Each week our Your Say page lets you share your opin­ion on what you love, loathe and want changed on TV. With less than a month un­til the start of rat­ings, we of­fer our wish list for 2009. Dar­ren Devlyn, Colin Vick­ery, Erin McWhirter, Erica Thomp­son and R

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HIS­TOR­I­CAL AUS­TRALIAN MINI-SE­RIES THE com­ing re­peat of Roots on pay-TV is a re­minder to every­one of what tele­vi­sion can achieve when it aims high. The mini-se­ries is more than 30 years old, yet it puts to shame most of the pro­grams on TV to­day. The ex­cel­lent rat­ings for The Prime Min­is­ter is Miss­ing and Men­zies and Churchill at War show Aus­tralians are very in­ter­ested in our his­tory. Re­mem­ber The Shi­ralee, An­zacs, Body­line, The Dis­missal? There are many fine Aussie sto­ries yet to be told: are any of the net­works up for it? 2PAR­ENTS

STOP FILM­ING KIDS HAV­ING AC­CI­DENTS WE KNOW there’s a whop­ping $250,000 up for grabs on Aus­tralia’s Fun­ni­est Home Videos, but that’s no ex­cuse for any­one to film their chil­dren when they know the kids are go­ing to hurt them­selves. If they’re on a slide, a swing, a skate­board, a bike or a slip­pery sur­face, do every­one a favour— turn the cam­era off and make sure they’re safe. 3A

NEW SE­RIES FROM CHRIS LIL­LEY IN 2005 he wowed us with We Can Be He­roes and he did it again in 2007 with Sum­mer Heights High. We hope Lil­ley, one of Aus­tralia’s best ever comic tal­ents, gets his mojo work­ing for a new se­ries this year. How can he top those two pre­vi­ous hits? We don’t know but we hope he’ll try. 4AXE

TOP GEAR AUS­TRALIA WE’VE heard SBS is con­trac­tu­ally obliged to make a sec­ond se­ries to keep the rights of the UK orig­i­nal, but please, we’re beg­ging, don’t do it. Think how many great shows you could make with the nearly $1 mil­lion an episode. Char­lie Cox has bailed as one of the hosts— he knows it’s a lemon. 5SIGRID

THORN­TON GETS A GREAT ACT­ING GIG RE­BECCA Gib­ney did it with Packed to the Rafters— showed every­one why she’s still one of the coun­try’s best and most pop­u­lar ac­tors. We’d like to see Sig­gie back on a qual­ity drama as well. It’s been eight years since SeaChange ended and three since Lit­tle Oberon. She’s re­cently filmed the one-hour TV drama Dream Life. Could this be the one that gets her back on top? 6BAN

CLICHES IN PRO­GRAM PRO­MOS MEMO to the peo­ple who make the pro­mos

7NO for CSI, All Saints, NCIS, Law & Or­der: SVU,

MORE House and Crim­i­nal Minds— all TV shows have gen­uine stand­out episodes, but they don’t COPY­CAT SHOWS hap­pen ev­ery week. We do not want to hear ‘‘the most shock­ing episode ever’’, ‘‘mustIT HAP­PENED with Back­yard Blitz and watch TV’’ or ‘‘an episode you can’t af­ford to Ground­force, now it’s hap­pen­ing with Find miss’’ ever again. And while we’re at it, ‘‘fastMy Fam­ily and Miss­ing Pieces. Copy­ing tracked from the US’’ has to go too. Tod­dlers some­one else’s idea or re-packaging your own can down­load shows from the in­ter­net faster idea ‘‘with a twist’’ to cash in on a trend is not than it takes net­works to air most pro­grams. only unimag­i­na­tive, it’s in­sult­ing to view­ers. 8START

SHOWS ON TIME TELE­VI­SION is a com­pet­i­tive busi­ness but start­ing pro­grams late, run­ning pro­grams over­time, shuf­fling times­lots and play­ing episodes out of or­der drives view­ers away. Ad­ver­tis­ers may pay the bills, but if no­body’s watch­ing, it hardly mat­ters. 9CROSS

PRO­MO­TIONS ON THE RICH LIST CROSS pro­mo­tion (where one show plugs an­other show on the same net­work) is an­noy­ing and one of the worst of­fend­ers is The Rich List with lists in­clud­ing ‘‘Celebrity Guest Per­form­ers on Kath & Kim’’, ‘‘The­atri­cally Re­leased Movies with a 7 in the ti­tle’’, ‘‘Com­pet­i­tive Styles of Dance on Danc­ing with the Stars’’ and ‘‘Sports on the Sum­mer Olympic Pro­gram for Bei­jing 2008’’. Enough al­ready. 10SIMON

COW­ELL OR PAULA AB­DUL HERE MARY Mur­phy came here for the Aussie ver­sion of So You Think You Can Dance, Bruno To­lioni has flown here to be a guest judge on Danc­ing with the Stars and every­one from Cyndi Lau­per to Jer­maine Jack­son has judged on Aus­tralian Idol. Now bring out the big guns— Amer­i­can Idol’s Paula Ab­dul or Si­mon Cow­ell— for Aus­tralian Idol. 11THANK

GOD SHANE BOURNE’S HERE SHANE Bourne is a great host of Thank God You’re Here, but he also hap­pens to be one of the fun­ni­est men on TV, so wouldn’t it be great to see him un­der the com­edy spot­light and made to walk through the blue door for at least one episode of TGYH now that it’s on Seven. 12SOMEONE

TO TELL US WHAT LOST IS ABOUT IT’S been on air for more than four years and clocked up nearly 100 episodes and we still don’t know what Lost is about. The pro­duc­ers say the fifth se­ries, to air this year, will be the last so hope­fully the writ­ers will fi­nally give fans some an­swers. 13A

BAL­ANCED TELE­VI­SION DIET VIEW­ERS are be­ing turned into a bunch of yo-yo di­eters. Net­works ei­ther give us too much of a show (Two and a Half Men, 20 to 1, Gor­don Ram­say) or, when shows are yanked mid-sea­son, too lit­tle (Fringe). Both strate­gies dam­age long-term viewer health. 14MAKE

VOT­ING MORE TRANS­PAR­ENT ONE news­pa­per sug­gested Chan­nel 10 raked in more than $500,000 an hour from SMS vot­ing dur­ing the Aus­tralian Idol fi­nal. Yet view­ers are never told ex­actly how many votes a con­tes­tant gets. And when vot­ing-line er­rors oc­cur or day­light sav­ing starts, we’re just sup­posed to ac­cept the of­fi­cial line that it doesn’t af­fect the out­come. Not good enough. 15NETWORKS

GIV­ING US TOP AUSSIE DRA­MAS PRO­GRAM gen­res go in cy­cles, but hope­fully 2008 was just the start of an Aussie drama resur­gence. Un­der­belly, Packed to the Rafters and Rush were proof that in­vest­ing in good sto­ry­telling will re­turn healthy div­i­dends.

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