• First Review: Find My Family

    NB: Please contact Seven for all enquiries to this show. No personal enquiries will be accepted or published here. They often say there are only seven story ideas in the world, and family reunions were often part of 1960s variety / game shows. “Remember this voice?” a host would ask Aunty Beryl. “Yes it’s your […]

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  • First Review: Oprah: Tom Cruise specials

    Hold onto your sofas. The Tom and Oprah show is back. It’s hard not to see these two – count them, two – specials as pop culture propaganda: a TV mutual admiration society. Oprah is awestruck by, or possibly jealous of, Tom’s fairytale homestead in Telluride, Colorado. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains, open countryside and picture-postcard […]

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  • First Review: Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

    Two weeks ago I was abandoned at the top of Mount Everest with mountaineer Lincoln Hall. Miraculously he survived for 24 hours in ‘the dead zone’ which should have shut down his life support system, while I was left hanging on my couch during the ABC’s Miracle on Everest. I don’t know how either of […]

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  • First Review: The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle

    “Did you say Oprah?” gasps Vivienne Vyle. “How dare you talk about Oprah? We’d all like to be Oprah! We’d all like to sit and clutch hands with Susan Sarandon and weep openly when she says she’s a great ‘marm.’ “We’d all like to sit smugly in the condom of cashmere and deal out Ralph […]

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  • First Review: Jamie’s Fowl Dinners

    Fowl is right. This is a staggering 90 minutes of television, and one that is hard to stomach -but that’s its point. As you’ve probably heard, Oliver is ruthless with the poultry in this special, electrocuting a chicken and suffocating some fluffy little chicks live on television. A licensed slaughterman, Oliver demonstrates what happens all […]

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  • First Review: Walk Like a Man

    American Mark Bingham was instrumental in thwarting 9/11 terrorists intent on crashing a hijacked plane into Washington DC, and payed for his bravery with his life. Aged 31, Bingham was a keen rugby player and a member of the gay rugby union team, the San Francisco Fog. In 2002 a tournament was established in his […]

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  • First Review: ABBA: The Mamma Mia! Story

    There’s been so many bloody ABBA specials it’s near-impossible to discern one from another. Only a true afficionado can separate the wheat from the chaff. Do we really need to know how many albums Australian TV stars accrued in the 70s? This version shifts the focus from ABBA’s career, fan frenzy and memorabilia to the […]

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  • First Review: Miracle on Everest

    If you were ever compelled by the feature film, Touching The Void, here’s one for you. In 2006 Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall scaled Everest. It was his second attempt at the challenge after an earlier attempt saw him have to turn away before reaching the peak. Along the way his team passed the remains of […]

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  • First Review: The Hollowmen.

    They’ve done it again. Working Dog is about to rip down the facade of Canberra just as it did to current affairs in Frontline. Taking aim at a (generic) Prime Minister for the (generic) government you would assume both sides of politics will be ducking for cover, and chuckling, at the characters and concepts of […]

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  • First Review: Valentine’s Day

    ABC seems to love the bush lately. East of Everything, Bed of Roses and Rainshadow have all focussed on rural matters. City-based stories such as those in Bastard Boys and Hell Has Harbour Views are becoming few and far between. In this telemovie starring Rhys Muldoon, we are again transported back on the land, this […]

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  • First Review: Lipstick Jungle

    “You are not a loser. You are an extraordinary person. You are funny, you are scary smart, and intense and gorgeous and larger than life and you deserve to be loved because of those things, not in spite of them.” Make it so, Candace Bushnell. Here we go again. In a predictable New York setting […]

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  • First Review: Battle of the Choirs

    ‘Something, I Got You (I Feel Good), Angel and Bicycle Race’. Four eclectic songs that side by side make up a curious musical cocktail. These four songs by The Beatles, James Brown, Sarah McLachlan and Queen were crooned, bopped, sung a capella and harmonised by four community choirs at the first quarter final of Battle […]

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