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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: The Secret Life of Babies Beat The Boring Days of BA

by | 6th, June 2014

The Secret Life of Babies


Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: The Secret Life of Babies beat the boring days of BA

I NEARLY skipped The Secret Life of Babies on ITV this week for fear that it could never life up to the greatest documentary on the inner-workings of the baby mind: Rugrats . While the makers of The Secret Life of Babies failed to catch any of their subjects talking or tumbling around on quests, they did reveal a lot most of us probably didn’t know about the bouncing little bundles of joy. One of the most striking scenes was the moment when a baby looked on utterly unperturbed as a leopard pounced at the reinforced glass dividing them. Plants, on the other hand, are babies natural nemeses. The theory is that infants are naturally adverse to foliage in case its poisonous. Quite why nature didn’t instil them with a fear of sharp teeth remain unexplained.

Meanwhile on the BBC, Stephan Mangan did his level best to make the inner workings of British Airways seem interesting while provided with surprisingly weak footage to witter over. Even an actor of Mangan’s undoubted ability couldn’t imbue a line about the windscreen of a 747 needing to be repaired in time for its flight to Aberdeen with much jeopardy. The first episode of A Very British Airline presented the airline’s staff as drones robotically repeating koans on the importance of customer service. The only truly striking moment in the first hour of this series was an instructor explaining with the straightest of straight faces that locking a deceased passenger in the toilet was very much a bad idea. Who knew?

The gem of this week’s BBC output was episode one of Amber (BBC4), the first in a four-part series which originally went out on RTE in Ireland earlier this year.

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