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

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news February 14, 2015

Portlandia shines while sketching the truth

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

news 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.

news 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.

news 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.

news October 25, 2014

Herb your enthusiasm

Why spend a fortune on herbs at the supermarket only to watch them decay in your crisper drawer? Get hooked on growing your own.

news October 18, 2014

Laugh tracks from beyond the grave

Canned laughter kills good comedy. Fittingly, for many years it came from beyond the grave.

news September 20, 2014

A time to kill those pesky garden pests

When uninvited pests come to visit, declare war with sustainable practices – and also an old-fashioned dose of hand-to-hand combat.

news September 13, 2014

The Brilliant Creatures of Australian culture

Howard Jacobson’s documentary on Australia’s propensity to send its intellectuals packing.

news August 23, 2014

Enjoy the fruits of tomato-growing labour

Join the ranks of the fearless fighting rot and rain to nurture a nightshade – the tomato.