Watching a God-awful soap the other night I saw somebody pay for two or three items in a supermarket. The cost was exactly four zloties, which aroused my suspicions. Those suspicions were confirmed when the money was simply received. If you can’t be bothered faithfully reproducing simple things like the fact that everything costs 3.69, the cashier always asks if you have the exact change, you always get handed a receipt (a new, overzealously embraced law) and every transaction is accompanied by the electronic bleep of a scanner, why the hell spend a fortune on mocking up a studio to look like a supermarket? Why not just a bare stage? No props, no make-believe 19th century manors or 200 square metre-flats… Oh yeah, that would require acting.

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