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

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Television October 06, 2018

Guthrie, Milne and ABC programming

The current chaotic state of the ABC cannot be blamed on a single high-ranking person. And nor can its woefully mundane programming. Instead, it’s the fault of the c-word – compromise.

Television September 08, 2018

‘Younger’

There is happily nothing to learn from Younger, the latest series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It is another enjoyable series about ‘void women’ and their glamorous material desires.

Comedy July 28, 2018

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’

Hannah Gadsby’s show Nanette has been met with rave reviews. But can it deliver on what others promise for it?

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.

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