Go team: Host Josh Earl (centre), with team captains Adam Richard and Ella Hooper.

Go team: Host Josh Earl (centre), with team captains Adam Richard and Ella Hooper.


Spicks and Specks' new national nice guy

I don't think there could be a more suitable replacement for Adam Hills in the new reincarnation of Spicks and Specks than Josh Earl. He's Australia's new nice guy. Adam and Ella are also brilliant.

William McInnes checks on a drunk parrot in <i>Hello Birdy</i>.

William McInnes checks on a drunk parrot in Hello Birdy.

Joshua Gray, Bundoora


Birdman may ruffle feathers

What priceless television was ABC's Hello Birdy - William McInnes working at his very best. I had the best laugh watching him in his irreverent and witty way, attempting to ''collect'' from a male emu. It was a brilliant effort, which would leave Sir David Attenborough both jealous and quaking in his boots.

Jo Ault-Connell, Seaford


Bizarre fire coverage

In covering the fires on February 9, ABC News 24's geography, pronunciation of place names, points of the compass and wind direction were bizarre, telling us that the Moe and Cann River fires were related and that the ''north-west wind change'' (it was south-west) could ''sweep the fires into South Gippsland''. People in rural areas know to dial 000 or go to the CFA website. God help those who relied on ABC's News 24 information.

Connie Mackenzie, Mirboo North


Misleading visuals

Being a resident in the Macedon Ranges, I used the excellent CFA website for my bushfire information on February 9. I also tuned into ABC 24 for updates. I was appalled this broadcaster continued to show repeat footage of fires and interviews with people inconvenienced by the road blocks throughout the afternoon. Their insistence on repeating video that was hours old without clearly stating that was the case is unconscionable. Such reports are misleading, if not dangerous.

Peter McGill, Lancefield


Strong women

It was great to see Jessica Rowe and Ita Buttrose on Ten's Studio 10 show intelligence and a mature robust debate when challenged by a difficult interview. The new human rights commissioner's controversial remarks were challenged by Ita's smart, witty riposte and Jessica's stern, yet very quick assessment of his new role. His immature laughing response was a win for both women.

Melina Smith, Melbourne


Spicks and Specks shines

So great to have Spicks and Specks back, with all our favourite games and a fun new one. Well done, all. Hopefully Josh Earl will soon relax into the role, and moderate the pitch and volume of his delivery.

Dianne Anderson, Bundoora


Saving grace

The weather may be unbearable and the economy unpredictable but at least Clarke and Dawe are back (ABC1, Thursdays, 6.55pm).

Ruth Boschen, Balwyn


B-grade whodunit

Broken Shore would have done credit to a 1940s B-grade detective story - an incomprehensible plot, weird characters, policeman who should have been on sick leave stumbling all over the evidence and breaking into buildings, paedophiles everywhere, derelict buildings which just happened to still have power, red-hot pokers, and a romance that would freeze water.

Dennis Whelan, Balwyn


Eerie interaction

I think my TV can hear me. I watched a promo for Kids on Speed on ABC1 and a disembodied voice said it was a program ''every parent can't afford to miss''. I shouted at it, bemoaning the state of the English language. Next day, the same voice assured me it was something, ''no parent can afford to miss''. Since then, I've been sitting here in the dark. What if the TV can see me, too?

Mary Lyon, Camperdown


Sherlock shocker

Lovers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work will be appalled at the travesty being perpetrated, yet again, in Sherlock. Steven Moffat is cynically cashing in on the creativity of a dead author. Moffat should drop the misleading reference to Doyle, choose different names for his characters, and let the series stand on its own.

Peter Warburton, Glen Iris


Time warp

The newest episode of Doctor Who had the Doctor asking if someone had been listening to a ''transistor radio''. In the 1950s, transistors were not a consumer product, as they were still in development. I also wonder at use of the word ''radio'' in lieu of ''wireless'', and am suspicious about whether the can was commonplace in the beverage scene.

Pete Williams, Metung


The good Doc

I strongly disagree with Russ Riseley, (Letters, 6/1), who found Doc Martin disappointing. It was a rip-roaring episode and I split my sides laughing.

Val James, Healesville


Leave Fry alone

I'd have Stephen Fry's wit any time (Letters, 31/1), rather than the asinine guffaws of The Gruen Transfer team.

Alex Njoo, St Kilda


Buried treasures

Did Channel Ten just buy The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with John Stewart to bury them? Could we have them back on air and preferably on ABC? For those who complain about an overdose of Stephen Fry and Kevin McCloud, what a fine supplement Colbert and Stewart would provide.

Brian Fitzgerald, Mitcham


Headed to wrong planet

Regarding Craig Mathieson's preview of 2001: A Space Odyssey, (GG, 6/2), Discovery was being piloted by HAL to Jupiter, not Mars.

Andrew Rennie, Glen Waverley


Too many politicos

Q & A is losing its punch. The panel should be from a wider variety of informative leaders from all sections of our community. Limit the use of politicians, as they always have their own agenda.

Joe and Judy Robb, Glen Waverley


No leftist bias evident

Sarah Ferguson's interview with Bill Shorten on Monday night's 7.30 should have been enough to convince Tony Abbott there is no leftist bias on the ABC. Every time Bill Shorten tried to respond to a question she interrupted him.

Peter Kealey, Richmond


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