SU­PER­SIZ­ERS GO . . . TWEN­TIES

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★★ This week the hosts of Su­per­siz­ers eat and drink their way through the roar­ing twen­ties where it was fash­ion­able to be su­per-thin — Vic­to­ria Beck­ham would have fit­ted in nicely — so ladies were en­cour­aged to eat lax­a­tives for break­fast and frothy wine soup for din­ner. The strange mix of doco and re­al­ity TV works, though I wish one host had a les­son in ta­ble man­ners. Based on ASIO and Royal Com­mis­sion doc­u­ments, I Spry lifts the lid on the shad­owy world of Aus­tralia’s in­tel­li­gence agency dur­ing the Cold War. Our spies —un­der the lead­er­ship of Colonel Charles Spry — were charged with keep­ing an eye on not only po­ten­tial reds but the PM him­self. Some­what hi­lar­i­ously, our spies seem to be more Maxwell Smart than James Bond. There’s no doubt­ing Gabrielle An­war is hot but there comes a time in ev­ery woman’s life when she must say farewell to hot­pants and pig­tails. Un­for­tu­nately for the 40-some­thing An­war — fit though she is — Burn No­tice seems hell-bent on turn­ing her into a pre-menopausal Lara Croft. This is a fast-paced episode of the ac­tion se­ries in the style of Mi­ami Vice or Mag­num PI. Queen Lat­i­fah guest stars as a wannabe Martin Luther-King politician de­ter­mined to see NBC be­come a more raciall­y­sen­si­tive net­work. Jack (Alec Bald­win) hopes to pull the wool over her eyes by pro­mot­ing the lone African Amer­i­can writer to a top po­si­tion. The re­sults are ridicu­lous. But not quite as ridicu­lous as Jane Krakowski’s baby-smooth face. Has she gone over­board with Bo­tox?

★★ Fair fourth in­stal­ment in the se­ries. The story is set in 2018, with the now-adult John Con­nor (Chris­tian Bale) ready to re­alise his destiny as mankind’s last hope for sur­vival. Spec­ta­cle dom­i­nates com­pletely over sub­stance here. Aus­tralian Sam Wor­thing­ton does im­press as a man-ma­chine hy­brid, but the rest of the cast do not fare so well. L.P.

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