Review: The Trouble with Ulrika Is That She Tells Us Little That Is New; C4, Thursday Ulrika Jonsson: The Trouble with Men C4, Sunday Dark Roots: The Anna Nicole Smith Story Duncan Higgitt
IT should have been billed Trouble with Blondes week on Channel 4, or Trouble For Blondes.
It can't have been coincidence that the channel chose this week to screen two documentaries about just-under-iconic tabloid favourites based on either sides of the pond.
Little of what we saw in the heavily billed and widely anticipated (at least in media circles) film on Ulrika Jonsson was new.
We know all about her various loves, both famous and not so well known, and pretty much all that we heard about Sven (Goran Eriksson) has made its way into newsprint.
What was new (although not by the time we saw it) was the story of a date rape, but the film makers seem to shy away from how it impacted on Ulrika and seemed to be rather embarrassed that they have unearthed this horrible episode in her life. It was dispensed with in less than five minutes.
How the rape was dealt with was symptomatic of how the whole programme was thrown together.
Ulrika's mother left her when she was eight to live with her liberal father on a Swedish housing estate. She told how he went naked everywhere and had no problems with carrying on with his sexual encounters in front of her, yet there was little dwelling on this, either.
The point of this film, of course, was to solicit some kind of new judgment from us all about Ulrika.
There was a split of opinion in the Higgitt home, with the lady of the house exclaiming, ``I don't feel sorry for her at all'', while I just wished for a better account because there was a good story in there that could have done this troubled personality some justice. …