QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Big Brother: Fri­day Night Live, 7.30pm, Ten I have a friend, an ar­tic­u­late, in­tel­li­gent and dis­crim­i­nat­ing mid­dleaged man, who says the prob­lem with Big Brother this year is not that the house­mates are self- con­scious twad­dle mer­chants of the high­est or­der ( he says this lot are the best ever), but that ev­ery­one is dis­ap­pointed not to be see­ing, um, more of the house­mates in the Un­cut ver­sion, avail­able late at night in pre­vi­ous years. My friend says that be­ing naked on na­tional television is a nec­es­sary hum­bler, a re­ducer of masks and so on, with­out which things can never be truly hon­est. True or not, Fri­day Night Live was the high­est rated Big Brother out­ing of last week, but it came in at 49 in the top 100 shows na­tion­ally. Hardly a rat­ings win­ner. Could time be run­ning out for Big Brother ? Sex, Cen­sor­ship and the Sil­ver Screen, 8.30pm, Ova­tion In one of those spooky co­in­ci­dences where the me­dia com­petes with it­self, this se­ries was re­leased here on DVD in June by VH1. So if your sub­scrip­tion to pay TV gives you the Ova­tion chan­nel, you can see it with­out fork­ing out $ 39.95 for the priv­i­lege. Nom­i­nally hosted by Raquel Welch, the se­ries ex­plores the 100- year evo­lu­tion of sex­u­al­ity and cen­sor­ship in mo­tion pic­tures. Across the six parts of the se­ries, you’ll also hear nar­ra­tion by lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing Billy Zane, Sally Field, Har­ri­son Ford, Me­lanie Grif­fith and Pa­trick Ste­wart. Also, see excerpts from film clas­sics such as The Grad­u­ate , Bon­nie and Clyde and Ba­sic In­stinct , fea­tur­ing Sharon Stone, pic­tured.

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