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Will Mellor blasts BBC’s ‘horrible’ Inside Dubai… despite starring as the documentary’s narrator

Will Mellor has blasted the BBC’s Inside Dubai: Playground Of The Rich docuseries, after the first episode aired on Monday night.

The Coronation Street star, 45, who starred as the programme’s narrator, said it was ‘horrible’ and that he doesn’t agree with the content.

After announcing he had ‘enjoyed’ taking part, Will soon changed his tune when viewers took to Twitter to share their disgust at the wealth of the city’s locals and holidaymakers.

Angry: Will Mellor has blasted the BBC’s Inside Dubai: Playground Of The Rich docuseries, after the first episode aired on Monday night

He had initially posted: ‘Really enjoyed doing the VO for this. Proper eye opener.’

After realising fans were not singing from the same hymn book as him, he quickly typed: ‘I know me 2! [sic]

‘I just did the Voice over but horrible to see how much wealth is being thrown around and yet there are people really struggling right there amongst it!!’

A viewer had written: ‘Broke my heart seeing Hazel having to send money home for her family and not seeing her son and they just jump on a private jet. I thought slavery was abolished.’

Oh no! The Coronation Street star, 45, who starred as the programme's narrator, said it was 'horrible' and that he doesn't agree with the content

Oh no! The Coronation Street star, 45, who starred as the programme’s narrator, said it was ‘horrible’ and that he doesn’t agree with the content

In reply to a private tweet, he fumed: ‘What!!?? It’s my job you clown!!

‘Me doing a VO doesn’t mean I agree with all the content!! Im actually glad I’m letting people know what goes on!!’

From soap made with 18 carat gold to a license plate worth more than the Rolls Royce it’s on, the lavish world of Dubai’s uber-wealthy was explored in the show.

The ultramodern city, in the United Arab Emirates, is home to two and a half million expats – many of whom enjoy a luxurious life of private jets, chefs and eye-wateringly expensive cars.

Wow! After announcing he had 'enjoyed' taking part, Will soon changed his tune when viewers took to Twitter to share their disgust at the wealth of the city's locals and holidaymakers

Wow! After announcing he had ‘enjoyed’ taking part, Will soon changed his tune when viewers took to Twitter to share their disgust at the wealth of the city’s locals and holidaymakers

Oops: After realising fans were not singing from the same hymn book as him, he quickly typed: 'I know me 2! [sic]'

Oops: After realising fans were not singing from the same hymn book as him, he quickly typed: ‘I know me 2! [sic]’

Fuming: In reply to a private tweet, he fumed: 'What!!?? It's my job you clown!!'

Fuming: In reply to a private tweet, he fumed: ‘What!!?? It’s my job you clown!!’

The installment a glimpse into the lives of expats from all around the world, with Emiratis making up less than 15 per cent of the city’s population.

Viewers branded the hedonistic wealth demonstrated in the episode as ‘obscene’ describing contributors as an ‘example of sheer inequality in all its worst forms’.

‘Looking forward to Gogglebox featuring #insidedubai It could be an hour long special!’ said another.

‘If ever there was a worked example of sheer inequality in all its worst forms, it’s pretty much in that one programme. Gaynor doesn’t come out well from the editing suite.’

Incredible: From soap made with 18 carat gold to a license plate worth more than the Rolls Royce it's on, the lavish world of Dubai's uber-wealthy was explored in the show

Incredible: From soap made with 18 carat gold to a license plate worth more than the Rolls Royce it’s on, the lavish world of Dubai’s uber-wealthy was explored in the show 

‘Watching #insidedubai- obscene’, commented another user.

A fourth said: ‘Inside Dubai playground of the rich [bbc2] is the most hateful evil disgusting thing I’ve ever watched. I’m completely hooked.’

One character in the series is Indian national Abu Sabah – one of Dubai’s 52,000 millionaires who recently became ‘became the most talked-about man in the city’.

The businessman, who runs property development firm Raj Sahni Group, revealed that he had purchased a prestigious single digit number plate for £6.8 million – more than the Rolls Royce it was placed on.

Opulent: Swiss socialite Sonia Pronk showed off her designer shoe collection worth over £200,000 and a collection of countless handbags with single pieces worth up to £100,000

Opulent: Swiss socialite Sonia Pronk showed off her designer shoe collection worth over £200,000 and a collection of countless handbags with single pieces worth up to £100,000

Sabah, who has his name written on the side of his house, explained he forked out for the single digit number plate as a status symbol – with Sheikh Mohammed’s plate boasting the number one.

‘When I came to Dubai I found out it was very strange city, he said. ‘I went to a hotel once and they wouldn’t let me enter, even though I had a very nice car.

‘They said, ‘You need to have a nice number plate’. I said ‘What is a nice number plate? They said two digits, I said ‘Wow thats interesting’ and went and picked up a few number plates.

Splashing the cash: The installment a glimpse into the lives of expats from all around the world, with Emiratis making up less than 15 per cent of the city's population

Splashing the cash: The installment a glimpse into the lives of expats from all around the world, with Emiratis making up less than 15 per cent of the city’s population 

‘The car is only $800,000 dollars but the number plate is $9 million. I feel proud of myself!’

Meanwhile, British expat Gaynor Scott was born in Stoke-on-Trent, but after marrying one of the wealthiest business men in the Channel Islands splits her time between Jersey and one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods Emirates Hills.

The uber-private enclave is home to footballers, celebrities and even some infamous figures – with Gaynor describing the nearby Mugabe family as throwing ‘amazing parties on New Year’s Eve’.

Unbelievable: Sabah, who has his name written on the side of his house (pictured) runs property development firm Raj Sahni Group

Unbelievable: Sabah, who has his name written on the side of his house (pictured) runs property development firm Raj Sahni Group

When Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe died in 2019 at the age of 95, he left a $1 billion property empire including homes in Dubai, where his playboy sons lived at one point.

‘Emirates Hills is a very exclusive area, it’s a gated community, ultra-private because of the residence that live here, it’s one of those destination places to live in Dubai,’ Gaynor said.

The family hire private nannies, chefs and cleaners among other staff for over the national minimum wage – with Gaynor joking: ‘I wouldn’t have had another child if there wasn’t going to be a nanny, there was always going to be a nanny!’

While travelling to her second home in the Channel Islands the family chartered a private jet costing around £180,000, featuring 29 bags of ‘nibbles’ specially requested to feed the family of four on their eight hour flight.

Ahead of the trip, a concert pianist was brought into the airport lounge to serenade the family with Gaynor’s favourite song, and the mother-of-two was served a coffee with her face printed on to the foam.

Meanwhile Swiss socialite Sonia Pronk showed off her designer shoe collection worth more than £200,000 and a collection of countless handbags with single pieces costing up to £100,000.  

The next episode of Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich will air next Monday on BBC2 and all episodes are now available on BBCiPlayer. 

Unimpressed: Viewers branded the hedonistic wealth demonstrated in the documentary series as 'obscene' describing contributors as an 'example of sheer inequality in all its worst forms'

Unimpressed: Viewers branded the hedonistic wealth demonstrated in the documentary series as ‘obscene’ describing contributors as an ‘example of sheer inequality in all its worst forms’

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