­man­tling struc­tural racism, his brother is stick­ing to a less con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject: the en­vi­ron­ment. Prince Wil­liam: A Planet For Us All (ITV) fol­lowed the Duke of Cam­bridge for two years on his “per­sonal mis­sion to find ways to pro­tect the nat­u­ral world for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions”.

We’ve come a long way since 1969, when the Queen al­lowed cam­eras to film the Royal fam­ily for a fly-on-the­wall doc­u­men­tary and was so dis­mayed by the re­ac­tion that the film has never had a re­peat show­ing. David At­ten­bor­ough, then a BBC con­troller, re­port­edly wor­ried that let­ting the pub­lic see the roy­als at such close quar­ters risked “killing the monar­chy”. Now, of course, the PR strat­egy has changed, our roy­als are never far from a friendly cam­era crew, and At­ten­bor­ough was the spe­cial guest here.

The times de­mand that we be given some per­sonal de­tails, for re­lata­bil­ity. So the Duke told us about Ge­orge’s love for the out­doors, we saw the Duchess telling At­ten­bor­ough that the chil­dren were “mas­sive fans”, and we learned that for the Duke – as with his brother – Africa is his “sec­ond home”.

More in­volv­ing was a tour of the beau­ti­ful San­dring­ham es­tate, where the Duke looked ab­so­lutely at peace, trans­ported back to his child­hood by the sound of the oys­ter­catch­ers.

The pro­gramme high­lighted such ex­cel­lent projects as the Back­yard Na­ture cam­paign to nur­ture wildlife on our doorsteps, in­spired by a group of Liver­pool school­child­ren, and the Ul­lapool Sea Savers, look­ing af­ter marine life in the Scot­tish High­lands.

As the Duke pointed out, he is not the first in his fam­ily to cham­pion these is­sues: his father and grand­fa­ther were ahead of their time in ad­dress­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion. What the doc­u­men­tary failed to ex­plain very well was how far the Duke’s role goes in all of this, be­yond rais­ing aware­ness with royal vis­its. It would have been in­struc­tive to see how he is mar­ry­ing all of these projects to­gether. In­stead, we just saw him mov­ing from place to place – one moment ca­noe­ing around a wet­lands in Hack­ney, the next on a trip to Pak­istan to hear about flood­ing.

To­wards the end, he had words of praise for Greta Thun­berg. “Peo­ple were des­per­ate for some­one to come along. Thank good­ness there’s some­body there with a voice who is be­ing ac­tive,” the Duke said, and one sus­pects he would like us to think of him in the same vein.

Jo­lene Dol­lar is a Bri­tish porn star. Hay­ley Bur­rows is a busy mother mak­ing sure she’s home in time to make the kids’ tea and get their PE kit ready. They are, of course, one and the same. Jo­lene is Hay­ley’s porn per­sona, which has bought her a nice house in the sub­urbs, a pri­vate education for her daughter and a con­vert­ible the colour of Pepto-bis­mol.

The dis­tance be­tween fan­tasy and re­al­ity is mined for com­edy early on in Adult Ma­te­rial (Chan­nel 4), a four-part drama about the sex in­dus­try. At the height of ‘pas­sion’ on a film shoot, Jo­lene makes a men­tal note to take the mince out of the freezer and do the iron­ing when she gets home.

Lucy Kirk­wood’s drama could carry on in this vein, as a sort of black com­edy. The first sight of Ru­pert Everett cer­tainly prompts a laugh – he is pro­duc­tion com­pany boss Car­roll Quinn, with flow­ing locks and crocodile skin slip­per, and a re­minder that Everett is a wickedly en­ter­tain­ing ac­tor who should be on our screens more of­ten.

The jokes are re­quired be­cause the sub­ject mat­ter is grim. But Kirk­wood strives for more than com­edy. She is in­ter­ested in the murky moral com­plex­i­ties of this world. Jo­lene (an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance from Hay­ley Squires) has power and agency, but in an in­dus­try where ter­ri­ble things hap­pen to women – as il­lus­trated by Amy (Siena Kelly), bright and bouncy when she first ap­pears on set, a dead­eyed husk the next time we see her. Di­rec­tor Dave seems like a de­cent, straight-talk­ing bloke when deal­ing with Jo­lene (Phil Daniels is per­fect cast­ing here) but in­vei­gles Amy into a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion on her first day.

The sex scenes are not graphic, but the de­scrip­tions of them are – re­pul­sively so. As a view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it is deeply un­com­fort­able. I read a pre­view of Adult Ma­te­rial which was head­lined “not one for the kids”, but with al­most half of 16-17-year-olds who re­sponded to a BBFC sur­vey last year say­ing they had re­cently viewed pornog­ra­phy, per­haps they should watch and learn more about the re­al­i­ties of the business.

Prince Wil­liam: A Planet For Us All ★★★

Adult Ma­te­rial ★★★★

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 ??  ?? For­ward think­ing: the Duke of Cam­bridge pre­sented ITV’S A Planet For Us All
For­ward think­ing: the Duke of Cam­bridge pre­sented ITV’S A Planet For Us All

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