Friday, July 29, 2005

Staying in tonight

Do not call tonight. Do not drop by. No, I am not going out. It is my favourite tv night. I will watch Peter Cundall's Gardening Australia at 6.30. War veteran, ex-communist, environmentalists, outspoken, down to earth and brave against ABC management. 'And that's your bloomin' lot for the week', and so ends his program each week.

I will half watch the news. I have heard it all day on the radio.

I will watch Stateline to hear about what rapacious developer is about to flatten Queenscliff or argue that Arthur's Seat needs a four lane highway to make it viable.

Dancing with the Stars is a boring, drawn out, amateurish attempt to attract viewers to see celebrities make fools of themselves. Strictly Dancing is fast, slick and and with fantastic dancers. One of the fastest 25 minutes on tv.

It is the night for the last appearance of Amanda Burton as Sam Ryan in Silent Witness. If ever a woman could turn me straight, it would be someone like her. It promises to be an extraordinarily good episode and although the show will continue without her, I doubt I will bother so much with it.

Then Spooks, arguably one of the most tense shows you will see on tv. If up to it's usual standard, it will require full concentration and you may feel a little drained afterwards.

Then maybe I will watch Maxine McKew host Lateline. Maybe. Watching pollies lie, scheme and evade can be a bit of a downer. Oh god, I hope Dolly Downer is not on again.

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