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What Not to Wear


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1/8. Fashion experts Lisa Butcher and Mica Paris meet a series of identical twins whose friends and families wish they would stop dressing alike and develop stronger identities as individuals. Unable to choose one pair to makeover. Lisa and Mica instead pick one twin from two different sets. How will the chosen two fare without their sisters by their side, and what will be the reaction of their twins when they see their siblings transformed? The results are a gripping insight into the special bond between twins.

The Inside Story: page 100

The Inside Story: "It's not just a makeover, it's much deeper than that," says Mica Paris, who co-presents the new series of What Not To Wear (8.00pm BBC1). "We become immersed in the lives of these people. We're working with them and hanging out together for three or four months. You see less than an hour of it. We spend an hour-and-a-half talking to people individually on the therapy couch alone - you probably only see one minute of that in the show. It can only work when it's done in depth. You can't fake that sort of transformation. The clothes are just the cherry on the cake."

Lifestyle: What Not to Wear 8.00pm BBC1
Mica Paris and Lisa Butcher dip their well-pedicured toes into an area that's usually the province of someone like Professor Robert Winston: identical twins. After sifting through countless female twins, all of whom are dressed in the same boring, bland way as their sister (or have "been tauped" as Lisa puts it), they pick one woman from two sets of twins to make over.
It's a dangerous idea to separate siblings that are so close they finish each other's sentences (although one suspects their flinty ITV1 counterparts, Trinny and Susannah, would have no qualms about it) and, for a while, the experiment looks likely to go the way of the typical British woman's figure-pear-shaped. Of course, both the Eliza Doolittles end up looking like My Fair Ladies (and even the twins left behind get a bit of a makeover), which is remarkable considering some of the ghastly outfits Mica and Lisa sport. (JR)


Presenter: Lisa Butcher
Presenter: Mica Paris
Director/Producer: Jill Marshall

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