'Positives of Christchurch weren’t portrayed' – council leader on BBC3’s Invasion of the Job Snatchers

'Positives of Christchurch weren’t portrayed' – council leader on BBC3’s Invasion of the Job Snatchers

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Filming under way in Christchurch

HITTING BACK: Ray Nottage

First published in News by

IT’S known for its elderly population but some feel a new BBC television show may have gone a step too far in its representation of Christchurch.

A new television show, Invasion of the Job Snatchers, aired on BBC3 on Wednesday night, after weeks of filming in the historic borough last year.

Despite the focus of the show centring on young people, numerous filler shots of elderly people on mobility scooters and using Zimmer frames have not been well-received by the town’s residents.

Only last year, leader of the council, Ray Nottage hit out at Top Gear producers after they designed a car tailored for older people.

He questioned why Christchurch was portrayed as “some sort of extension to a massive old people’s home”, and invited Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond to put a councillor in a reasonably priced car.

Following the first episode of Job Snatchers on Wednesday, Cllr Nottage said: “As with most reality TV shows, the producers edit the programme to suit their topic.

“However, looking at the programme you would think that Christchurch doesn’t have anyone under the age of 60 living here, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Although we do have the largest proportion of over 60s in the country, 65 per cent of our residents are under that age.

“We have a thriving manufacturing and industrial economy and a vibrant service sector with a huge range of restaurants – none of that was portrayed.

“On the plus side, it did show how scenic the borough is and I’m sure will provide a boost for tourism.”

Businesses including Stewarts Garden Lands, Mudeford Ferry, Jon Terry hair salon, Peeks Party Store and Robin Lambe butchers at St Catherine’s Hill all featured in the first episode.

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11:25am Sat 5 Apr 14

Binky says...

According to Wikipedia, the percentage of 60-84 year-olds in Christchurch is 31.9%.
The percentage of 18-44 year-olds is 27.1%.
Yet every shot of the Christchurch High Street or the surrounding area showed zimmer frames, invalid buggies, and generally decrepit people.
The directors obviously filmed every old person they could see to prove what an ancient population is living in Christchurch, without bothering to check any facts first.
If they REALLY wanted a large elderly population, they should have gone to Highcliffe - 69%.

Personally I'm getting fed up with seeing this stereotype whenever Christchurch is on TV. Lazy research, and filming rigged to make the town look old and out of touch.
According to Wikipedia, the percentage of 60-84 year-olds in Christchurch is 31.9%. The percentage of 18-44 year-olds is 27.1%. Yet every shot of the Christchurch High Street or the surrounding area showed zimmer frames, invalid buggies, and generally decrepit people. The directors obviously filmed every old person they could see to prove what an ancient population is living in Christchurch, without bothering to check any facts first. If they REALLY wanted a large elderly population, they should have gone to Highcliffe - 69%. Personally I'm getting fed up with seeing this stereotype whenever Christchurch is on TV. Lazy research, and filming rigged to make the town look old and out of touch. Binky
  • Score: 2

11:46am Sat 5 Apr 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

If Mr Nottage is so concerned about the age demographic then he might want to look at dropping the appalling " Where Time Is Pleasant" slogan. If that isn't intended to market the town as a retirement haven then I don't know what is. His stance is also odd given the proliferation of retirement developments across for which planning permission has recently been given including the controversial Cornfactor site, a project particularly close to his heart.
If Mr Nottage is so concerned about the age demographic then he might want to look at dropping the appalling " Where Time Is Pleasant" slogan. If that isn't intended to market the town as a retirement haven then I don't know what is. His stance is also odd given the proliferation of retirement developments across for which planning permission has recently been given including the controversial Cornfactor site, a project particularly close to his heart. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 25

11:47am Sat 5 Apr 14

we-shall-see says...

But if they filmed during the working week then of course they would mostly only see old people - everyone else would be out at work. Typical biased bull-shine from "factual" tv producers :o/
But if they filmed during the working week then of course they would mostly only see old people - everyone else would be out at work. Typical biased bull-shine from "factual" tv producers :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 9

11:58am Sat 5 Apr 14

skydriver says...

