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What's on TV Monday: Imitation is the sincerest form of TV flattery

Jason Dundas hosts The Big Adventure.

Ben Pobjie No more Blue and Orange on The Big Adventure (Seven, 7.30pm), as we enter the semi-finals: it's no longer a team game, but a contest between individuals.

What's on TV Monday: A skimpy life

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Ben Pobjie The great thing about ABC2 is that it's a niche channel that can show programs that perhaps lack the mass appeal of the shows that ratings-driven networks are forced to produce.

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What's on TV Friday: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a chip off the old block

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Ben Pobjie It is no easy task to convince reasonable, mature, erudite adults their Friday evening would be well spent watching animated chipmunks.

What's on TV Thursday: Got a disfiguring scar? Get a tattoo

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Ben Pobjie Ink Master shows that the world of competitive tattooing is as mad and bitchy as any other reality realm.

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What's on TV Wednesday: The wonder of Wonderland

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Ben Pobjie Channel Ten keeps airing Wonderland in prime time out of what can surely be nothing more than sheer bloody-mindedness.

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What's on TV Tuesday: Ray Martin goes into the desert

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Ben Pobjie Like most Australian TV fans, when I heard that SBS was sending Ray Martin into the middle of the desert, I was right on board.

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What's on TV Wednesday: Black Comedy, an ascent into darkness

Jeff McMullen guest stars in <i>Black Comedy</i>.

Ben Pobjie Black Comedy is a series of sketch comedy gags with a higher strike rate than most.

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What's on TV Friday: Grease is the word

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Ben Pobjie There are few more powerful forces in entertainment than the warm, gooey feeling one gets inside when one is reminded of things that one experienced earlier in one's life.

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What's on TV Thursday: History through beer goggles

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Ben Pobjie Did you know that Jim Thorpe won the Olympic decathlon wearing shoes he found in the garbage?

What's on TV Tuesday: Astounding food discoveries

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Ben Pobjie If you're after both awe and stomach-knotting anxiety, look no further than Adam Richman's Man Finds Food and Recipes to Riches.

What's on TV Monday: Star power shines

Ben Pobjie There are many TV shows with a single redeeming character: the individual that makes it watchable when without them it would be a depressing mess.

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What's on TV Friday: A remade Hairspray and Muppets on song

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Ben Pobjie Hairspray is as fun and jolly and catchy a movie experience as you are likely to get.

What's on TV Wednesday: Twenty20 cricket, Australia v South Africa

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Ben Pobjie Now we can enjoy some real cricket, cricket played as it was meant to be played, i.e. in Australia

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What's on TV Thursday: A comedy of soul mates

Reptilian? Tony Abbott.

Ben Pobjie Cutting-edge comedy full of satire, irony and worshipping poo.

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What's on TV Tuesday: Bill Shorten's kitchen revelations

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Ben Pobjie Kitchen Cabinet gives politicians the chance to soften their public image and present themselves as ordinary Aussies like the rest of us.

What's on TV Monday: Michael Moseley asks, should meat be on your menu?

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Ben Pobjie Documentary maker Michael Moseley's latest investigation asks whether healthy eaters should be avoiding meat.

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What's on TV Friday: The Karate Kid still kicking the man 30 years on

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Ben Pobjie John G. Avildsen can be well-satisfied with the fruits of his labours. While most of us go through life in the gutter, staring at the stars, Avildsen reached for them, and succeeded.

What's on TV Thursday: Last Man Standing is an affront to television's Golden Age

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Ben Pobjie If you are over a hundred years old and enjoy jokes about how men and women are different, poor timing, and faint feelings of nausea, Last Man Standing is probably your kind of show.

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What's on TV Wednesday: The Millers

Ben Pobjie The ingredients of The Millers are excellent, but when combined the dish they form is inedible.

What's on TV Tuesday: Dancing with the Stars sans Mark Holden

Ben Pobjie Dancing With The Stars without Mark Holden? Is there any point to it any more?