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Television 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.
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 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.
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.
Gardening November 29, 2014
Lies, damned lies and exotics
Gardening half-truths go back at least to Joseph Banks, but his more noble legacy is our love of exotic plants.
Television November 22, 2014
TV medical dramas suffer from a reality bypass
Only an incurable fan would think today’s medical dramas have any instructive value.