Reveal all, even undies
CHANNEL 10’S Hamish McDonald (pictured) was more concerned about being seen in his white undies than being exposed to radiation on an assignment to Chernobyl. McDonald fronts a new series, a sort of hybrid of documentary and current affairs, which takes a human angle on big picture issues. In the first of three hourlong episodes of The Truth Is...?, McDonald meets a former US war veteran, who runs a civilian sniper school in Arizona, and visits Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the locals in their homes. Before McDonald and his camera crew are allowed inside the nuclear reactor they first have to strip down to their undies and walk to another room to put on protective suits. The Ten late news host wanted the series to show the trappings and trimmings of being a journalist on assignment, so the de-robing inside Chernobyl made the final edit. McDonald says he should have chosen a better pair of jocks for the occasion but at least that was more of a concern than being exposed to radiation. ‘‘I wanted to let the audience in on the fun because it’s never just about interviewing people, there’s more to it when you are on assignment,’’ McDonald says. ‘‘You find out pretty quickly if you have been exposed to radiation but you are pretty safe going to Chernobyl. You’re probably exposed less to radiation there than you are on a flight from Sydney to Tokyo.’’ The Truth Is...? also shows the ghost town existence of villages and towns close to the nuclear reactor, and discusses the past and present with locals in Chernobyl. ‘‘We take a big picture issue and in each instance find a character or adventure that brings the audience a lot closer to understanding the issue,’’ McDonald says.
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT The Truth Is...?: Monday, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.