Mr Mills, who has kept in touch with Stacey ever since she left school and followed her career with interest, added: “It was great to see her again. I vår travle hverdag sliter vi med å få tiden til å strekke til. Denne filmen viser hvordan den digitale teknologien har fått fotfeste i moderne dating, et fenomen som har tatt verden med storm.
Half the programme was spent running us through loads of old hat about how cocaine is made, from coca leaf to the final hydrochloride powder, with Dooley in full wide-eyed, -on-the-road mode.
As an interviewer, she delivered prize pearls such as “they try to avoid police detection – it is their aim” from the police about those who run jungle processing labs – like, duh! The truth, however, was that this wasn’t a programme for those with any interest in narcotics and drug culture.
- and a sequence wherein she wandered round an Amazonian jungle airstrip with her trolley-suitcase asking, “Are you winding me up? All it revealed in that department was the way Peru has replaced Colombia as a production hub, especially due to a refined new strain of coca leaf that can be grown in regions other than coca’s traditional mountain terrain.
So far, so Wikipedia - I’d never heard of her and was nonplussed when she popped up like a ditsy, toothy holiday rep fronting a travelogue programme investigating Peru’s ascension to the forefront of global cocaine production.
This hour-long show was the first of three specials about the international narcotics industry - the other two will concern the yaba (methamphetamine) epidemic in Thailand and drug trafficking out of the Ukraine.
The initial problem with Dooley was – how to put this?– why didn’t they put someone with a little more knowledge about the subject in charge?Stacey Dooley – who has helmed programmes for the CBBC children’s channel as well as hard-hitting exposes for BBC Three – was reunited with Whitehill Junior School head Steve Mills, who taught her when she was a pupil in Luton in 1996.He was delighted she managed to find a space in her busy diary to give a talk to Year 6 youngsters about journalism, the media and some of the topics she’s reported on for the BBC. They were so articulate and had a genuine understanding of some quite grown-up issues affecting people around the world. It was lovely to see Mr Mills again – it was a great gig!”Teacher Clare Bailey said: “Stacey was inspirational and it was fantastic to see her interact with the children.“It was refreshing to spend time with such a well-travelled, well-informed and down-to-earth person.