The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Surf Pa­trol, 8pm, Seven Bronzed life­savers, blue sea, red and yel­low flags, sunny weather. What are the boffins at Seven up to? Have they not no­ticed that it’s win­ter? With a far broader scope than Ten’s re­cent Bondi Res­cue , this nar­ra­tion- de­pen­dent ex­pose of life­savers and their ac­tiv­i­ties will make you nos­tal­gic for sum­mer. Lost kids and surf res­cues on the Gold Coast, and a boat off Syd­ney that needs a he­li­copter res­cue. Pity about the dread­ful re­al­ity sound­track and the re­lent­less, dra­matic voiceover. Enough Rope, 9.35pm, ABC El­ton John, stuffed into a smart suit and tie like a trussed turkey, talks about the de­vel­op­ment of his mu­si­cal Billy El­liot , and about the pi­ano as an in­hibit­ing rock ’ n’ roll al­ba­tross ( you can’t run around the stage with a pi­ano). John, pic­tured, is in good form, rem­i­nisc­ing about John Len­non, get­ting sober, and dis­cussing his gay ac­tivism in Poland. Den­ton re­mains safe, pre­dictable and po­lite through­out. Brothers & Sis­ters, 9.30pm, Seven Ju­lia’s twins have come early, with a lit­tle help from that mil­i­tary mid­wife Justin Walker. Most of the clan is hang­ing around the wait­ing room at the hospi­tal. ‘‘ Tight fam­ily,’’ quips new fa­ther Tommy, ‘‘ like a vice.’’ Be­cause the twins are pre­ma­ture there are com­pli­ca­tions, and an ap­palling med­i­cal dilemma arises. Mean­while, Sen­a­tor McAl­lis­ter’s mil­i­tary hero­ism is un­der threat from a man who over­heard a crit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion on the leg­endary he­li­copter; and Joe and Sarah face the pain of sep­a­ra­tion.

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