River Cottage Australia – A Slick Production About Sustainable Living
River Cottage Australia starts tonight on Lifestyle Channel and will continue each Thursday at 8.30pm. The show is based on the UK version of the show River Cottage with which is hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who promotes a sustainable lifestyle based on living seasonally on the land.
The Australian version has Paul West who is starting up a sustainable farm in Tilba on the South Coast of NSW, and to create a link between the overseas series Hugh is in Australia for the first episode.
The show is beautifully shot and is visually pleasing of undulating hills and animals in pastures. Throughout the episodes there are dishes cooked and are based of fresh local ingredients.
Paul West is the lynch pin of the series and he is well cast, as a good looking affable bloke, who genuinely believes in “The Good Life” lifestyle. It is important for the viewer to like him as once Hugh flies back to the UK he is at the helm alone. He is also less earnest than Hugh which is a positive thing.
Fans of the UK version of the show will find the Australian version enjoyable, however you don’t need to have seen the original version to enjoy this.
River Cottage Australia on Lifestyle Channel Thursday nights at 8.30pm with repeat viewings throughout the week.