Griff Rhys Jones: “Free-for-all” on wind farms is “no good at all” for Britain

Rhys Jones says there should be more planning when it comes to Britain's landscape - and also has a swipe at fellow travel presenters who only "go two feet from the car"

Comedian Griff Rhys Jones has hit out at the unchecked spread of windfarms across the country, claiming concerns about saving the planet have led to a “free-for-all”.


He said he was not against the technology but that the controversial turbines – seen by some as blighting the landscape – were being put up at “random” in fields by “whoever has got the money”.

The 62-year-old added that current situation was “no good at all” for the country’s “legacy”.

The comedian, who has a new series on ITV called Griff’s Great Britain, said there has been a failure in planning in how the issue has been dealt with.

He said: “I am not an anti-windfarm person at all. I am an extremely green person. But I believe that we must use planning, to plan properly. That’s what planning is about.

“There has been such an emergency kicked up, that the emergency is justifying a process which is just a free-for-all and the free-for-all is doing us as a country and our legacy, for our great grandchildren, no good at all.”

He said that people in towns should not “assume” that the countryside “looks after itself”.

Rhys Jones also criticised the way billboards were being illegally put up on motorways, like the M25, even though the rules “absolutely forbid” the practice.

“That’s against the law but nobody does anything about them,” he said. “That’s sad.” 

Rhys Jones, whose series about the landscape and terrain of Britain starts at the beginning of January, also took a swipe at some of his fellow celebrity travel presenters.

He said: “There are a few presenters, I am not going to name them, that go two feet from the car and then the car is behind the camera and then the landscape is a background. But we have always sort of gone off and gone into the landscape a bit, which is entertaining but sometimes exhausting.”

The presenter claimed that since he had started making these outdoor factual TV series, that one of the “principles” of the production team was to ask each other how they could make him “s**t his pants”.

In the new series he walks across a wire bridge, between two peaks, which is 2,000 feet above the valley floor. The comedian claimed ITV bosses wanted him to create some “YouTube moments”.

He said: “What is not in the show is me saying things like ‘What is the f*****g point of me standing here?’ That sort of thing. So that was the worst one. I am sure there must be a gaffe reel going around already.”

He also joked about much of his material gets cut out of the final edit.

Rhys Jones said: “The truth is, I do very long and really interesting interviews with people which don’t see the light of day, they don’t even get into the programme.”


Griff’s Great Britain starts on Monday 4th January at 8pm