Dancing with the Stars cops a blast for continuing its innuendo, but Seven is also complimented for creating a blood-free zone
Pat for Rafters
from Trish, Mordialloc AT LAST, something worthwhile to view. No police, no hospitals, no blood and gore. Congratulations to Channel 7 for daring to show something different in Find My Family and Packed to the Rafters.
Bull at a gate
from Michael, email NOW I’ve heard everything. Kevin Rugg (Guide, Sep 3) claims Rex Hunt calls footy like an ‘‘artist’’. I reckon he’s an artist too, but a different type than Kevin is suggesting.
Deadly dull Homicide
from Simon, Torquay I’VE endured an hour of City Homicide and I won’t do it again. I don’t think it would be possible to put together a less convincing group masquerading as detectives. Aaron Pedersen is simply woeful. This ordinary show can be rating well only because there is absolutely nothing on the other commercial channels at the same time. Thank goodness for Foxtel.
Dancing with innuendo
from K. Dam, email IT SEEMS Dancing with the Stars never learns from its mistakes. The judges still play favourites— one dancer is the ‘‘pet’’ and another the ‘‘whipping boy’’— despite the quality of performance. Also, why do they insist on blaming the celebrities for poor choreography, which is surely not their responsibility? Sonia’s remarks are still full of innuendo, and the costumes worn by the dancers are embarrassingly skimpy. Daniel MacPherson is an asset and the courage of the novice dancers is to be applauded.
Russian into print
from Mad Russian, Bentleigh East WHY is it that our sports commentators are unable to pronounce Russian names? Everybody can say ‘‘Maria Sharapova’’ all right. There are many Russian girls with names ending in ‘‘ova’’. They all rhyme with ‘‘Sharapova’’, but our blokes insist on pronouncing these as ‘‘Kusnetzo-va’’ or ‘‘Petro-va’’. So get it right for the Australian Open next year, please.
from Dressage Queen, Williamstown AS A dressage rider, I can assure Peter, of Moonee Ponds (Guide, Sep 3) that dressage is a challenging sport that requires stamina and strength, both mental and physical, and the guts to get on an unpredictable animal that at any time can throw you off and trample you. Not only do these riders put their lives on the line, they also manage to perform perfect tests and win medals. Open your mind.
Odd state of affairs
from Roman, Mt Martha DODGY builders, supermarket prices and skinny models do not really fall under the category of current affairs, but we continue to be served up such tripe on both Today Tonight and A Current Affair every weeknight. World affairs and politics rarely earn a mention. Networks don’t seem to care about the content of stories, just the viewer numbers.
Let’s see ABBA
from L. Rogers, Windsor THOUGH Australia’s enduring love affair with those super Swedes ABBA continues to break all sorts of records, Nine still refuses to show the only TV special ABBA did in Australia, despite repeated requests. Back in 1976, Nine and the Reg Grundy organisation brought the fresh-faced pop group to Australia to record The Best of ABBA in Sydney. The special broke all sorts of viewing records, was repeated an astonishing five times that year by public demand and was instrumental in igniting ABBAmania. Come on Nine— are you so out of touch with your viewing audience that you can’t figure this out for yourself?
Nearly wiped out
from Bill, Bacchus Marsh WHAT’S frustration? It’s having to watch Wipeout or Hole in the Wall before you can get to the remote to turn it off.