• First Review: Things to Try Before You Die

    If you’re into Getaway get ready for Getaway On Steroids. Nine’s new Things to Try Before You Die is a rapidfire travelogue show, with a feast of adventure and travel ideas designed to give viewers an air-rush. Presented by Jules Lund, Livinia Nixon and Gary Sweet, the three offer up 30 brief moments from different […]

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  • First Review: "New" Neighbours

    The change is coming at 6:30pm… or is it? First a confession. I have a fondness for Neighbours which is as familar as an old shoe. We’ve grown up with the show, connected with many favourite characters and actors, and admired its persistence for hanging in there. So it’s with much curiosity that I took […]

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  • First Review: The Circuit

    The Howard Government’s response to a ‘national emergency’ in Aboriginal Australia is, sadly, brutally fortuitous for SBS’ forthcoming drama, The Circuit. This six-part series was created, crafted and even scheduled well before Howard’s startling press conference. Yet it’s as if the two were looking at the same research material. The Circuit grounds itself in the […]

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  • First Review: Gay, Straight or Taken

    When Bravo TV launched Boy Meets Boy in 2004 the luvly James Getzlaff was the Bachelor-style hero in a dating show that offered gay beaus and straight wolves in designer-sheep clothing. According to Getzlaff, this twist by gay-owned production company Evolution was part of an agenda to get the show into mainstream television when Queer […]

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  • First Review: Dr Who: The Runaway Bride

    As you may remember, last week I immersed myself in the world of Captain Jack Harkness and his Torchwood gang. Coming to terms with a darker, landlocked and mostly straight-laced pitch was a somewhat disconcerting experience. This week I was reminded of all that can be righted in the universe when Russell T. Davies plants […]

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  • First Review: Torchwood.

    I feel a little behind the eight-ball writing a review of Torchwood, the new BBC science fiction spin-off from Russell T Davies’ successfully resurrected Dr Who. I mean, half you lot have already downloaded it, right? I must admit after watching the opening episode, that I was thrown. It didn’t dazzle me with special effects […]

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  • First Review: The Nation

    I guess I can give Mick Molloy 5 out of 10 for effort. I think I was expecting a lot worse of The Nation. But that’s because he has a reputation as a blokey ratbag, a label he seems to wear proudly. In this news-esque format he seems to have mellowed. Maybe it’s because he […]

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  • First Review: Bluelist Australia

    Get ready for 20 to 1 meets Getaway with a dash of the offbeat. Bluelist Australia is a travel guide put together by Lonely Planet, who asked Australians to nominate their favourite and best-kept secrets. Hosted by actor Samuel Johnson, this half hour show isn’t as traditional as the popular commercial offerings. For starters they’re […]

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  • First Review: Kick

    It’s been a long time since an Italian immigrant was affectionately dubbed ‘a bloody dago’ in “They’re a Weird Mob.” But ethnic humour has entrenched itself in Australian culture ever since. The stage success of “Wogs Out Of Work” led to Acropolis Now, Effie: Just Quietly, and indirectly to Greeks on the Roof. Along the […]

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  • First Review: Nerds FC

    Last year’s observational series in which a team of “nerds” took on a champion soccer team stood out as one of the few reality-driven series that had a real affection for its participants. No voting out, no alliances, no twists –clearly Fremantle Media hadn’t read the “Reality 101” rulebook. So successful was the Australian version […]

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  • First Review: Big Love

    Let’s face it, Sunday nights on SBS have never been much chop. Worthy documentaries. The odd arthouse movie. That’s about it. Now the public broadcaster is making some key changes and it’s got a doozy of a drama that will divide intelligent viewers bored by the soapy antics of Grey’s Anatomy or CSI overkill. Big […]

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  • First Review: Teen Fit Camp

    It’s hard to be nice about Teen Fit Camp. When I first spied it in TEN’s end of year announcement and it was called Teen Fat Camp it was a little staggering to believe such an idea would ever be greenlighted. But remember we had a year where The Biggest Loser was the biggest winner. […]

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