Jones suggests 'left-wing student conspiracy'
2GB Radio host Alan Jones points to Boston's student population as the likely source of the perpetrator of Boston Marathon bombings.PT2M16S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2hzfr 620 349 April 17, 2013
By now, radical left-wing university students will have taken over the Sunrise (Seven, 6am) studio issuing all manner of violent threats. It's just what they do, according to Alan Jones, who used this show during the week to vent his considerable spleen.
How much spleen can one ageing man have to vent? Jones is up there with any current television detective, having solved the Boston Marathon bombing long before US officials actually charged with doing so.
Then, like Columbo, he scratched the top of his head and decided he had ''one more thing'', linking the tragedy with Australia's admission of foreign students. The man's a genius. Even the Cash Cow looked impressed.
Controversial comments: Alan Jones appears on Sunrise on Wednesday morning.
Former radical left-wing communications student Amanda Keller continues to do what she does best on The Living Room (Ten, 7.30pm), just trying to make everyone feel loved. Hers is a world of inclusion and this time the new Aussie Hollywood darling, Rebel Wilson, gets the treatment.
The Living Room is not a show of enormous depth … think car park puddle. But Keller gives it a sense of warmth and comfort that's developing nicely. Wilson drops into the studio for a pre-recorded chat based almost exclusively on about 18 seconds of research from Wikipedia.
We learn next to nothing, as it should be. That's not true: we learn that Wilson's siblings are named Liberty, Ryot and Annachi. Her parents were obviously radical left-wing university students.
What we don't get is the off-the-wall, slightly lewd performance-level Wilson, who has become such a go-to star in American chat and awards shows. Time, and a need to choose a skimpy outfit for fellow Living Room star Chris Brown, gets in the way.
The only jolt in the early moments of Mrs Biggs (Seven, Sunday, 9.30pm) was the cracking speed with which Charmian fled from an overbearing father into the lanky arms of train robber Ronnie Biggs. Of course, Ronnie wasn't a train robber then, but he was a slightly seedy spiv with trouble written all over him.
She seemed like such a good girl, but with just a wink of Ronnie's blue eyes Charmian was shoving her boss's cash down her jumper and letting Biggs shove his hand up the same garment.
Daniel Mays gives the Great Train Robber and prison escapee sufficient charisma to make the leap believable. This is a terrific telling of one of tabloid crime's greatest yarns. Telling it through the eyes of Mrs Biggs gives it the perfect perspective. Sheridan Smith plays her smart and savvy after the initial doe-eyed innocence fades.
There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Ronnie Biggs blamed radical left-wing university students for the crime.
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