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

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Television 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.

Gardening August 08, 2015

Growing raspberries, strawberries and berries

Their claim to being true berries is curiously spurious but, when homegrown, raspberries and strawberries leave other summer treats in the shade.

Television July 25, 2015

Mr Robot’s fresh take on hacking

A new drama on cyber spying thrillingly – and accurately – up-ends cliché to portray the complex power of information.

Television May 30, 2015

Into the rainbow with the Muppets

At last the Muppets acknowledge that their humour works best hand in glove with ‘adult’ themes.

Television April 25, 2015

Broad City set to become this decade’s Seinfeld

Broad City offers a welcome step back from comedy focused on self-improvement.

Gardening March 21, 2015

War of the weeds

To keep the peace in any garden, you must be unafraid to let slip the dogs – and shovels – of war.

Television March 14, 2015

Q&A’s false democracy

Tony Jones invites Q&A audiences into an illusory democracy, where “representation” belies equality.

Television February 14, 2015

Portlandia shines while sketching the truth

How Portlandia’s organic, free-ranging satire makes us laugh at our artisanal pretensions.

Gardening January 31, 2015

Singing the praises of kale and cauli, baby

When it comes to being a great green, the brassica family of cauliflower and kale does it easy.