Ben Pobjie

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Footy second to frocks at Brownlow

Ben Pobjie Let's just state the obvious, the Brownlow is really all about the frocks.

Television

Step back in time to rejoin Goonies

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Ben Pobjie The Goonies (GO! 8pm) was a major cultural milestone for children of my generation. At least, that's what I've heard: personally, I didn't see it till I was in my 30s and had several years before...

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Comb is where the art is for snippers

Ben Pobjie ''There are thousands of passionate home hairstylists all over Britain,'' says the voice-over at the beginning of Hair (ABC2, 8.25pm), which came as a bit of a shock to me.

Still bold, still beautiful, still going

Ben Pobjie I've not critiqued The Bold and The Beautiful (SC10, 4.30pm) before: not because I have any doubt as to its status as a major cultural touchstone of our age, but because, so far out of prime time,...

Television

Still bold, still beautiful, still going

Ben Pobjie I've not critiqued The Bold and The Beautiful (Ten, 4.30pm) before: not because I have any doubt as to its status as a major cultural touchstone of our age, but because, so far out of prime time,...

Desperate attempt at comedy falls flat in Friends With Better Lives

Ben Pobjie If I were an uncharitable soul, I might suggest the title Friends With Better Lives is mainly applicable to those friends who haven't yet seen the show.

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The Amazing Race Australia: a dry run in days of whining poseurs

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Ben Pobjie Look, Daniel and Ryan, we get it, OK? Your goal in The Amazing Race Australia (Seven, 8.40pm) is to have fun.

Lads stripped of work, but not of will

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Ben Pobjie Look, you know and I know that Friday night is all about footy, but occasionally one must provide some kind of alternative.

Engaging show a dream come true

Ben Pobjie Thursday marks the final episode of The Dreamhouse (ABC1, 9.30pm), so it's not too late to hop on board this most uplifting of trains.

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Cutting it with a better class of pawn

Beverly Hills Pawn

Ben Pobjie No ordinary op shop, this is the kind of place Ed Begley Jr's wife goes to hawk her jewellery when times get tough.

Cutting it with a better class of pawn

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Ben Pobjie It's one of the most delicate dilemmas faced by television producers today: how upmarket should your reality pawnshop series be? Do you go classy-scholarly like Pawn Stars, or do you go...

Girl power

Potent, moving girl-power moment

In step: Melissa Bergland and Nick Russell of the new season of Winners & Losers on Seven.

Ben Pobjie Winners & Losers is a testament to the strength and magnetism of its women, both fictional and thespian.

Big Brother's house of shock horrors returns

<i>Big Brother</i> host Sonia Kruger.

Ben Pobjie Whether you love or hate Big Brother depends a lot on your feelings about average people, psychological torture, and pointless tasks.

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Elegant brutality simply irresistible

Ben Pobjie Is there anything more beautiful than two enormous men running as fast as they can into each other? If you answered ''yes'', you will be relatively uninterested in the elegant brutality on display on...

Television

Oh Blake, Blake! wherefore art thou

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Ben Pobjie In the normal world, when you know your boyfriend has been pashing other women, you throw his clothes out on the lawn.

Television

Freddie Highmore goes sugar-free

Ben Pobjie It's surprising more movies don't get turned into television shows.

Unpeopled space devoid of drama

Ben Pobjie As a television critic, I am naturally extremely interested in the apocalypse, so Life After People (7Two, 11.

Neighbours unleashes twisted storyline

Ben Pobjie It's one of the great aphorisms of television: when things are getting a little monotonous, bring in a tornado.

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Siren call of seductive Friday footy

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Ben Pobjie To the true connoisseur of sporting intrigue and athletic drama, the week before the finals may provide more excitement than the finals themselves.

Reality TV comes with real fear factor

Ben Pobjie The simple fact is this: television is the only reliable way to determine pecking orders.