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My Kitchen Rules 2015 episode 15 recap: Lynn and Tony have a rough day in the kitchen

Ben Pobjie Welcome to the jungle! That's what someone in charge of writing the terrible dialogue of this show might say, on Night Three of My Kitchen Rules 'secret round' part of Channel Seven's attempt to...

What's on TV Friday: The Neverending Story

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Ben Pobjie Is there anything better than nostalgia? Given scientific evidence indicates that literally nothing is as good as it used to be, I would say not.

What's on TV Thursday: Survivor: Worlds Apart

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Ben Pobjie One can say what one likes about Survivor (GO! 9.30pm), but as with all the most gargantuan pop culture phenomena, the brute force of cold, irresistible numbers crushes all criticisms stupid enough...

What's on TV Wednesday: Micallef's 'Mad as Hell' and sure to get madder

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Ben Pobjie Rumour has it that there are still some people who don't watch Mad As Hell (ABC1, 8.30pm). I am sure none of you fall into such a disreputable category, but just on the off-chance, I'll repeat my...

What's on TV Tuesday: The Block

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Ben Pobjie When John F. Kennedy announced America's intention to put a man on the moon, he famously said, "We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard".

What's on TV Monday: The Academy Awards

Oscars race.

Ben Pobjie It strikes me that there is something rather sick in our society, in that we valorise people whose only virtue is the ability to run fast or kick a ball, while neglecting to give due credit to the...


My Kitchen Rules 2015 episode 12 recap: The shocking new twist that happens every year

Mother and daughter team Vicky and Celine served up a sort-of-traditional Greek feast at their instant restaurant.

Ben Pobjie In the finest traditions of reality TV shows lying to viewers, by the end the rules remained the same and everyone felt slightly dirty.

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What's on TV Friday: Doctor Blake Mysteries

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Ben Pobjie A third series of the Doctor Blake Mysteries starts on Friday with its subdued hero again uncovering the dirty secrets of 1950s Ballarat.

What's on TV Thursday: State of Affairs

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Ben Pobjie You'd think by now people would have realised that putting Katherine Heigl on television only encourages her, but old habits die hard, and so in State of Affairs (Seven, 9pm) we have the latest...

What's on TV Wednesday: Judith Lucy is All Woman

Ben Pobjie Women – those strange, elusive creatures have for generations baffled men who were too scared to talk to them and, for those men, Judith Lucy Is All Woman (ABC1, 9pm) could be a positive boon.


My Kitchen Rules 2015 episode 9 recap: Carol and Adam serve it up

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Ben Pobjie But by the end of the evening, Carol and Adam are riding high, proving that in cookery, it’s latent tennis ability that counts.

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What's on TV Tuesday: Tattoos After Dark

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Ben Pobjie Tattoos are proliferating rapidly in reality TV.

What's on TV Monday: Q&A

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Ben Pobjie One of the great things about Q&A (ABC1, 9.35pm) is the opportunity for insight into the balance between a politician's conscience and their recognition of political realities.

What's on TV Friday: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Ben Pobjie A 2005 version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is better than the 1971 one, except for Gene Wilder's performance as Willy Wonka.

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What's on TV Thursday: Gogglebox Australia switches on to watch and respond

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Ben Pobjie Gogglebox is an inevitability. The only question is whether it's the inevitable nadir of the downward spiral of Western popular culture, or the inevitable evolution of post-modern televisual art.

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My Kitchen Rules 2015 episode 4 recap: Ash and Camilla put on a French feast

Ash and Camilla create something marginally edible.

Ben Pobjie It’s Ash and Camilla night, and the theme is French cuisine and emotional overreactions to minor problems, as the pressure of culinary perfection gets to the Melbourne socialites.

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What's on TV Wednesday: Wonderland

Tension: Tom and Miranda.

Ben Pobjie Early on in Episode 2, Season 3 of Wonderland (Ten, 8.30pm), there is a shocking revelation: there is a Season 3 of Wonderland.

What's on TV Tuesday: How to Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis in How to Get Away With Murder.

Ben Pobjie There are times I find myself sighing wistfully when watching a show and wishing things were other than what they are.

Gallipoli series survives laboured voice-over

Ben Pobjie Anzac Day this year will mark 100 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula as part of an ill-fated attempt to secure the Dardanelles that ended in retreat,...


I'm a Celebrity Australia 2015 episode 2 recap: Maureen McCormick's secret shame

Maureen McCormick.

Ben Pobjie Tonight on I'm A Celebrity: bodily functions and frightening holes dominate, as the jungle-dwellers get to grips with what it means to have nothing good to talk about.

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