At this rate, Ethiopia will have to hold a Live Aid concert to feed us …

by Zelalem



The World’s Best Diet (Channel 4)
Rating: 3 Star Rating

Police Under Pressure (BBC Two)

Rating: 4 Star Rating

Jimmy Doherty was horrified at some diets

Jimmy Doherty was horrified at some diets

Just when you think Britain’s national pride can’t be trampled any lower, trust C4 to devise a fresh degradation. 

It isn’t sufficient that England’s footballers produced the worst World Cup performance of a lifetime, playing like the sulky spoiled brats they are.

And it’s not enough that our chief home-grown hope at Wimbledon is actually a Scot, from a nation whose divorce lawyers are suing for separation and custody of all the deep-fried Mars Bars.

The final humiliation was delivered by pig farmer and presenter Jimmy Doherty, as he revealed on The World’s Best Diet (Chanel 4) that our addiction to junk food and fizzy drinks has left us with some of the worst dietary habits on the planet. People in Ethiopia eat far better.

It would serve us right if sub-Saharan Africa clubbed together to stage a charity concert, like the 1985 Live Aid shows to combat Ethiopian famine, and sent us a supertanker loaded with vegetables. In fact, that could do us a lot of good.

The traditional rural diet in East Africa consists of plantains, sweet potatoes, lentils and a fine grain called teff, which is fried to make injera, a crepe-like pancake.

Doherty looked dubious as he watched children crowding round a fire while their mother cooked injera: the family couldn’t afford meat, and to Jimmy no meal is complete without bacon, pork sausages and a black pudding.

But even he couldn’t polish off a 6,000-calorie version of the all-day English breakfast in a UK greasy-spoon cafe, which included fried eggs, a string of sausages and a can of baked beans.

When he pushed his plate away, it was swimming in fat.

Doherty and co-presenter Kate Quilton bit off more than they could chew in other ways, by trying to analyse and rank 50 diets from around the world.


Edge Of Darkness (BBC Four), the 1985 drama starring Bob Peck as a detective investigating his daughter’s murder, has been called the best TV political thriller ever made.

Last night’s rerun of the opening episode reminded us exactly why. A great choice for re-screening.

As dishes from Alaska, Korea, Italy, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Japan flew across the screen, the show started to look like a global smorgasbord.

One common factor emerged over the 90 minutes: it’s processed food that is making the world obese.

Factory meat and industrial sweeteners are the chief culprits, and they are killers. 

In some places, such as the Marshall Islands of the Pacific, three-quarters of adults are now diabetic.

The presenters didn’t preach, though Doherty was speechless with anger in Mexico, when he saw how the national thirst for fizzy cola had rotted the teeth of a generation of children.

This was an entertaining way to investigate the obesity crisis, part cookery show and part travelogue.

But no scrap of British self-respect was left intact, when we learned that the French enjoy one of the healthiest diets on Earth — munching snails and foul runny cheese, while guzzling red wine. 

How can that be good for you?

At least Britain is still the land of law and order, with a police force that is the envy of the world.

And if you wanted to cling to that thread of consolation, it would have been best to avoid Police Under Pressure (BBC Two), the second of a two-part documentary following bobbies in inner-city Sheffield.

On patrol but under pressure: WPC Christine Fisher and PCSO Deb Parker

On patrol but under pressure: WPC Christine Fisher and PCSO Deb Parker

Playwright Sally Wainwright came under fire last month for her bleak drama Happy Valley, set in a Yorkshire landscape where social ties had been eaten away by drugs. But the reality appears even more depressing.

Morale among Sheffield’s detectives was way below rock bottom — it had plunged so deep, they could have been fracking. 

Their budgets had been slashed, crime was soaring, they were working endless overtime, and to cap it all their clueless wally of an elected police commissioner was criticising them in public for failing to meet impossible targets.

Director Ricardo Pollack was clinical and ruthless as he cut between meetings of the top brass, spouting jargon and waving charts, and the benighted detectives, chasing around housing estates in pursuit of the degenerates who were breaking into cars and burgling houses to feed their heroin habits.

The poster of Winston Churchill on the wall at one police station said it all: the only thing that kept this force going was blood, toil, tears and sweat.

At least that’s something Britain can be proud of.

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Over there, United Kingdom,

28 minutes ago

So – “Britain¿s national pride can¿t be trampled any lower”….”England¿s footballers produced the worst World Cup performance of a lifetime”…..”our chief home-grown hope at Wimbledon is actually a Scot” – what an incredibly offensive, arrogant statement!

Unbelievable how you can say anything in the DM about Scots and it’s considered completely acceptable.


london, United Kingdom,

36 minutes ago

These two police women were sent alone to quell unrest in Sheffield recently and we could do with more like the way who’s this jimmy ?



1 hour ago

You can’t blame the food – everyone has free will to ignore the processed food shelves and head to the fruit and vegetable shelves. Apathy and lack of cooking knowledge drives them to the convenience foods.


London, United Kingdom,

2 hours ago

Oh dear talk about reinforcing xenophobic stereotypes….Ethiopia actually has parts of its country in famine at present, the French don’t just eat cheese and snails and the programme is designed to be a wake up call that we should not be eating so much processed food. England is actually a huge a agricultural nation so there is no excuse for not eating a heatlhier affordable diat!

ethio man,

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

1 hour ago

lol we ethiopians eat too much better than is fact but not a wake up call. do not be in ethiopia,no one dies from cancer but you britain!!!!lol

ethio man,

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

1 hour ago

oh your r insane.Ethiopia eat much better uk.there is no question about in ethiopiqa no one dies from unbalaced diet. but you r dying from cancer or food not say it is wake up. do not be lie!!! THERE IS NO FAMINE IN ETHIOPIA NOW!!!


HK, Hong Kong,

3 hours ago

the two police women look like characters from “Little Britain”


Ashford, United Kingdom,

4 hours ago

“clueless wally of an elected police commissioner” Ha,ha… Love that line!!


Garden County, United Kingdom,

4 hours ago

I can’t say that the photo of the two police officers would exactly inspire confidence. Their uniform and posing stance suggestion a lack of credibility.



4 hours ago

One of the two is not a police officer, but a PCSO, not the same!


swindon, Algeria,

1 hour ago

Get rid of the PCSOs and employ really police. What a waste of money!


Hobo London, United Kingdom,

5 hours ago

Everything about this article is embarrassingly incorrect

ethio man,

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,

1 hour ago


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