Homeland's Damien Lewis impressed one viewer with his performance in The Forsyte Saga.
Carbon copies aren't smart
TO THINK, Kim Dalton, I blamed Mark Scott for dragging the ABC down to its lowest level ever! Now, I see, you had a plan. To see how many repeats of repeats you could use in one day? To appeal to the lowest IQs in the country? To aid Scott in the expansion of his kingdom? Will your main game be to push for ratings? Will you ignore the clamouring of intelligent viewers?
Jean Menere, Albury
Sonia Kruger, host of Channel Nine reality series Big Brother.
It's critically unbalanced
I FEEL sure that Russell Hick of Donvale (GG Letters, 20/12/12) would be concerned also of the imbalance shown by 7.30 in its relentless pursuit of the Prime Minister regarding the AWU and her involvement 20 years ago. I think it all depends on which side of the political fence you sit, Russell, regarding bias. Personally, I believe 7.30 is run by a bunch of Tories!
John Cain, McCrae
Bias, for rant's sake
OH, COME now, Russell Hick, isn't it a bit naive to complain about politicians ''ranting'' for five minutes and not answering questions? It's what pollies of all persuasions do, sir, and have done long before the invention of TV broadcasting,
and if there is perception by a viewer of soft treatment or lack of balance on the part of the interviewer it surely depends on the political party of the interviewee and the leanings of the viewer. Read Green Guide letters, Russell: you will see complaints from all sides of politics.
Mike Montague, Burnside
One view of suffering
AT THIS time of year, regular viewers of the US daytime talk show The View suffer in silence while the cricket takes over throughout summer. What I don't understand is why Channel Nine can't show these new episodes on one of its digital channels, like it does with Ellen and Extra? Otherwise they just disappear into the ether while our channels are crammed with repeats and sport, and more sport. I suffer withdrawal symptoms when I don't get my daily dose of Whoopi, Barbara and Joy. Also, thanks, ABC2 and SBS, for some great new art and pop-culture docos. They're sometimes well hidden but well worth watching.
Robert Rechter, Melbourne
Attuned to indigenous TV
THANKS for the articles on NITV. There are good programs on it and some not so good. Also, please bring back the Marngrook Footy Show.
Chris Moss, Ashburton
Homeland surprise coming
RE: MICHELLE Griffin's review of Homeland (GG, 20/12/12) - Michelle, maybe you should have waited until the final episode to form an opinion of season two: ''Abu Nazir's endgame makes no sense''. Well, aren't you in for a little surprise.
Joshua Jenshel, Caulfield
Forsyte Saga rules
DAMIAN Lewis is described as a ''shining light'' in Homeland (GG, 20/12/12). Lewis has been brilliant as Soames Forsyte in the repeat screening of the BBC's The Forsyte Saga. Thank you, ABC, for 13 memorable weekday afternoons, from December 3-19.
Evelyn Lawson, Karingal
Fatuous news call
THE increasingly puerile content on TV, radio and print news, like incoherent interviews with male footballers (all codes), has been expanded. We are now subjected to live coverages of funerals, complete with the mediaeval clerics' chanting. Riveting stuff, I don't think. Other ground-breaking news includes information every time Hillary Clinton has a tummy upset. Give us a break. At least we will not have to hear or read about the pathetic whining of our increasingly starved-of-ideas federal MPs for a week or two over the summer.
Adrian Jackson, Middle Park
More fatuous news
WHAT lazy news gathering! Reporting a YouTube clip as news - an eagle swooping and grabbing a child. Is this where Channel Nine journalists source the news now? I just don't believe it.
Janet Mahoney, Mount Waverley
Dad's Army marches on
I AGREE with Helen Robinson of Kew (GG Letters, 20/12/12). We are from Britain, where Dad's Army is repeated endlessly and we never become tired of it. The subtle facial expressions and put-downs with Wilson's fey, upper-class superiority are so funny, but Mainwaring, when drunk, beats the lot. Hilarious.
Brenda Royal, Eltham Rye
The Project's timely move
THANK goodness Channel Ten has finally realised the error of its ways and returned The Project to a more reasonable timeslot. Analysis of why Ten is self-imploding has to include the manner in which it messed with the formula of an informative and light-hearted local show, with real personalities. Hopefully the idea of sending it to Sydney has also been shelved. Just because something works shouldn't lead TV execs to believing they know how to make it better.
Michael Cooper, Cairnlea
Less bias, please
COMPARE Michelle Grattan's insightful comments about proposed investigations into both the Slipper and AWU affairs (The Age, 14/12/12) to the biased point of view expressed by Ita Buttrose on Channel Nine's Today show. For the AWU affair it was ''the people believe the Prime Minister has questions to answer'', while for the Slipper affair it was ''the people want the government to get on with running the country''. More political gravitas, please, Today.
Neil Gude, Bendigo
Dancing to the wrong tune
DID Tim Elliot, in reviewing So You Think You Can Dance (GG, 6/12/12), actually watch the show? Dance is a highly skilled physical activity; would you say any other sport is only entertaining if it's carried out badly? It has a huge audience, not confined to teeny-boppers. Also, it's not a British show, and it's not about strutting, bum wiggling or crotch grabbing.
J. Watson, Coburg
What a porkie
DURING the last few weeks of the year, 3AW has been running the same banal ham ads as it has for the past few years. Every few minutes we are reminded where Santa went for his ham. The ads were stale and the ham is on the nose. My ears were on 774 until Santa headed off again.
Norma Evans, Mount Eliza
Missing Big Brother
I AM really missing Big Brother. I wish I lived in a house with so many funny, outgoing people who always have something smart to say. They should rent these people out to normal people's houses to spruce them up a bit and teach them how to say funny, smart things all the time.
Pete Wilson, Cranbourne
My time to laugh
THANK you so much, GG, for giving me a good laugh to end the year. I refer to Leslie-John Newman's letter (20/12/12) criticising me for writing and demanding an explanation as to why you print my letters. He complains about my having too much time on my hands. May I respectfully point out, Mr Newman, that it's my time.
Eddie Wilgar, Yarraville
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