A top writer is furious at being passed over by ITV who have commissioned three new travel programmes.
ITV Daytime have ordered celebrity travelogues by Adrian Admondson, Ade In Britain, and Dick Strawbridge, the boat-based Hungry Sailors, while actress Caroline Quentin is to front a series about Cornwall.
The news has infuriated travel writer Peregrine Trip, well known to regular readers for his travel diaries, including visits to Antwerp, Gloucester, Sorrento and Worcester.
"I've been talking to ITV execs for ages about transforming some of my items into scripts and they seemed pretty positive. But it just goes to show what a bunch slimy a-holes - please excuse my French - these TV johnnies can be.
"I mean come on! Did you see that rubbish Edmondson did about the Yorkshire Dales? And when Ms Quentin did India... well, nobody watched it!
"Mrs doesn't know yet - I haven't told her. She was looking forward to doing some 'to camera' pieces with me. I wouldn't like to be in any of these producers' shoes if she bumps into them out shopping on Saturday... she is going to be hopping mad!"
The news of Trip's snub makes it a mixed day for writers associated with EIF News & Features. Earlier in the day it was announced that controverisal academic Ken Lucid was being lined up by Hounslow University to head up their new history department.