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

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news June 04, 2016

El Niño, La Niña and flowering annuals

With the Bureau of Meteorology declaring El Niño over, the time is ripe for gardeners to replant.

news May 21, 2016

ABC TV’s ‘Comedy Showroom’

The ABC’s sitcom incubator Comedy Showroom includes those who mistakenly believe comedy is a tool to fix the world’s problems or protect our freedoms.

news April 16, 2016

AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’

Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul offers the same luminous insights into society’s chinks as its predecessor.

news February 27, 2016

Ascribing meaning to reality TV

Reality TV shows should be left as an enjoyable way to unwind, instead they’re treated as touchstones for debates that matter.

news November 21, 2015

Aziz Ansari’s new TV series ‘Master of None’

Aziz Ansari’s smart and funny new show firmly focuses on the disappointment of commodities.

news November 07, 2015

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina adapted for ‘The Beautiful Lie’

While the brilliance of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina may be muddied in this TV adaptation, The Beautiful Lie remains a pleasure.

news October 31, 2015

Waterwise tips to beat this summer’s killer heat

With El Niño conditions on the way, gardeners wishing to defy the odds need to prioritise and get waterwise.

news October 10, 2015

TV’s new prime-time soap opera ‘Empire’

Dressed to thrill, the family saga Empire sings from the same song sheet as the fabulously over-the-top prime-time dramas of the 1980s.

news August 29, 2015

Local news satire lacks bite

As Jon Stewart bows out at the top of America’s rich “fake news” comedy roster, local attempts offer little more than glib cynicism.