DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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THIS is the show of the week. Prob­a­bly SBS’s show of the year. Cer­tainly in scope I’m find­ing it hard to think of an­other se­ries quite like Go Back To Where You Came From.

We’ve all said this to each other, and it’s true — get­ting the right peo­ple is cru­cial to a show’s liv­ing or dy­ing, and the peo­ple here could not be more right. This is the kind of re­al­ity se­ries I’d like to see more of. Six peo­ple vol­un­teered to do this— are you across what it’s about? They’re taken away for 25 days to live as closely as pos­si­ble the life of a refugee.

They’re not told where they’re go­ing to be sent, their phone’s taken off them so they can’t con­tact their fam­ily, their wal­let . . . lots of stuff.

I al­most don’t want to tell you too much be­cause there’s plea­sure here, if plea­sure’s the word — value, maybe — in go­ing along and find­ing out what’s about to hap­pen to them as they do. It’s pretty con­fronting. But then so are some of their at­ti­tudes.

OK, so these are the peo­ple: Raye, 63, re­tired so­cial worker from ru­ral South Aus­tralia. I hear the words so­cial worker, I think lovely warm car­ing per­son. And Raye does in fact seem very nice, right up un­til she starts talk­ing about the de­ten­tion

Jor­dan: Glenys, Adam and Dar­ren cen­tre down the road from her house. ‘‘ I could’ve gone over with a gun and shot the lot of them,’’ she says. Adam, 26, a life­guard from Cronulla: ‘‘ We’re spend­ing mil­lions of dol­lars on hous­ing these crim­i­nals.’’

Raquel, 21, from Syd­ney’s west: ‘‘ I guess I am a bit racist. I just don’t like Africans . . .’’ Dar­ren, a 42-year-old from Ade­laide, who says any­one who ar­rives with­out doc­u­men­ta­tion on a boat must be ex­pa­tri­ated im­me­di­ately. On the other hand there’s Gleny, 39, from New­cas­tle, who thinks per­haps there is room for more refugees. And Rod­er­ick, 29, from Bris­bane, whose big­gest concern is com­ing across as a gi­ant leftie. But who wouldn’t in this crowd. Un­miss­able tele­vi­sion. Go Back To Where You Came From, SBS One, 8.30pm

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