Saturday, November 1, 2008

Wendy's Week of TV: Part 16

Saturday: Rockwiz

I hadn't caught up with Rockwiz for some time but this reminded me how much more energy the show has in comparison to Spicks and Specks. The banter between Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis give more opportunity for spontaneity. Zemiro is clever and witty but manages to avoid being smug (Wil Anderson watch and learn). The live band is genius and the audience members who join the special guests on the panel are always fascinating personalities in some way. It's funny - but the show never loses sight of its inner music nerd.

Monday: Enough Rope

I was very happy to be home early enough from choir to catch Andrew Denton interview Michael Parkinson. Parky has many great tales to tell from decades of interviewing celebrities. A delight from start to finish.

Tuesday: Hamish Macbeth

This was the final episode of Series 1. Hamish, you great big idiot. Can't you see that Isobel is in love with you??? Foolish policeman, falling for Alex's upper-class, authorial charms now that you have escaped a mountainous death. Mark my words it'll never work. Favourite moment though was Lachie Jnr's mystified question "What is this ironic?". Indeed.

Thursday: The Amazing Race

Why? Because there was nothing else on even remotely worth watching. Those Bolivian fighting cholitas (?) were frightening. And the wooden bicycles looked supremely uncomfortable. But what is most confounding is why anyone signs up for this program. It looks like torture to me. Is this what makes it successful television?

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