Thank god for Packed to the Rafters. That’s the only bright spot for readers amid a pile of television and radio complaints
Not-so-fast, email SO MANY series return in America this month: House, Grey’s Anatomy, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Amazing Race and Survivor to name a few. And what do we get ‘‘fast-tracked’’ to us? Some unheard-of new show called Fringe, which incidentally will have taken 11 days to ‘‘fast-track’’ by the time it’s on here. Ah, Australian television, doing nothing to discourage illegal downloading.
Give Chuppell out
from Patricia, Viewbank WE ALL know that Tony Greig speaks with a funny accent because he comes from South Africa, but what excuse does Ian Chappell have? Chappell says Sri Lunka, Bungladesh and Pukistan. He seems to have trouble pronouncing an ‘‘a’’ as an ‘‘a’’.
Rafter best medicine
from Irene, Camperdown I AMan English migrant and, apart from Graham Kennedy, think that compared with English comedy shows, the Aussie ones fall flat. But at last you’ve hit the mark with Packed to the Rafters.
from Brian, email IT SEEMS so easy to run the sporting department of a TV channel. Just pay over the odds for the rights, put it on delay then cram it full of ads. Olympics, AFL, Supercars— all delayed. Don’t care about viewers’ reaction when they know the results hours before it’s shown. We know these broadcasts must be paid for but Seven does it too often. As a motor sports follower, I think Seven is the pits.
Lowering the tone
from Sarah, email SEVEN’S Make Me a Supermodel is a disgrace. Where do the judges get off telling a perfectly healthy young girl that she needs to ‘‘tone up’’, as well as making them pose provocatively and parade around in body paint as though to appear naked? It’s almost as bad as Brother in that it uses controversy in a poor attempt to gain ratings. Shows like this send the wrong message to young people.
from Jason, Narre Warren South MESSAGE to radio stations: Why can’t you replace all shows with some new talent and DJs when your normal presenters are on holiday. I am sick of hearing ‘‘the best of’’ or ‘‘rejig’’ and repeats of programs I’ve already heard a dozen times. Surely you can pay somebody else to host a radio show for a couple of weeks?
from Fed-Up, Malvern East SO THE children from the Footy Show have done it again. An immature, idiotic stunt aimed at Jason Dunstall. How many times are these morons going to wish for their time over again or apologise for their behaviour? Well, Garry, James and Sam, you three put together are not half the professional Dunstall is and if I were him, I wouldn’t come on your puerile and juvenile excuse for a show, either. Nine should sack the three of you.
from Geoff, Launching Place PLEASE, Channel 9, stop treating viewers like two-year-olds. The ads saying Melbourne viewers can finally see Underbelly? Please tell me a family who hasn’t seen it, including us.
from Sherylyn, Fawkner VERY Small Business: what another great show by the ABC. You really feel for the characters ‘‘Shonky’’ Don and his offsider played by Kim Gyngell. Keep up the good work guys. Love it.
from Kath, Balaclava HOW refreshing to listen to Denis Walter filling in for Ernie Sigley on 3AW. Denis has such an easylistening manner and he’s charming and witty. Denis is a ready-made replacement for Ernie.