Monday, November 14, 2005

TV and the Test

Watching England tour Pakistan this morning, I was struck by the fact that TV coverage of the cricket is frequently interspersed with "colour" montages of life in Pakistan - crowded streets with three-wheel taxis, local markets, that sort of thing. And to a certain extent, it seemed pretty patronising, distilling Pakistani culture into fairly stereotypical images. It's not just in Pakistan that this happens, either. Just about every foreign tour has to have little snippets of their supposed life and culture filmed, to be broadcast between overs.

So what I want to know is this - when other countries tour England, do they get little montages of English life in between their overs? Beefeaters at Buckingham Palace, people taking tea, truck drivers in a transport caff? Or is that considered stereotypical, patronising, and not a true reflection of English life?