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

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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.

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