It is your last chance to see Windfarm Wars on BBC iPlayer. The four episodes expire tomorrow and I have a dark suspicion that the BBC will then find the deepest and darkest cupboard in their vaults and bury this series forever. Such must be their embarrassment at portraying the ugliness of the corporate wind developers.
This documentary series concerns a proposed Industrial Wind Turbine Complex, planned to be built in the middle of a Devon beauty spot.
If you have not read my previous posts on this documentary series, which went out over 4 weeks at 7pm on BBC2 on Fridays then, if you like, there is a more detailed description of three of the episodes Here, Here and Here .
The series started out with a typical BBC portrayal of the decent people of Den Brook as a bunch of out of touch, middle class, aged buffoons.
But by episode 3 something had happened.
I can only guess that the production crew got tired of the ugly multinational, their propaganda and secret data.
Or maybe they realised that the people of Den Brook were not just some cartoon charactitures, but real people trying to defend their countryside and way of life.
Or perhaps they were just sickened by the horribly greedy land owner.
The ritual pastiche portrayal of the common folk as selfish Nimby yokels went to the wall.
We all saw (and started to cheer on) the protesters, led by Mike Hulme - An ordinary bloke, living a low impact life with his wife. He got pushed just a bit too far by the intransigence of the developer.
Oh Boy! I bet they regret taking him on.
Episode 4 is Here , Episode 3 is Here, Episode 2 is Here and Episode 1 is Here
But only for the day!
If you are time limited I recommend episode 3 as the best. But then, after that you will really want to watch episode 4.
Episode 2 is interesting as it is where the production team appear to start distancing themselves from the developer.
Episode 1 shows the initial condescending attitude of the BBC to the people of Den Brook. Watch out for the crumbling icebergs and smoking chimneys. But it is still worth a watch.
While you are on the BBC page(s) look at the Windfarm Wars base webpage Here Notice the promoted websites on the right. Not a mention of critical sites like Renewable Energy Foundation or The John Muir Trust or even the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Just one by a no-name company, allegedly offering you "Green Energy Guide: The Pros and Cons of Wind Energy and Wind Farms".
But what you get is a condescending and ill informed propaganda piece that trots out all the usual ludicrous claims made by the wind lobby.
The BBC should be truly ashamed the this website gets such a promotion.
I wonder why it is there?
Maybe to try and kiss and make up with their truculent friends in Renewables UK?
But certainly such an unbalanced page, masquerading as impartial information should never get an airing.
By all means have a page (or even two) from the wind lobby.
But then we would know who and what we are dealing with.