The Beijing Paralympics are a hit, it’s time to give Gordon Ramsay a miss and Dancing with the Stars rehearsals are out of step
It’s Games on from Harry, email WATCHING those fabulous athletes at the Beijing Paralympics brings out all kinds of emotions. One minute I’m reaching for the tissues, the next I’m laughing at Peter Walsh’s comments at the wheelchair basketball. Comments such as ‘‘He has more skills than a Sydney taxi driver’’ make it not only a spectacular Games, but great entertainment. Rush to a cop-out from Phil, Colac IMAYbe a bit over-critical being an ex-copper, but I must agree with Kit Galer in his review of Rush (Sept 9), regarding the mundane tasks assigned to a supposedly ‘‘elite’’ Tactical Response Group. The first episode had them attending a domestic dispute followed by a motor-vehicle accident, which included a questionable beating of the offending driver by a sergeant— really worth putting your job on the line for. If the show is to maintain any credibility, one would hope the writers will in future assign the Tactical Response Group members tasks worthy of their status. Dancing in the dark from D.P., Moonee Ponds Dancing with the Stars has become a drag— running well over time because of boring and unnecessary footage of the couples’ rehearsals. The music is hardly dance music and the compere’s voice is often drowned by the band. The dress code, too, seems to have taken a dive. Channel 7 will find viewers switching to other programs if this series does not reach the standard of the previous ones. Beauty and the beast from Chris, Bacchus Marsh HATS off to Princess Mary as the patron of an organisation against bullying. In Australia and Denmark, her abilities as a speaker and mother stand out like a beacon. But Gordon Ramsay uses his ability to cook as an excuse to put down his workers and customers with offensive language. His brilliant ‘‘wit’’ will lose its shine when his beautiful children start to treat others the same way at school. Foul language that wounds is no role model for a father, an employer or a mate. It’s not funny to men or sexy to women. If you have a remote, I urge you to switch channels. If you’re an advertiser, close your chequebook and find a program to sponsor with our values of mateship and a fair go. Judges marked down from Gary, Beaumaris LOVE him or hate him, the axing of Mark Holden from Australian Idol has left the judging stocks very thin. Marcia Hines’ shorthand comments coupled with Kyle Sandilands’ pretence to know anything about music leaves only Dicko who knows what he’s talking about. Judges are an integral part of these types of reality shows, but the make-up of the current panel has turned me right off Idol. Play it again from Kirsten, Bayswater I AGREE with L. Rogers (Guide, Sept 10) about replaying the Best of ABBA special from 1976. Please, do us all favour! Packed with punch from Happy, email THANKS Channel 7 for Packed to the Rafters, which is excellent, and the brilliant City Homicide. Keep up the good work. Channel 10 has also excelled with Rush, which had me on the edge of my seat during a chase scene. I’ve also watched The Strip but found it boring. Pop-up vandalism from Simon, Hampton Park POP-UP ads on television are simply proof that advertisers are incapable of making a commercial that anyone is happy to watch, so they force-feed you instead by vandalising the show you’re watching. My wife and I automatically look at the top of the screen when they come on and ignore them completely. Try harder. Four-letter-free zone from Allan, Drouin I CAN’T believe it. Four, yes four Australian TV dramas, and not one F word to be heard. To think I was on the verge of performing the last rites over my TV and burying it.