St John and Clarissa Thorpe-Walmsley, a couple from The Cotswolds, have set a staggering new budget record of £7.9 million pounds after appearing on the BBC’s Escape to the Country relocation show.
But during the broadcast viewers took to social media complaining it was in bad taste to feature such a wealthy couple. @Tina_23 tweeted: Yeah, that’s right BBC. Just keep rubbing our faces in the dirt why don’t you? #ArrogantWankers.
Twitter then almost went into total meltdown when the mystery house was revealed as a 52 bedroomed castle in Northumberland complete with a moat, keep, drawbridge and portcullis.
St John also came in for some very harsh personal criticism when presenter, Aled Jones, inadvertently revealed that he’d made his colossal fortune in the Adult Film Industry and that Clarissa had once been one of his starlets who performed under the screen name of Clari Cumming.
It wasn’t all bad news as the couple did garner a little sympathy during the show’s interlude, that pointless bit sandwiched between the three house-hunting segments, when they were seen losing a forty-five thousand pound bet on a horse at Hexham Races.
A spokesman for the producers was quick to defend the episode’s participants. ‘It is the job of our reality programming output to hold a lens up to all strata of society. Yes of course the people we generally feature are obnoxious, priggish and invariably much better off than the flotsam and jetsam of society who watch. That’s a given.’
‘But quite frankly viewers really need to deal with it, get themselves off the Dole and begin aspiring to make something of themselves instead of watching brain-rotting crap in the middle of the afternoon.’