Review: Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland was just another clapped-out addition to the motorhome mayhem on our screens

Lockdown has been blamed for many things – childhood obesity, a rise in mental health issues, business failures – but the main thing is an unacceptable increase in the number of TV shows based around caravans and motorhomes.

Friday, 19th November 2021, 5:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th November 2021, 12:00 am

Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland (Channel 4, Tues, 9.15pm) was this week’s addition to the genre, joining a nose-to-tail traffic jam with Celebrity 5 Go Motorhoming, Motorhoming with Merton and Webster and Caravanning with Shane Richie.

The thing with all these shows, apart from sounding like the kind of programme Alan Partridge rejected before pitching Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank, is that they can be managed in a Covid-compliant way.

When our celebrity tow-bar botherers aren’t taking in the fresh air of the great British outdoors, they can travel in their very own Covid bubble on wheels.

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