Sarah Ferguson: ‘Interviewing skills are spot on.’LETTER OF THE WEEKSarah Ferguson shines on 7.30
Good on you, Sarah Ferguson. As presenter of the ABC’s 7.30 in the absence of Leigh Sales, you are a delight to the eye and ear of a 74-year-old woman. You are doing us proud. Your interviewing skills are spot on and your manner and body language second to none. Sincere and heartfelt thanks.
Lola Wigney, Pakenham
A woman’s place is on The Block
In The Block (Nine), a female tradie was introduced with footage of her walking in slow-motion, the body-tracking shots cut between shots of gobsmacked male faces. Keith remarked to camera: ”She’s actually a very good tradie.” Who would have guessed chicks are useful outside the kitchen?
Heath McKenzie, Vermont
How refreshing was the nightly madness of Roy and HG during the coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, when we quickly tired of Torah, felt bad about ”How do you feel?” questions, and lost count of the number of times per downhill run that the skiing commentators told us, ”There’s no doubt about that”. And how – in the collection of supposedly Russian odds and ends and assorted memorabilia that must have littered the commentators’ desk to provide some local colour – did two model German World War II tanks, one of which was in Afrika Korps camouflage, appear in the forefront nightly?
Mike Montague, Burnside
Hilarious, comedic commentators Roy and HG have produced, yet again, stellar performances commentating on the Sochi Winter Olympics. Their sense of the ridiculous and irreverent trivia was tremendously funny.
Deb Hunt, Moonah, Tasmania
Not feeling the love
Love Child (Nine) was so disappointing. The best bits were the ads and the fashion. Neither the writers nor directors could have spent time in hospitals in Australia in the 1960s. Nurses talking to doctors? I don’t think so.
Jenni Reside, Bairnsdale
Caucasian: tick. Blonde: tick. Thin: tick. Topical sexuality: tick. In Janet King, the ABC has served up the same dross as the commercial channels, but basks in the kudos of producing high-quality, home-grown entertainment.
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen, Bentleigh East
I can’t believe Julian Fellowes wrote this latest series of Downton Abbey (Seven). The script is so laboriously artificial, and Lady Mary looks like she’s moved by strings.
Lesley Black, Frankston
Gordon Farrer reckons Highway Through Hell (GG, 13/2), should be more exciting. Maybe the typically low-key Canadian approach lulled him from realising the risks of the crew discovering a hazardous load in an unlabelled, damaged trailer – or how risky it is operating a crane so close to overhead power lines. The previous week, a shocked young Brandon discovered the mangled body of a driver under his trailer. Surely enough ”excitement” for most viewers?
David Desmond, Morphett Vale
What was the ABC thinking, screening only half of Tim Winton’s The Turning, without prior warning that only eight of the 17 stories were to be shown? And then for a voiceover above the credits to suggest that viewers could see the rest online takes the biscuit. What was wrong with screening the lot over two nights?
Michael Frazer, Bundoora
In the name of a trick, magician David Blaine (David Blaine: What is Magic?, Nine) ate a live small snake and then – perhaps not magically – found an identical small snake in a boy’s bag. Killing a snake by eating it alive is inhumane and should not be broadcast on television without a warning that the program depicts animal cruelty.
Diana Cousens, Mount Waverley
Welcome back, Rake
I’m so glad Rake (ABC) is back and better than ever. All the characters are endearing, interesting and believable. Dan Wyllie, you are absolutely brilliant and a joy to watch.
Chris Lemm, Box Hill South
In promoting the final episode of Sherlock, Channel Nine gave away the surprise ending. Gee, thanks.
Norman Miller, The Basin
Well done to the ABC for producing and screening Kids on Speed. What a journey and learning experience for both the participants and viewers. A must for all educators.
Marita Mellos, Reservoir
Spicks and Specks a flop
The regenerated Spicks and Specks (ABC) makes Tractor Monkeys look half smart. When the team members consistently roar with phoney laughter, it is a sure sign the show is a bummer.
Ian Hetherington, Moama
Tell me lies
Would I Lie To You? is one of the most delightful programs on television. The ABC cuts it up and uses it as a filler when it deserves a full half-hour. It’s much better than QI.
Marjorie Button, North Fitzroy
True comic-book heroes
Previewing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Galvin (GG, 13/2) seems to think that comic books equals super-heroes, In fact, there is a whole world of art and self-expression beyond that rather tired genre. I’d recommend Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die to understand the range of this unique art form.
Andrew MacDonald, Blackburn South
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