QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Rhodes Across In­dia, 8.30pm, LifeStyle Food

Wel­come to In­dia. English celebrity cook Gary Rhodes, pic­tured, has come here for the first time in his life ( and we should care be­cause?) to dis­cover the se­crets of the coun­try’s fa­mous cui­sine. Rhodes and his three hand- picked ap­pren­tices Bushra, Kalwant and Scott ( you get those, ob­vi­ously, from an ap­pren­tice tree) are go­ing to ex­plore In­dian cui­sine from pave­ments to palaces be­fore head­ing back to Bri­tain to cook an In­dian ban­quet in Lon­don’s West End for some very dis­cern­ing crit­ics. What could be more chal­leng­ing than that? For­tu­nately for all con­cerned, In­dia, and its food, look ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional.

Life Be­gins, 9.30pm, Seven

There’s some­thing sad about Life Be­gins , even as it ends tonight, and it’s not just that it has all been shown be­fore on the ABC, I mean ABC1. It’s also not cen­tral char­ac­ter Mag­gie’s ( Caro­line Quentin) poor old de­mented dad ( Frank Fin­lay), who as a char­ac­ter brings some­thing quite fresh to this type of English sit­com. But while it would like to be a black com­edy, like The Of­fice , it doesn’t quite have the nerve, and so mostly comes across as merely snide and de­press­ingly life­like. Tonight’s finale fea­tures an im­pre­sario who bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to Kyle Sandi­lands. He wants to make a boy band star of Phil ( Alexan­der Arm­strong) and Mag­gie’s son James ( El­liot Henderson- Boyle), even though he hasn’t heard the lad sing a note. Lots hap­pens but nowt re­ally changes, as Mag­gie and Phil still can’t work out whether they want to be to­gether af­ter three full se­ries of am­biva­lence.

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