It's almost a daily slot, this man getting into the press. Why does it always have to be him, oh I forgot he courts publicity .
It must be remembered he is one of the very oldies of the town. Hence plenty of retirement apartments being built in town .
There must another person from within who would be a better advert for our town .
It's almost a daily slot, this man getting into the press. Why does it always have to be him, oh I forgot he courts publicity . It must be remembered he is one of the very oldies of the town. Hence plenty of retirement apartments being built in town . There must another person from within who would be a better advert for our town . skydriver
  • Score: 13

11:59am Sat 5 Apr 14

skydriver says...

skydriver wrote:
It's almost a daily slot, this man getting into the press. Why does it always have to be him, oh I forgot he courts publicity .
It must be remembered he is one of the very oldies of the town. Hence plenty of retirement apartments being built in town .
There must another person from within who would be a better advert for our town .
I have just thought of a new name for the Echo, The Nottage Daily............dou
bt it would sell many
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: It's almost a daily slot, this man getting into the press. Why does it always have to be him, oh I forgot he courts publicity . It must be remembered he is one of the very oldies of the town. Hence plenty of retirement apartments being built in town . There must another person from within who would be a better advert for our town .[/p][/quote]I have just thought of a new name for the Echo, The Nottage Daily............dou bt it would sell many skydriver
  • Score: 9

12:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

hooplaa says...

who cares anyway its a stupid tv programme!
who cares anyway its a stupid tv programme! hooplaa
  • Score: 11

12:39pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Derf says...

A councillor complaining people are putting a certain spin on things to suit their own agenda?...

Pot, black and kettle spring to mind.
A councillor complaining people are putting a certain spin on things to suit their own agenda?... Pot, black and kettle spring to mind. Derf
  • Score: 29

12:45pm Sat 5 Apr 14

twynham says...

It's BBC 3, not Panorama.
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Why when it was filmed did Cllr Nottage not insist there were younger members of the council present (for there are some)?
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Instead his blog quotes ... this has put our town in good light and has high relevance to our offer to tourists and highlights what a good place Christchurch is not just to visit but also to do business"
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Wrong again Mr Nottage!
It's BBC 3, not Panorama. . Why when it was filmed did Cllr Nottage not insist there were younger members of the council present (for there are some)? . Instead his blog quotes ... this has put our town in good light and has high relevance to our offer to tourists and highlights what a good place Christchurch is not just to visit but also to do business" . Wrong again Mr Nottage! twynham
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Sat 5 Apr 14

whatstheworldcometo says...

If the council is so concerned about portrayal of the town as being for the old, why are they giving planning permission to so many flats etc for retired and older people? At present there's a huge development at Winkton, a Churchill block going up in Purewell and the development behind the high street is for the retired. Where are flats that young people can buy / rent??
If the council is so concerned about portrayal of the town as being for the old, why are they giving planning permission to so many flats etc for retired and older people? At present there's a huge development at Winkton, a Churchill block going up in Purewell and the development behind the high street is for the retired. Where are flats that young people can buy / rent?? whatstheworldcometo
  • Score: 23

1:09pm Sat 5 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Loyal2AFCB wrote:
If Mr Nottage is so concerned about the age demographic then he might want to look at dropping the appalling " Where Time Is Pleasant" slogan. If that isn't intended to market the town as a retirement haven then I don't know what is. His stance is also odd given the proliferation of retirement developments across for which planning permission has recently been given including the controversial Cornfactor site, a project particularly close to his heart.
We'll it was pleasant until he got into town.
[quote][p][bold]Loyal2AFCB[/bold] wrote: If Mr Nottage is so concerned about the age demographic then he might want to look at dropping the appalling " Where Time Is Pleasant" slogan. If that isn't intended to market the town as a retirement haven then I don't know what is. His stance is also odd given the proliferation of retirement developments across for which planning permission has recently been given including the controversial Cornfactor site, a project particularly close to his heart.[/p][/quote]We'll it was pleasant until he got into town. skydriver
  • Score: 16

1:15pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Local Christchurch Resident says...

Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!!
Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!! Local Christchurch Resident
  • Score: 17

1:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

rebelred says...

Quite enjoyed the programme. Am not a golden oldie or anywhere near. If it gives Christchurch a bit of publicity do not have a problem. If it means we get a few more older visitors in the town where is the problem
Quite enjoyed the programme. Am not a golden oldie or anywhere near. If it gives Christchurch a bit of publicity do not have a problem. If it means we get a few more older visitors in the town where is the problem rebelred
  • Score: 9

2:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

maesgarth says...

Editing was usual sensational tv. Let's face it since when has Carbery avenue (where they were staying) been in the "centre of christchurch" and one of them was walking on southbound beach. Just shows as usual not done for fact but entertaining tv.
Editing was usual sensational tv. Let's face it since when has Carbery avenue (where they were staying) been in the "centre of christchurch" and one of them was walking on southbound beach. Just shows as usual not done for fact but entertaining tv. maesgarth
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ekimnoslen says...

we-shall-see wrote:
But if they filmed during the working week then of course they would mostly only see old people - everyone else would be out at work. Typical biased bull-shine from "factual" tv producers :o/
Couldn't agree more. Typical biased BBC b******t.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: But if they filmed during the working week then of course they would mostly only see old people - everyone else would be out at work. Typical biased bull-shine from "factual" tv producers :o/[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. Typical biased BBC b******t. ekimnoslen
  • Score: -9

5:36pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Phixer says...

Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!!
To redress the balance, which ward will you be representing at the next election??




Thought not.
[quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!![/p][/quote]To redress the balance, which ward will you be representing at the next election?? Thought not. Phixer
  • Score: -5

7:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

MrsT.Jojo says...

What's wrong with having a town full of elderly?! Better than full of yobs
What's wrong with having a town full of elderly?! Better than full of yobs MrsT.Jojo
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Sat 5 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Nothing wrong with old people but xchurch have a miserable lot of them.
Nothing wrong with old people but xchurch have a miserable lot of them. pete woodley
  • Score: 3

8:46am Sun 6 Apr 14

ladylogic says...

MrsT.Jojo wrote:
What's wrong with having a town full of elderly?! Better than full of yobs
A great many of the "yobs" are lovely, respectful young people. My daughters always hold doors open for the older generation and don't get a "thank you". There are a lot of miserable, rude old people in Christchurch and I have encountered many of them.
[quote][p][bold]MrsT.Jojo[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with having a town full of elderly?! Better than full of yobs[/p][/quote]A great many of the "yobs" are lovely, respectful young people. My daughters always hold doors open for the older generation and don't get a "thank you". There are a lot of miserable, rude old people in Christchurch and I have encountered many of them. ladylogic
  • Score: 14

9:06am Sun 6 Apr 14

Local Christchurch Resident says...

Phixer wrote:
Local Christchurch Resident wrote:
Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!!
To redress the balance, which ward will you be representing at the next election??




Thought not.
I'd be more than happy to represent a ward, in fact I spoke to the MD about the commitment, but they won't support! ..... You thought wrong!
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Local Christchurch Resident[/bold] wrote: Funny that Ray Nottage is worried about the representation of Christhurch and the age of the population ...... Look inside the chambers, you have a high percentage of the 'out of touch' elderly making all of the decisions!! .... You made Christchurch in to the 'Where time is pleasant' by the addtItion of so many coffee shops, cheap outlets and charity stores! ...... It's hardly a happening place that engage with the young!! ...... You made it that way, stop complaining about the way it's portrayed ..... they only report on what they see!!![/p][/quote]To redress the balance, which ward will you be representing at the next election?? Thought not.[/p][/quote]I'd be more than happy to represent a ward, in fact I spoke to the MD about the commitment, but they won't support! ..... You thought wrong! Local Christchurch Resident
  • Score: 1

1:25pm Sun 6 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

As with most reality TV shows, the producers edit the programme to suit their topic.........

