NEALA JOHNSON OUT OF THE BOX
TRACTOR MONKEYS, ABC1, 8.30pm
MERRICK Watts digs through the ABC archives to find old TV news pieces for this stilted and flat quiz show. If not for the input of team leader Dave O’Neil, the entire affair would be a bust. As it is, there’s some retro reminiscing about pinball parlours, slinkies, Hills Hoists and Australia’s first computer hair design system. And we see old-school TV newsmen reporting from interesting vantage points— not exactly up to today’s OH&S standards. Opposing team leader Monty Dimond displays plenty of ignorance. Rob Carlton and Fiona O’Loughlin don’t get the chance to do much at all.