QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Talk­ing Heads, 6.30pm ABC Peter Thompson meets re­nais­sance man Phillip Adams, now with a whisker- white throat to ri­val David Stratton’s, and adopts a suit­ably def­er­en­tial tone. I like him, too, so I’d bet­ter shut up be­fore ac­cu­sa­tions of pro­mot­ing sta­ble­mates fly. ( Adams is an ABC broad­caster who also writes for The Aus­tralian.) More Than Enough Rope, 9.35pm, ABC The Andrew Den­ton remixes con­tinue. Tonight Cate Blanchett’s ex­tra bits and bobs add depth to what was al­ready one of the for­mer boy won­der’s best in­ter­views. She’s so un­pre­dictable. As Den­ton says, in­ter­view­ing Blanchett, pic­tured, is ‘‘ like try­ing to catch mer­cury in a sieve’’. Also sam­ples Rene Rivkin, Don Chipp and Daniel Johns, and fea­tures a cute new cut- and- paste tech­nique where Den­ton com­ments on each in­ter­view’s hairier mo­ments. His at­tempt to im­pro­vise the­atri­cally was up­held by Blanchett but given the royal thumbs down by that Gos­ford gla­di­a­tor Rus­sell Crowe. Bos­ton Le­gal, 10.30pm, Seven. Gi­gan­tic Clarence Bell ( Gary An­thony Wil­liams), who feels so much more con­fi­dent when in full drag as his al­ter ego ( the even big­ger Clare) de­cides, hav­ing passed the bar test, to be­come an at­tor­ney. His first case is first- de­gree mur­der. If I were the ac­cused I’d be feel­ing very ner­vous in­deed. Mean­while, that lar­rikin Denny Crane ( William Shat­ner) has been ar­rested. His new busi­ness, ex­port­ing hu­man fat tis­sue for con­ver­sion into fuel, is tech­ni­cally il­le­gal. Nat­u­rally, Alan Shore ( James Spader) must de­fend him. One of the most en­ter­tain­ing shows on TV.

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