‘Britain’s Greatest Obsessions’ spotlights a favorite national subject

I‘I am fan of Britainbiggest obsessions – what’s not to love about watching charismatic artists explore our national fixations?

I’ve followed them all, from commercials to pets, but there’s one episode I’ve been looking forward to since I first saw it in the opening credits.


Reginald D Hunter explores the classroom

Now, at last, the day has arrived as Reginald D Hunter explores the class – arguably the most British obsession of all.

Although the class system is less visible than before, it remains a fundamental part of what it means to be British.

I admit I was intrigued by how such an upbeat and light-hearted show would tackle a topic that can quickly stray into tense political waters.

But the show and its host Hunter approach the issue with their trademark warmth, humor and cheerfulness.

I knew that in the end I would be more informed on a tricky subject, but I hadn’t expected to be so thoroughly charmed, with glowing optimism for Britain and our common future.

Britain’s Greatest Obsessions airs Mondays at 10pm and you can watch the full series now on demand.

So whether you’re drinking your tea from fine china or chipped mugs, here are five reasons why it’s time to brew up a brew and curl up for the must-see episode of Hunter:

A unique point of view

As an American outside the British class system, Hunter has a unique view of the matter.

While America can be, as Hunter puts it, “Britain’s little brother with a loaded gun,” its perspective allows it to see things clearly and ask questions we might miss.

But it’s not just him. The episode is punctuated by a conversation between Hunter and the hosts of other episodes – all beloved British celebrities who rarely talk about issues like class.

Lorraine Kelly recounts how her Glasgow accent held her back during her early days at BBC Scotland, and Harry Hill pokes fun at the indignity of being middle class.

They are ineffably likable stars having a unique conversation. Luckily we are listening!

Attention to detail…Hunter asks questions others might not consider


Attention to detail…Hunter asks questions others might not consider

Deep Questions

Hunter says at the start of the episode, “Capitalism needs a lot of poor people to work,” setting the stage for an unusual episode that involves thought-provoking conversations about society and the fundamentals of our way of life.

Inevitably, class is a thorny issue, and the series doesn’t shy away from tackling it head-on.

The panel delves into history, touching on events like the Peterloo Massacre and the Great Reform Act, the law that claimed to give working-class men the right to vote but, in reality, still limited the vote to around 8% Population.

As the show progresses, I find myself fascinated and informed, equipped with facts like these, to better understand British history.

keep it fun

Despite its serious subject, the show manages to avoid sinking into austerity or controversy.

The episode is punctuated by the classic 1960s class system skit with the Two Ronnies and John Cleese, showing his commitment to keeping things fun.

In fact, her lighthearted approach allows her to handle such a delicate issue with grace.

Whether it’s the etiquette expert teaching Hunter how to properly stir his teacup (turns out I, too, did wrong) or a demonstration of how football would have been played set in the 1800s, the show is a joyful ride of unexpected turns and little-known facts.

At the table… Hunter chats with his fellow hosts


At the table… Hunter chats with his fellow hosts

Reginald D Hunter

I challenge anyone to watch this show and not want to hang out with Hunter at the end.

From the way he calls everyone “ma’am” or “sir” to the way he disparages himself – “I’m from the Deep South, we take it out on deference” – his warmth and charm enliven the ‘episode.

What strikes above all is his enthusiasm, clapping his hands when meeting people, sincerely insisting that he will see them again.

You can tell he is a man who loves his job and his adopted home of Britain.

In an emotional moment, our impassioned presenter finds himself pissed off as he talks about class, racism and football before apologizing for his rising feelings as he is being polite above all else.

The overall effect is quite delightful, leaving viewers eager to follow him on this journey. The accent doesn’t hurt either.

A vision of hope

It could be comedian Alexei Sayle’s post-apocalyptic utopia, or the many experts Hunter turns to to suggest new ways for us to love and bond with each other, but the show ultimately feels full. of hope.

Maybe it’s just Hunter’s infectious enthusiasm for the British Isles.

Yet by the end of the show, I found myself more optimistic than ever about Britain and our potential for unity.

‘Britain’s Greatest Obsessions’ on Sky History, Mondays at 10pm or watch the full series now on demand.

Jessica C. Bell