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Why North Korea hates Alan Titchmarsh’s jeans

27 March 2024

5:36 AM

27 March 2024

5:36 AM

Alan Titchmarsh presumably did not expect to see his programme Garden Secrets, filmed in 2010, air on North Korean state television this week. He would perhaps have been even more surprised to see the network blur out his blue jeans for viewers.

In the mid-to-late 1990s, under the rule of Kim Jong Il the anti-jeans rhetoric heightened

Why did the higher ups in North Korea decide that the public needed protecting from Titchmarsh’s denim? The reason has nothing to do with diplomatic relations between the hermit and United Kingdom.

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