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

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Gardening 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.

Television October 18, 2014

Laugh tracks from beyond the grave

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

Gardening 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.

Television September 13, 2014

The Brilliant Creatures of Australian culture

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

Gardening 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.

Television August 09, 2014

Food shows overcook reality

Shows like MasterChef have little to do with food, but instead reveal how we’ve become gluttons for meaning.

Gardening July 19, 2014

No-dig potatoes

When it comes to producing flavoursome spuds, you can’t beat homegrown. The question is, do you dig it?

Television July 05, 2014


Politics is fertile territory for the small screen, but it has always been the sharp comedies that reveal the truth of the dark arts.

Gardening June 28, 2014

Coming up roses

Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.