The Trump show (BBC Two, 9pm) needs to make a case for being the most over-the-top documentary of the year. Doesn’t the whole world live on the Donald Trump show, day by day, minute by minute somehow?
Who needs another reminder that an all-swallowing reality TV is stuck in the belly of a nightmare?
The fact is that the three-part series on Rob Coldstream can tell us nothing we already know. Is Trump a troubled control point? Does he rule willingly? His arrogance is the four-headed Rushmore mountain of tectonic narcissism?
It’s safe to say that your jawbone will not open in shock (it’s worth noting that the former apprentice at the beginning of his presidency was overwhelmed by the weight of the host office).
If the Trump show has a function, it’s like a sippy recap of how unsettled the last four years have been. Coldstream added many important players to this great tragedy and farce and collected some satisfactorily and indiscriminate memories from them.
We reintroduce Steve Bannon, Trump’s early adviser, who, with his long hair and empty eyes, reached the Cloverfield survival bunker stage of his career.
There will also be an opportunity to resume acquaintances with Apprentice Omarosa Moneygold Newman, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci and Sean Spicer.
There are a few bombshells in the first part of Trump’s first 12 months in the presidency. Yet Coldstream paints some unforgettable pictures. After Trump’s inauguration, Spicer takes us back in the morning when he sees the new Press Secretary Barney and friends with his little ones. A call from the President prevents him from enjoying a slick and sophisticated work with glowing skin.
So Spicer must step on a platform and advise the world media to publish factually accurate images. Almost four years later, he still doesn’t care about the humiliation. Omarosa’s claim that Trump was taken seriously when he was sworn in at the 1987 bestseller Art of Deal is absurd / frightening.
The first part of the Trump show ends with the President having a romantic relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. On the way to the summit, Pyongyang pays more attention to how it looks on television than to the boring details of staying with Washington.
This is not surprising. It’s not that fun. As U.S. election day draws to a close and a Trump victory is unthinkable, the viewer is filled with a cold and terrifying fear. If that was the mission of Coldstream, then he could have done it easily.