QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son and Ker­rie Mur­phy

Un­der­belly, 8.30pm, Nine ( ex­cept Melbourne) Along with Wild­side , Un­der­belly is on the edgier side of Aus­tralian television crime drama, but in many ways that’s like talk­ing about be­ing on the wrong side of the tracks on Thomas the Tank En­gine . Con­se­quently, Un­der­belly oc­ca­sion­ally strug­gles to bal­ance be­ing hard core with­out alien­at­ing a main­stream au­di­ence, and comes off as a gritty soap. Take on the Take­away, 8.30pm, LifeStyle Food Here’s an in­ter­est­ing idea for a cook­ing show: a celebrity chef goes out each week on a mis­sion to con­vince a take­away food ad­dict to junk the junk food and make their own ver­sions of typ­i­cal take­away meals. But here’s the catch: can they do it in the time it would have taken from or­der to de­liv­ery, and at the same price or less? Tonight’s celebrity chef is John Bur­ton Race, pic­tured, who is only slightly miffed that a guy in a take­away curry house in New­port thinks he can make a bet­ter curry than him. The nerve! The Crown Prince, 8.30pm, Ova­tion This lav­ish 2006 Aus­trian minis­eries, pro­duced in English, re­counts the May­er­ling in­ci­dent: the mur­der- sui­cide of Crown Prince Ru­dolf of Aus­tria and his lover, baroness Mary Vet­sera, in 1889. It puts the ro­mance in its po­lit­i­cal con­text, han­dling the nec­es­sary ex­po­si­tion deftly. In its home­land, it at­tracted al­most half the TV- watch­ing au­di­ence, but it’s more pleas­ing to dis­cover that its pro­duc­tion com­pany has also made a biopic of 1980s synth pop artist Falco. Rock Me Amadeus, in­deed.

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