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

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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 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.