DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
AGONY Uncles is nowhere near as bad as I’d feared. Nowhere near. And I say that with the knowledge that John Elliott’s in it. In it early and often. Right at the start of tonight’s episode he promotes the idea of flirting with the mother as the way to winning over the daughter. It disturbs me in a variety of ways.
His son Tom sits there silently next to him. I can only imagine what he’s thinking.
As it happens, John Elliott isn’t the only Agony Uncle on tonight who advocates this method. Josh Lawson: ‘‘ You almost talk to the mum the way you would try and seduce the daughter, in a weird way. But take out the sexuality of it.’’
Ed Kavalee’s sitting there listening to this and wisely says nothing. Adam Zwar, who wrote and directs this, and asks the questions, and narrates it, happily has a less pervy route to a good working mother-inlaw relationship: pick up a tea towel once in a while.
I also like Waleed Aly’s way: ‘‘ Get a law degree . . . Good job . . . Doctor. Real doctor, not PHD doctor.’’ He’s funny. Some of them are. Not all though, I need to stress. But
Funny: Waleed Aly