If you’re familiar with reality television you’ll have stumbled across Scarlett Moffatt, a very chatty and lively young woman from the North East of England. The BBC have provided her with her own podcast, Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe, to explore some of the weirdest talking points, beliefs and conspiracies in contemporary culture. Of course, crop circles were always going to get a mention, especially as the BBC has a history with this sort of thing. Anyone else remember when Danny Dyer came face to face with the two of the circle making fraternity’s biggest attention seekers?
Anyhow, back to the podcast. It is presented in the archetypal believer versus sceptic format; in this case Moffatt up against her partner Scott in very informal fashion, but — and let’s be honest here — this isn’t a show about the phenomenon. Moffatt is the subject. She is her own brand and listeners have probably come for the things that make her popular with the public: fart jokes, mispronunciation, giggles and her personality.
So what of the crop circles? In its thirty three minutes of broadcast time the show teaches us that crop circles are patterns in fields, were big in the 1980s, can be intricate and at least some of them were claimed by two men called Doug and Dave. The mowing devil gets mentioned too. That’s about it. Oh, wait, Scott believes they’re made by people and Scarlett makes a less than convincing fist of blaming the aliens.
Studious croppies without a sense of humour will want to avoid the show and may moan about wasted opportunities, but was it ever going to be any different? If the BBC had been looking to present an informative podcast they would have fronted it with less giggly faces. Ultimately, it’s fun, light hearted and disposable listening. Nobody will remember this particular episode of Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe but, if nothing else, it might introduce a few new people to the existence of the circles.
Scarlett Moffatt Wants To Believe: Crop Circles is available for a limited time on BBC Sounds or by clicking here.