Queer Eye is somehow on series five since its rebirth on Netflix a little over two years ago.
Perhaps the format makes it easy to churn out this type of show; five men descend on a person’s life to defeat their demons and shower them with love and positive energy.
The lads assemble like benevolent Avengers who, instead of punching fascists, give them a face peel and a mug of peppermint tea.
The first episode arrived just at the right time last week, with the streets awash with protesters’ blood.
The wide-eyed optimism in Queer Eye could come across as trite and unrealistic at a time like this.
Yet there’s something irresistible about what this show does – which is…what do they call it? Oh yes, kindness.
A gay pastor is love-bombed in the first episode of the new series but that doesn’t quite do the Queer Eye experience justice – it’s more of a love nuclear missile, with our timid clergyman at Ground Zero.
It’s not all positivity – Queer Eye’s Bobby himself grew up in a religious household, leading to some moving discussions about the church and what everyone could do better.
The world is, you may have noticed, asking itself some long overdue questions about what we could all be doing better this past week.
Perhaps we should ask the boys from Queer Eye for some tips.
Queer Eye, Netflix
Inside Monaco BBC2, Monday, 9pm
From a series that restores your faith in humanity to one that almost destroys it.
Inside Monaco, featuring Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, is a documentary to get your blood up, even with the mellifluous tones of First Dates concierge Fred Sirieix narrating.
“Monaco is like a pink bubble,” says alcohol heiress Monika Bacardi who uses the principality’s generous tax laws so she can avoid paying for troublesome things, such as hospitals and schools.
It was nice to feel, in the face of a mega-recession not seen in history, there will be somewhere for Monacans to park their yachts…
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