What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ladies of London is a bit more reserved than other Bravo TV reality shows, but it still offers lots of catty behavior, expensive product logos, and mature themes. It also contains some strong language ("a--hole," "s--t" bleeped). There are some cultural comparisons made between Americans and the English that some may consider stereotypical.
What's the story?
The reality series LADIES OF LONDON features a group of British socialites and American ex-pats living exclusive lives in London. It stars wealthy British aristocrats Annabelle Neilson and personal shopper Caroline Stanbury, who are regulars on the London social circuit. They're joined by Americans: model Captice Bourret, PR consultant Juliet Angus, fashion entrepreneur Noelle Reno, public relations specialist Marissa Hermer, and yoga instructor Julie Montagu. From attending A-list parties and self-promoting to protecting their reputations among the upper crust, these women navigate the unwritten rules of the London high society.
Is it any good?
As with most shows of this kind, Ladies of London features the catty behavior, drinking, endless conversations about relationships, connections, and money one expects from Bravo TV reality shows. What sets it apart is its portrayal of London's distinctive high society, which, thanks to Britain's royalty-infused, class-oriented social structure, is different from America's upper-class social circles.
Stateside viewers may find humor in some of the distinctions being made between American and English socialites, while others may raise an eyebrow when cast members are genuinely surprised that they're not being treated in a way they believe respects their high-society status. But, aside from some of these cultural nuances, the series offers little more than your traditional voyeuristic reality entertainment.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what "high-end society" means. How do people become members of these circles? Why do some people believe that being part of this community is important? Do you think this reality series offers an accurate portrayal of what British high society is, or is it simply being presented in a way that will be entertaining to viewers?
What are some of the cultural distinctions between Americans and the British? Does this series accurately portray these differences? Or are they relying on stereotypes to generate entertaining moments?