CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Upcycling? That’s just posh for ‘make do and mend’ 

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Upcycling? That’s just posh for ‘make do and mend’ 


How To Save A Grand In 24 Hours 

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Find It, Fix It, Flog It 

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Upcycling sounds so posh. It’s what Kirstie Allsopp does with cushions, and why Richard E. Grant toodles across the French markets seeking battered lamps or bookends.

But as the truth of Britain’s post-Covid economic system sinks in, upcycling will not keep posh for lengthy. 

With the pandemic invoice now above £370 billion and nonetheless rising, and Bank of England forecasters warning that inflation could possibly be nudging 4 per cent by Christmas, the entire nation may quickly be digging via its attics to seek out unloved objects for restoration.

Except when everybody does that, we name it ‘make do and mend’.

Channel 4 has all the time loved making use of a layer of varnish to bits of worn-out plywood, most likely as a result of the format (just like the furnishings) prices subsequent to nothing.

Sometimes this proves profitable: a pair featured on Mend It For Money earlier this 12 months purchased a derelict Scottish resort and found six iron bathtubs from the Forties within the rooms. 

Valued at £75 apiece for scrap, they went for a cool £1,000 every when polished up. As presenter Tom Allen remarked: ‘The collective noun for bathtubs is a goldmine.’

There was nothing so dramatic, as DIY professional Eve Humphreys set about serving to skint couple Matt and Neil scrape a bit of money collectively, on How To Save A Grand In 24 Hours (C4). 

Junk-hunters Henry Cole (pictured) and Simon O'Brien have been seeking out bric-a-brac to restore and repurpose for years, on their heavily stylised show Find It, Fix It, Flog It

Junk-hunters Henry Cole (pictured) and Simon O’Brien have been searching for out bric-a-brac to revive and repurpose for years, on their closely stylised present Find It, Fix It, Flog It

Eve handed the boys a sander and set them to work blitzing the splinters off planks from a picket pallet.

Then she bunged on some wooden stain and screwed them onto the wall for storage. 

The indisputable fact that the typical British male now must be proven find out how to put up cabinets is a vivid illustration of how the fundamental home expertise of earlier generations have been misplaced.

Maybe there’s a complete collection on this thought: classes within the correct method to mow the garden, change a fuse or wash your automobile with a bucket of soapy water. Delia Smith made a fortune reminding us find out how to boil an egg, in any case.

The different ideas on this episode appeared embarrassingly apparent. Chef Gary Usher suggested us to cease shopping for costly cuts of meat. 

Cleaning girl Peachy proposed we may give the within of the oven a scrub ourselves, fairly than paying knowledgeable to do it for us.

That’s about as useful as suggesting it is cheaper to stroll the canine than rent a taxi to take Rover to the park. 

Presenter Anna Richardson really useful we should always all have a self-imposed ban on purchasing on-line for at the very least two days every week.

But if we cease shopping for garbage on Amazon, the place will our kids get the subsequent tranche of tat for upcycling?

Junk-hunters Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien have been searching for out bric-a-brac to revive and repurpose for years, on their closely stylised present Find It, Fix It, Flog It (C4).

Each episode sees them go to a few probably searching grounds, select two gadgets every, give them a spruce and take them for valuation. 

This time, Henry and Simon (pictured) were nosing around a charity warehouse on the Scottish borders, where they picked up a chest of drawers and a glass cabinet that looked a lot better for a paint job

This time, Henry and Simon (pictured) have been nosing round a charity warehouse on the Scottish borders, the place they picked up a chest of drawers and a glass cupboard that regarded quite a bit higher for a paint job

Like the property reveals that clog the schedules of minor Freeview channels, this format is designed for limitless repeats.

It would not matter when it was made or whether or not you have seen it earlier than — each one is mildly distracting, sufficiently entertaining and eminently forgetable. 

This time, Henry and Simon have been nosing round a charity warehouse on the Scottish borders, the place they picked up a chest of drawers and a glass cupboard that regarded quite a bit higher for a paint job.

Next week on Channel 4, maybe some obliging professional will present us find out how to maintain a paintbrush. There’s a proper means spherical and a fallacious means, .

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