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Noble ambitions behind culture comedy, but we need more laughs

Noble ambitions behind culture comedy, but we need more laughs

Stan’s new series Rutherford Falls is an almost achingly thoughtful endeavour, fostering compassion and understanding.

  • by Brad Newsome

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New show melds love and technology – and it’s beyond creepy
★★★★
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New show melds love and technology – and it’s beyond creepy

Cristin Milioti stars as a woman escaping her controlling marriage to the ultimate ‘techbro’.

  • by Kylie Northover
Comedy panel shows are a TV bedrock. What’s the secret formula?

Comedy panel shows are a TV bedrock. What’s the secret formula?

Quiz ringmasters Tom Gleisner, Adam Hills and Bill Bailey explain the X-factor of making a successful panel show.

  • by Ben Pobjie
The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say

The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say

The 93-year-old Academy Awards have been resistant to change, but COVID restrictions and the direction of Steven Soderbergh mean this year’s will be different.

  • by Jake Coyle
‘She sings the Neighbours theme to me’: the ties that bind Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce

‘She sings the Neighbours theme to me’: the ties that bind Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce

Kate Winslet knew she wanted to play Mare as soon as she read Brad Ingelsby’s script. She just didn’t realise how hard it would be to let her go afterwards.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
TV ‘dinosaurs’ find new strategies in the battle for eyeballs

TV ‘dinosaurs’ find new strategies in the battle for eyeballs

Streaming services are the shiny new players in the TV-verse, but that hasn’t stopped legacy networks and pay-TV from finding ways to keep viewers on board.

  • by Debi Enker
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Never says Nevers: Tom Riley finds the positive side of mistaken identity

Never says Nevers: Tom Riley finds the positive side of mistaken identity

The versatile Tom Riley is tackling sci-fi fantasy in The Nevers − and getting over when Robert Pattinson took his limelight.

  • by Mark Kennedy
Inspired by Bourdain, Strait to the Plate puts spotlight on First Nations’ history

Inspired by Bourdain, Strait to the Plate puts spotlight on First Nations’ history

Anthony Bourdain provided the inspiration for this series on the cuisine of the Torres Strait islanders.

  • by Melinda Houston
It was supposed to be the ‘biggest show on television’. What went wrong?
★★★★
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It was supposed to be the ‘biggest show on television’. What went wrong?

Seven-part TV series Gallipoli was launched in 2015 with great fanfare, but tanked in the ratings. It’s worth another watch.

  • by Louise Rugendyke
Brick by brick, Lego Masters builds a whole new world

Brick by brick, Lego Masters builds a whole new world

Entering the Brick Pit is kind of like taking a ride through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Except there’s lots of tiny pieces of plastic, and Ryan “Brickman” McNaught doesn’t sing.

  • by Ben Pobjie
ABC’s Ghost Train Fire expose is fascinating but flawed
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ABC’s Ghost Train Fire expose is fascinating but flawed

The Exposed investigation of the 1979 tragedy is undermined by true-crime cliches and overly dramatic recreations.

  • by Craig Mathieson