Prince William: A Planet for Us All shows the man who’s the next in line to the throne, claiming he can take the right steps to save the planet, even though the Royal Family and David Attenborough must have clocked up more air miles than the average Joe will do in a lifetime. Wills decides it’s time for the hand-wringing to start because he’s now a father.
Naturally, early on, he meets Mr Attenborough, citing him as a “personal mentor“. Well, they both like flying around the world, and if mankind is destroying the environment by doing that, then this pair have done their level best to destroy it as much as possible. In fact, DA says at one point, “The public are becoming more informed”. Really? Or brainwashed?
We’re also told how Attenborough is Willis’ children’s hero. I doubt that. It’s most likely the creator of Fortnite.
As always, there’s someone talking about how the polar ice caps are going to melt and the Earth will turn into Atlantis (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea).
William and Kate visit a school which has a bug farm on the premises, labelled Bugingham Palace, which must’ve been dreamed up by Michael McIntyre’s scriptwriters.
It’s laughable to see 10-year-old Elliott grinning his head off whilst claiming he’s really upset about the use of palm oil in the ice cream in his school dinners because it destroys a monkey’s habitat… AND it has a plastic lid! Jesus F. Christ! What in the ass were the supermarkets thinking of by housing foodstuffs in plastic, eh?
Ugh, go signal your virtue elsewhere, Elliott. You’ve clearly been coached by mummy and daddy for the camera. Or give up ice cream and go and live in the forest and eat berries for the rest of your life.
As the show goes on, William really needs to go to Africa by plane. Like a zillion documentaries before this, we’re told how rhino horns are removed and sold on. Of course, they shouldn’t be removed, but we didn’t need William to increase his carbon footprint to tell us this. Nor did we need the ‘end of the world’ music behind it.
Plus, in trying to make it all seem cinematic because rather ridiculously, this documentary has been presented in a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio, forgetting the fact that this is TV, not the cinema, there’s moans about plastic, “climate change”, flooding (which in the UK will happen because the councils don’t rod the drains out properly), and kids telling us how fishermen can also go die in a fire because it ruins the sea when they fish for scallops. So, now, they’ve got to head down to the seabed to collect them one by one, and it means that Mr Burns’ omninet won’t be in use any time soon.
Plus, they don’t pass up a mention Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish girl who probably started off with good intentions when bunking off school on a Friday for a ‘school strike for climate’ – and if I was at school, I’d have done the same because school was boring. However, as time has gone on, her parents have sent her around the world and with the financial backing of George Soros, she’s a puppet (not just in Spitting Image form) who’s being used as his poster girl. She’s basically, the modern-day Howard Beale from the film, Network, being abused by those in charge to further their agenda.
You’d think she would be happy that COVID19 has stopped everyone flying in great numbers but no, she’ll never be happy.
Oh, and you know how I said there’s ‘end of the world’ music in this? Well, also through in a doom-laden voiceover from David Oyelowo (Selma).
Finally, Wills, the Royal Family are richer than astronauts, so if it’s time to spend cash to allegedly fix everything, then you’d best get writing the cheques.
Overall: Not as lush to look at as David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet, but is packs in the preachyness.
Prince William: A Planet for Us All is on ITV tonight at 9pm. It’s unlikely to be able to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but after broadcast, it will be on the ITV Hub.
Director: Martin Williams
Producer: Faye Hamilton
Writer: Martin Williams
Music: Cato Hoeben
Narrator: David Oyelowo
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