Exactly the way Councillors operate,is it not?
As with most reality TV shows, the producers edit the programme to suit their topic......... Exactly the way Councillors operate,is it not? BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Sun 6 Apr 14

camvalley says...

Interesting that there has been no comment from the businesses themselves
Interesting that there has been no comment from the businesses themselves camvalley
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

agp1337 says...

camvalley wrote:
Interesting that there has been no comment from the businesses themselves
They're probably not allowed to by the TV company. It would have been agreed before.
[quote][p][bold]camvalley[/bold] wrote: Interesting that there has been no comment from the businesses themselves[/p][/quote]They're probably not allowed to by the TV company. It would have been agreed before. agp1337
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

Binky wrote:
According to Wikipedia, the percentage of 60-84 year-olds in Christchurch is 31.9%.
The percentage of 18-44 year-olds is 27.1%.
Yet every shot of the Christchurch High Street or the surrounding area showed zimmer frames, invalid buggies, and generally decrepit people.
The directors obviously filmed every old person they could see to prove what an ancient population is living in Christchurch, without bothering to check any facts first.
If they REALLY wanted a large elderly population, they should have gone to Highcliffe - 69%.

Personally I'm getting fed up with seeing this stereotype whenever Christchurch is on TV. Lazy research, and filming rigged to make the town look old and out of touch.
Young people do not go to Christchurch centre. There is nothing there for them. The used to go to the Tommy Tripp.

They go to Castlepoint, or the Triangle in Bournemouth. Not....Christchurch. The only thing there is the Subway.
[quote][p][bold]Binky[/bold] wrote: According to Wikipedia, the percentage of 60-84 year-olds in Christchurch is 31.9%. The percentage of 18-44 year-olds is 27.1%. Yet every shot of the Christchurch High Street or the surrounding area showed zimmer frames, invalid buggies, and generally decrepit people. The directors obviously filmed every old person they could see to prove what an ancient population is living in Christchurch, without bothering to check any facts first. If they REALLY wanted a large elderly population, they should have gone to Highcliffe - 69%. Personally I'm getting fed up with seeing this stereotype whenever Christchurch is on TV. Lazy research, and filming rigged to make the town look old and out of touch.[/p][/quote]Young people do not go to Christchurch centre. There is nothing there for them. The used to go to the Tommy Tripp. They go to Castlepoint, or the Triangle in Bournemouth. Not....Christchurch. The only thing there is the Subway. Yankee1
  • Score: -3

11:24pm Sun 6 Apr 14

guisselle says...

The Boat House is a lovely restaurant by the Quay seems to be a popular
place for young families and the smart set!
The Boat House is a lovely restaurant by the Quay seems to be a popular place for young families and the smart set! guisselle
  • Score: 1

8:50am Mon 7 Apr 14

richt says...

I wonder if any other independent well run local businesses were not selected because their owners did not portray the BBC's desired over 60 image for the show?
I wonder if any other independent well run local businesses were not selected because their owners did not portray the BBC's desired over 60 image for the show? richt
  • Score: 3

12:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

Theres no such thing as bad publicity it was just a bit of entertainment on a minority channel not brilliant but better than some of the main shows people can make up their own minds about Christchurch
Theres no such thing as bad publicity it was just a bit of entertainment on a minority channel not brilliant but better than some of the main shows people can make up their own minds about Christchurch bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mytown1 says...

The councillors (and I will not single just one of them out ) set this up to fail if they thought they were going to get a hands up, what a marvellous place to live for young people. We have no young people. Just look at the age of the councillors who "run the place" see them at their council meetings and you soon see there is little thought for the younger element in the town. Give them a great community centre in the middle of town - then you are talking. Until then keep dragging in supermarkets and coffee houses to fill up the high street.
The councillors (and I will not single just one of them out ) set this up to fail if they thought they were going to get a hands up, what a marvellous place to live for young people. We have no young people. Just look at the age of the councillors who "run the place" see them at their council meetings and you soon see there is little thought for the younger element in the town. Give them a great community centre in the middle of town - then you are talking. Until then keep dragging in supermarkets and coffee houses to fill up the high street. mytown1
  • Score: 2

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