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Television July 08, 2017
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s sharp comedy Catastrophe gets to the truth of love and marriage, in all its strain and splendour.
Gardening May 20, 2017
Reviving a garden for winter
The cold of late autumn can make it difficult to tend neglected gardens, but a fortifying nip can get you out improving the soil and installing seedlings.
Television June 10, 2017
The Return of ‘Twin Peaks’
As the latest Twin Peaks again pushes the boundaries of everyday morality, the viewer ponders its creator’s desire to illuminate the darkness in our souls.
Television April 22, 2017
Big Little Lies
From the designer clothes to the covetable houses to the A-list cast, Big Little Lies is a quality potboiler. But beyond the gloss, the series explores deeper social issues in a refreshingly nuanced way.
Television March 18, 2017
Married at First Sight
You may not learn anything from the lab-coated matchmaking experts of Married at First Sight, but the show captures the reality of today’s dating culture.
Gardening December 24, 2016
Flowers for summer
Summer may not be the most agreeable season to toil in the garden, but a little bit of labour now can bring good results down the track.
Television October 29, 2016
ABC TV’s ‘Rosehaven’
In Rosehaven, Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola have delivered a comedy comparable to Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, with the wit to reflect on life’s disappointments without eschewing laughs.
Television October 01, 2016
Australia’s best TV drama, ‘Offspring’
At the pinnacle of Australian drama, Offspring presents likeable female leads who can be enjoyed free of moral qualification.
Television June 25, 2016
ABC TV’s ‘Cleverman’
Breaking from TV's tradition of explaining Indigenous causes, the ABC’s sci-fi drama Cleverman makes no attempt to heal or instruct.
Gardening 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.
Television 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.
Television 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.