Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Burn Up

This feels like some kind of horrible joke:

"Burn Up is a nail-biting two-part thriller for BBC Two from the pen of multi-award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty). It's a powerful story of love, commitment and divided loyalty… a thriller in which the stakes couldn't be higher.

[...]

This topical thriller sees oil executives, environmental activists and politicians collide in the battle between economic success and ecological responsibility.

[...]

Neve Campbell plays his colleague Holly, whose covert collaboration with environmentalists puts her in great jeopardy, and Bradley Whitford plays Tom's best friend Mack, a charismatic yet unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist.

Burn Up follows the trio's lives and loves as they hurtle towards a global climate change summit."

Somehow, I think a fair portrayal of the global debate over climate change policy is a bit unlikely. Will the debate over what to do be cast as anything other than a black and white moral issue largely ignoring the human cost of pushing up the price of energy? Will the programme reflect the fact that 'green' campaigners are far better resourced than sceptics? Will anyone opposing climate change alarmism have any motive that isn't purely mercenary?

After Live Earth and the planned Planet Relief no one can seriously argue that, on this issue at least, the BBC's political approach is anything but that of a left-wing pressure group. One funded, at vast expense, by the taxpayer.

Update: Here's the trailer from, I think, Canada (looking less classy than the one the BBC ran before Newsnight):


Apparently, they can't find a network interested in the States. Given how desperately bad it looks that's hardly a surprise. The BBC wouldn't let some minor issue like quality get in the way of their crusade though, would they?

1 comment:

Meg said...

I cannot stop giggling at that synopsis... it's like a parody!

ANGELINA JOLIE AND TOM CRUISE STAR IN "24 HOUR COUNTDOWN," THE THRILLER OF THE YEAR ABOUT A WOMAN AND HER TAX ATTORNEY RACING AGAINST THE PAPERWORK TO FILE HER TAX RETURNS BEFORE THE DEADLINE!!!!"