On Monday night, a new show began on BBC4. It involved bitterness, plotting, anger and plenty of drama but fear not, we are not witnessing the creation of yet another reality TV special but instead the tailor’s tales of Savile Row. This program is focused mainly on the reaction of the street’s traditional shop-owners to the recently launched Abercrombie & Fitch store and their anger at the putting of such an erotically-charged and teen-aimed brand on a street associated with the world’s most exquisite tailors and finest males. It’s strangely amusing to see the bitchiness of these “gentleman’s gentlemen” and it’ll be no time before you’ve been drawn into the high street high jinks and silent catfights. So sit down, pick a side and stick to it – unless you are willing to incur the wrath of the scary-looking shop assistant who seems to spend his entire working day peering out of the window.
BBC4 9:00pm Monday Nights. Watch Online at BBC.co.uk
By Will Reid | February 8th, 2008