Helen Razer
is a writer and broadcaster. She is The Saturday Paper’s television critic and gardening columnist.

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Television June 30, 2018

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

As a portrayal of misogyny and violence against women, The Handmaid’s Tale ticks all the boxes. As a piece of empowering feminist storytelling, it couldn’t be more misguided.

Television June 09, 2018

‘The Americans’

While The Americans masterfully resurrects memories of Cold War anxieties, it also offers an unnerving lens on US politics as they are today.

Television May 12, 2018

‘Westworld’

The second season of Westworld continues the series’ Baudrillardian illusions of reality and fakery as its robots develop a class-consciousness rare on our screens.

Television March 24, 2018

Breakfast television’s no-news news

Where once viewers tuned in fondly to breakfast television, personality-driven dross and offensive opinions now make some wish the format – and its Cash Cow – would be put out to pasture.

Television February 23, 2018

‘The Good Place’

Kristen Bell and Ted Danson’s satirical comedy The Good Place portrays a middle-managed afterlife where inauthentic goodness makes for a kind of hell.

Gardening December 23, 2017

Pets in the garden

Sharing a garden with an animal companion can bring additional joy to the life outdoors. But thought must go into pet-friendly plantings.

Television November 11, 2017

ABC TV’s ‘Screen Time’

Where once the contrary but charming banter of David and Margaret was an authoritative guide to modern cinema, the ABC has replaced it with uninsightful postmodernism and lame jokes.

Television September 29, 2017

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Larry David’s return as a cantankerous version of himself in a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm is a chance to reflect on the roots of comedy and the discontent that produces it.

Gardening September 16, 2017

Cultivating native orchids

Intent on growing native orchids, the author finds the only club that she wants to have her as a member.

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