Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald

Bizarre

Weirdest TV shows coming soon: Bagged, The Doll Life, iZombie, Wicked Offer

Nick Galvin A dating show with participants wearing bags on their heads, a series devoted to extreme accidents and medical procedures and a reality show about women who would rather be dolls.

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Struggle Street: Life on the Dole is what real poverty porn looks like

Doing it tough: 20-year-old Jordan McDonald in <i>Life on the Dole</i>.

Nick Galvin If you want to see what genuine, exploitative poverty porn looks like, look no further than Channel Nine's new series Life on the Dole.

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LIght and fantastic

Amanda Parer brings pigs to the city for Vivid night out

Time and space: Zina Kaye and her Vivid exhibit Space Folding.

Nick Galvin Amanda Parer returns for the 2015 Vivid exhibition with a herd of bright porkers.

'Creepy'

Catching Milat a ratings and Twitter winner for Channel 7

Compelling tale: Mal Kennard as Ivan Milat in Catching Milat.

Nick Galvin The first instalment of Seven's chilling two-parter, Catching Milat, mostly won over viewers.

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Return to Mount Druitt?

Struggle Street: SBS ponders how to follow ratings smash

Bob looking at photos of his younger self on the SBS show <i>Struggle Street</i>.

Nick Galvin Ratings for the controversial documentary suggest sequel should be pondered as Nine launches own Struggle Street-type show.

Revelation

Struggle Street: DJ Zehrish Naera putting a fresh spin on Mount Druitt

Fresh spin: DJ Zehrish Naera is one of those trying to put Mount Druitt in a more positive light.

Nick Galvin Meet Zehrish Naera, who recently supported Katy Perry and is now trying to challenge Mount Druitt stereotypes.

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SBS show Struggle Street: Why you should watch tonight

Blacktown councillor Tony Bleasdale (centre) with Ashley and Peta Kennedy.

Nick Galvin Tonight's result is two hours of compelling television that is both exhausting to watch and, in parts, almost unbearably moving.

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Musical intrigue

Australian Chamber Orchestra's Maxime Bibeau unravels bass mystery

Doubled and bass: Maxime Bibeau with his mysterious instrument, which his partner has dubbed 'Sofia'.

Nick Galvin Maxime Bibeau did some true detective work to discover the origins of his Elizabethan-era "'sub-woofer"'.

The man, the moustache, the murders. Ivan Milat's story comes to TV

Murders most foul: Mal Kennard as the serial killer Ivan Milat.

Nick Galvin Actor Mal Kennard wasn't initially seen as the man to play serial murderer Ivan Milat in a new TV miniseries, but he soon made the part his own.

Blast from the past

How the Count Basie Orchestra swings under Scotty Barnhart

Nick Galvin When players in the Count Basie Orchestra feel the presence of an extra player on stage they know that they're "in the groove".

Change of plan

SBS fast-tracks Struggle Street, threatens Blacktown Council with legal action

Ashley Kennedy from the SBS documentary series <i>Struggle Street</i>.

Nick Galvin and Michael Koziol SBS has been forced to fast-track its controversial documentary Struggle Street, combining the second and third episodes into a two-hour special to air next week.

Documentary defiance

Struggle Street: SBS says show will go on despite protest threat

<i>Struggle Street</i> participants: Ashley (second left) and Peta (third left) Kennedy and their family.

Nick Galvin Blacktown mayor Stephen Bali says that he has 'explosive' new evidence to present to SBS in a bid to prevent the broadcaster from airing the first episode of a controversial three-part observational...

Comedy tour

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver star to visit Australia for the first time

John Oliver: Coming to Australia.

Nick Galvin Satirist John Oliver, who once called prime minister Tony Abbott a 'car crash of a human being', is to bring his live show to Australia for the first time.

As The Con turns 100, ex-students remember high notes and lows

Iva Davies.

Nick Galvin The Conservatorium of Music's famous alumni, from Iva Davies to Marie Bashir, look back on their student years.

Earthquake concerns

San Andreas movie promotion altered after Nepal earthquake

Dwayne Johnson

Nick Galvin The makers of San Andreas, the upcoming earthquake disaster movie mostly shot in Queensland, are hurriedly re-working the promotional campaign for the film in light of the devastating earthquake that...

Backpacker murders

Ivan Milat TV drama on backpacker murders takes us to a dark place

Chilling ... Actor Mal Kennard, left, recreates that infamous image of serial killer Ivan Milat.

Nick Galvin It's one of the best-known and most notorious images of serial killer Ivan Milat.

High hopes

Cerro Torre teaches climber David Lama lesson of a lifetime

Nick Galvin Reaching the top of Cerro Torre in 2012 was not only an extraordinary achievement for young gun David Lama, but it also helped him return to the fold of international climbing opinion.

Radio ratings

ABC 702 Sydney takes a dive in radio ratings 2015

Audience drop: Richard Glover.

Nick Galvin Leading a plunge at 702 ABC Sydney is Richard Glover's Drive show.

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Race furore

Fox Sports' Briony Ingerson provokes 'blackface' storm

Party time ... Briony  Ingerson and an unnamed friend in her original Instagram post.

Nick Galvin Fox Sports presenter Briony Ingerson has sparked a fierce backlash over an offensive Instagram picture of herself and a friend in blackface make-up.

Why Anzac with Sam Neill: the actor remembers his fallen family

Why Anzac With Sam Neill gives a personal family view into the Anzac legend.

Nick Galvin The Anzac story has deeply personal significance for the veteran actor.