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THERE was a time when an Oprah in­ter­view with Tom Cruise would be aired in prime time. Per­haps in a sign of how far con­fi­dence in his star has fallen, Ten is in­stead air­ing Oprah’s most re­cent in­ter­view with Cruise in the pro­gram’s nor­mal day­time slot. The in­ter­view airs over two days and shows Cruise valiantly try­ing to re­gain his fans’ con­fi­dence, dis­cussing ev­ery­thing from that mo­ment on Oprah’s couch to Brooke Shields, anti-de­pres­sion med­i­ca­tion and his ded­i­ca­tion to Scien­tol­ogy. The sec­ond half of the spe­cial cel­e­brates 25 years since the re­lease of Risky Busi­ness. IN THE lead-up to the open­ing cer­e­mony, the Games are mired in con­tro­versy. Nick Darcy’s cam­paign ended af­ter a bar brawl, Jana Rawl­in­son and Nathan Deakes are in­jured, pol­luted Bei­jing is un­der pres­sure, ter­ror­ist threats are grab­bing head­lines . . . and so the scene is set for a truly mem­o­rable Olympics. Matthew White (above) hosts Seven’s cov­er­age of the open­ing cer­e­mony from Bei­jing’s Na­tional Sta­dium, the ‘‘Bird’s Nest’’, with sup­port from Bruce McA­vaney, So­nia Kruger and Sandy Roberts. DO­MINICK Dunne’s crime and so­ci­ety ex­pose´ s, which have in­cluded the likes of O.J. Simp­son, have long been a fea­ture on the pages of Van­ity Fair mag­a­zine. The fa­mous be­spec­ta­cled writer is pro­filed in this spe­cial in which Dunne re­vis­its the hor­rific events of 1982 when his daugh­ter Do­minique was mur­dered by her boyfriend. Dunne and his fam­ily had never liked chef John Sweeney, and news of the crime filled Dunne with such rage that he hired some­one to kill the cook. LIGHT­ING up a fairly bleak twoweek pe­riod for those who don’t like sport, the grumpy old women are back to com­plain about— well— pretty much ev­ery­thing. The moan­ing be­gins with com­put­ers, with the fa­mous faces mak­ing some very valid and amus­ing points about the in­con­sis­tency of spellcheck and that an­noy­ing talk­ing pa­per­clip. The names in­clude jour­nal­ist Muriel Gray, singer Sheila Fer­gu­son and fa­mous Aussie cranky pants Ger­maine Greer (above), who talks about her in­abil­ity to con­trol her com­puter and the fact that in­com­ing spam never of­fers free Bo­tox.

Chan­nel 10, Mon­day, 1pm

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