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The lat­est tele­vi­sion news from Kylie Miller and Dar­ren Devlyn

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COULD Ten’s new se­ries Guer­rilla Gardeners be the first ma­jor ca­su­alty of the new rat­ings sea­son? Ten says not and for now, at least, is stand­ing by the se­ries, which drew a dis­mal 687,000 view­ers na­tion­ally when it was launched at 8pm last Wed­nes­day. The launch wasn’t helped by the slump in rat­ings for The Big­gest Loser, which at­tracted 848,000 view­ers be­tween 7pm and 8pm. Ten hopes word of mouth and the pub­lic­ity gen­er­ated last week by the out­raged re­sponse of a Syd­ney coun­cil when the guer­rilla gardeners set to work in Suther­land Shire will help bol­ster its au­di­ence. The se­ries fol­lows a team of gardeners around the coun­try as they make over— without the per­mis­sion of own­ers or lo­cal coun­cils— pub­lic eye­sores. The net­work has com­mis­sioned 24 episodes of the se­ries, most of which are com­plete.

O’Brien’s law caught

HE IS carv­ing up Aus­tralian TV screens as Syd­ney crime boss Ge­orge Free­man in Un­der­belly, but Peter O’Brien (left) steps to the other side of the law as an eman­cip­ist lawyer in the ABC’s his­tor­i­cal docu­d­rama Rogue Na­tion. The two-part se­ries is set in Aus­tralia’s early years and looks at the rogues and ras­cals who helped es­tab­lish the na­tion. Ge­off Mor­rell and John Wood co-star in the two-parter, which pre­mieres on March 15. O’Brien’s episode screens on March 22.

Guer­ril­las in the missed

Pen­guins on pa­rade

THE tiny stars of Phillip Is­land will fea­ture in an in­ter­na­tional nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries. Film­ing has be­gun on Pen­guin Is­land, a six-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries cen­tred on Vic­to­ria’s fa­mous colony of small pen­guins. ABC Tele­vi­sion says the se­ries will com­bine the strengths of drama and doc­u­men­tary as view­ers fol­low the lives of three pen­guin cou­ples, and the rangers and re­searchers who work with them. Though pen­guins are said to mate for life, re­la­tion­ships can be fraught, af­fairs are com­mon and dan­ger lurks around ev­ery cor­ner. Cam­era crews will be on the is­land for sev­eral months cap­tur­ing the action for the se­ries, which will also screen in France and on BBC1. Sally In­gle­ton is pro­duc­ing. DE­SPITE the con­tro­versy and crit­i­cism gen­er­ated by the first se­ries of Aussie Ladette to Lady and a dra­matic drop in rat­ings last week, Chan­nel 9 is go­ing ahead with a sec­ond sea­son and is looking for new ladettes. The cast­ing call seeks party an­i­mals and do­mes­tic dis­as­ters who be­lieve they can outdo the ladettes in se­ries one with their foul mouths and drink­ing habits. Film­ing be­gins on the new se­ries in early April. Visit

Top US chef on a mis­sion

NEW York chef and food au­thor An­thony Bour­dain (left) trav­elled through Vic­to­ria last month sam­pling lo­cal foods and film­ing a Vic­to­rian episode for his travel food se­ries No Reser­va­tions. Now in its fifth sea­son, the se­ries screens on the Travel Chan­nel in the US and cen­tres on Bour­dain’s be­lief that what peo­ple eat re­veals much about their cul­ture.

Hunt for more ladettes

www.ninemsn.com.au/ladette for de­tails. Ladette shed a whop­ping 500,000 view­ers in 24 hours last week to 841,000 view­ers when it was shifted from Mon­day night to Tues­day night, hav­ing lost its Un­der­belly lead-in. THE dou­ble-length RocKwiz episode filmed two weeks ago at the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl will screen on SBS on March 7. RocKwiz Salutes the Bowl pays trib­ute to the bowl’s 50-year his­tory and in­cludes 13 per­for­mances by artists such as Paul Kelly (left), Dave Faulkner, Lisa Miller and the Dell­tones.

Nun’s tragic story

Kwiz’s su­per Bowl

MEL­BOURNE film­mak­ers Sally In­gle­ton and Mark Gould flew to In­dia this week to host a spe­cial screen­ing of their SBS doc­u­men­tary Mur­der in the Snow for the Ti­betan gov­ern­ment-in-ex­ile and for the young Ti­betan stu­dents who ap­pear in the film. The film tells the story of the mur­der by Chi­nese bor­der guards of a 17-year-old Ti­betan nun as she tried to cross the bor­der to visit the Dalai Lama, and the climbers who wit­nessed the shoot­ing. The film­mak­ers have set up the Kelso Namtso Fund, named af­ter the mur­dered nun, to raise money for the ed­u­ca­tion of the Ti­betan stu­dents. Sup­port groups around the world have been hold­ing fundrais­ing screen­ings. Visit www.ti­bet­mur­derin th­es­now.com for de­tails.

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