Don’t Rock the Boat review: Just watching the rowing was gruelling

Do not Rock The Boat 

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Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story

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Ex-model Jodie Kidd scowled down on the Scottish cliff face she had simply scaled, dripping with exhaustion. ‘It was horrible,’ she stated fervently. 

‘I hated each second of it.’ But she’d slogged via the ordeal. 

That is how hundreds of thousands of viewers should really feel about Do not Rock The Boat (ITV) — we have been mad to look at it within the first place, however in some way we have endured to the ultimate episode tonight. There is a unusual, masochistic satisfaction in that. 

ITV ought to situation us with badges: ‘I survived Do not Rock The Boat!’ 

It helped that the five-part sequence has been stunningly nicely filmed. In rolling seas, at night time or dangling over sheer drops, the cameras have caught each grimace and spasm on the opponents’ faces. 

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Five-part series Don't Rock The Boat, which concludes tonight, has been stunningly well filmed

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: 5-part sequence Do not Rock The Boat, which concludes tonight, has been stunningly nicely filmed

The low-light lenses are distinctive, the drone photographs spectacular. Because of 20 years’ expertise with filming the jungle challenges on I am A Movie star, ITV crews do that higher than anybody. 

That makes it all of the weirder that the present itself is so terrible. In a single sideshow, former Labour deputy chief Tom Watson competed in opposition to skilled quizzer Shaun Wallace to seek out boat buoys buried within the shingle of a Scottish seaside. 

It was like some recreation invented by a determined dad on staycation. Tom and Shaun will need to have been advised by the producers to leap round and yell like six-year-olds. 

Most six-year-olds, although, would have gotten bored and wandered off after a few minutes. 

In the meantime, out on the seas off the Western Isles, the celebrities have been finishing a 24-hour row. It was back-breaking, gruelling work…and that was simply watching it. 

As I identified firstly of the week’s run, the challenges could be bearable if hosts Freddie Flintoff and A.J. Odudu had a scrap of charisma between them. We would see extra heat if the present was introduced by Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. 

Nonetheless, to my disgrace, I have not missed a minute. Conscious of the charisma void, the producers referred to as in Olympic rower James Cracknell, a person whose chin has been chiselled from granite and his eyes from diamonds. 

Nobody was taking a look at his face, although. Whereas all people else was sporting knee-length cagoules, James had forgotten to place his trousers on and was standing there in a pair of tight cotton leggings. It was sufficient to offer Rudolf Nureyev an inferiority advanced. 

‘Wow,’ murmured Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas, ‘that is an actual man.’ 

BBC safety correspondent Frank Gardner was being much more express with bits we do not usually see, as he modified his catheter bag and cleaned his stoma — the valve in his facet that bypasses his bowel. 

BBC safety correspondent Frank Gardner was stoic about his accidents which left him paralysed from the waist down

Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story (BBC2) didn’t flinch because it depicted the harm performed by six bullets from an Al-Qaeda murderer on a Saudi avenue. 

For the primary time, we noticed the report that Gardner was filming at a Riyadh checkpoint in 2004 earlier than the assault occurred. The display went black. 

Cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed. This movie’s solely mis-step was that we did not be taught extra about him. 

Now 59, Gardner is stoic about his accidents, which left him paralysed from the waist down. 

‘My coping mechanism has at all times been to inform myself to simply get on with it,’ he stated. ‘It makes b***er all distinction whether or not I am pleased with it or not.’ 

That perspective allows him to maintain reporting from distant areas, even when his wheelchair must be carried by locals. 

Over a pint, he virtually ordered a younger man named Gerrard to beat his personal catastrophic accidents and go travelling, regardless of his nearly whole paralysis. That spirit is infectious, and will probably be an inspiration for loads of individuals.

Yardsticks of the night time: Keeley Donovan used each doable comparability to convey the size of the Drax producing station in Yorkshire, on Powering Britain (BBC2). 

She measured it in Albert Halls, Statues of Liberty and Nelson’s Columns. It’s massive. 

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