Not Going To Raise The Roof (#HouseRules)
May08

Not Going To Raise The Roof (#HouseRules)

The way Channel 7 are selling it you’d think it was the second coming; the rapture of reality renovation television. House Rules (the much promoted spin-off to the very successful My Kitchen Rules franchise) will indeed deliver all the elements of a good reality show (drama, conflict, success), it just doesn’t do any of them overly well. Six teams of two (one team from each of the states) are set to compete in a...

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“At least no one died.” (#GoBackSBS S02E03)
Aug31

“At least no one died.” (#GoBackSBS S02E03)

Has the journey changed the opinions of the six participants? Has it been more than just an opportunity for Reith & Deveny to lock horns? What’s the outcome of this up-close asylum seeker process and how will it help the conversation? Those questions will be best answered in tonight’s Insight special on SBS – this is the final part of the journey. All six paricipants arrive in Indonesia, the start of the final...

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“I just felt so inadequate.” (#GoBackSBS S02E02)
Aug30

“I just felt so inadequate.” (#GoBackSBS S02E02)

Another incredible season two episode of Go Back To Where You Came From highlights the greater gap between what some privileged and comfortable people of the west take for granted and the stark reality of life as a refugee. There’s riots all over Kabul (some may say it’s because of the arrival of the three westerners!) because some of the American troops have burned copies of the Koran, and understandably Reith is...

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“With a lot of people going through the system, mistakes are made.” (#GoBackSBS S02E01)
Aug29

“With a lot of people going through the system, mistakes are made.” (#GoBackSBS S02E01)

The concern that the addition of “Celebrities” to the Go Back To Where You Came From experience would turn it into a sanitised soap box for the prominent Australians involved could not have been further from the truth. The soap box is still there – it’s more that the issues facing the participants are more compelling that a specific opinion. Having S01 host/guide Dr David Corlett run the participants through...

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Congratulations Shane and Andrew – winners of The Amazing Race Australia 2012
Aug16

Congratulations Shane and Andrew – winners of The Amazing Race Australia 2012

Congratulations to Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday (“the Cops”) who last night made it across the line first on Fraser Island in Queensland to be crowned winners of The Amazing Race Australia season two. The team beat out the “Alphas” of Paul & Steve and the twins Michelle & Jo to win $250,000 to share between them. This second series of The Amazing Race Australia has struggled to find as solid an...

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What have we learned from #BeingLaraBingle?
Aug08

What have we learned from #BeingLaraBingle?

Honestly, not much. Actually, maybe what we really learned are life lessons, and Lara’s role was to help us to recognise them: Always get changed with the blinds closed in your Bondi penthouse apartment. Involving your brother in your reality show is never going to end well. Always – ALWAYS – open your bills, especially the ones from the RTA. Make friends with call centre workers. You never know when you’ll...

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