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Hat­ing Ali­son Ashley Chan­nel 10, Satur­day, 6.30pm

BASED on the 1984 novel of the same name, this 2005 film adap­ta­tion is prob­a­bly a bit of an af­ter­thought. Saskia Burmeis­ter plays Erica, an ado­les­cent fu­ri­ously en­vi­ous and re­sent­ful of new school­girl Ali­son (Delta Goodrem). Rea­son­ably en­ter­tain­ing but Burmeis­ter’s char­ac­ter is so dis­lik­able it is hard to re­ally sym­pa­thise with her. Also stars Craig McLach­lan as the dorky phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher who every­one had when they went to school.

Patch Adams Chan­nel 10, Satur­day, 11.30pm

HUNTER Camp­bell Adams or ‘‘Patch’’ is a real physi­cian who dresses as a clown to bring hap­pi­ness to pa­tients in his care. Here, his in­ter­est­ing life is por­trayed in a cliched, ham-fisted man­ner in the hands of di­rec­tor Tom Shadyac, re­spon­si­ble for such tur­keys as Evan Almighty and Dragon­fly. This is un­for­tu­nate for Robin Wil­liams, who por­trays the physi­cian and comes across as ir­ri­tat­ing rather than in­ter­est­ing.

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