Wife Swap: Brexit Special is a rollicking reminder of why the series was so addictive: review – Telegraph.co.uk

Wife Swap: Brexit Special is a rollicking reminder of why the series was so addictive: review – Telegraph.co.uk


German-born Kat went the other way and tried to reason with Pauline’s pitbullish husband Andy (clearly the producers were looking for stereotypes on this side of the debate). Such scenes were dispiritingly eye-opening about how ill-informed some Leave voters were. “You’ve got facts, I haven’t,” he eventually conceded. Andy also failed to notice the irony of his reliance on cod-European phrases, such as “que sera sera” and “uno momento”.

Kat soon put Andy’s tabloid paper in the dog’s litter tray and replaced his St George’s cross bunting (“de buntings”, as she charmingly called it) with EU flags. Andy had to retire to the shed to stop his nostrils flaring furiously. Meanwhile, Pauline put a framed photo of Farage on Kat’s mantelpiece and hid a Farage gnome in her garden.

When they weren’t point-scoring or squabbling, the women came to respect the other’s views. In raw video diary footage, both were moved to tears. As Kat concluded: “Being angry and resentful to people is why we’re here in the first place.”

We left with her throwing Farage’s grinning visage on the fire – but the gnome still peeped out of the shrubbery, yet to be discovered. A metaphor for Farage lying in wait to retake the Ukip leadership? Probably not, no. 

It was a strange time for the reality favourite to return. Why not air this around last summer’s referendum? Some of the production machinations also seemed gratuitously antagonistic. As a potential prelude for a full comeback, though, this was a rollicking reminder of what made Wife Swap so grimly compelling first time around. Just don’t mention Brexit over dinner. 

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