QUICK BITES

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

Bril­liant Beasts: Hog Ge­nius, 7pm, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic ‘‘ Pigs are here to stay,’’ an­nounces the de­ment­edly up- beat nar­ra­tor in this doc­u­men­tary. All right, then. I wasn’t aware there was doubt about that, but thanks for clear­ing it up. If you can stom­ach that said nar­ra­tor is wor­ried you are a sim­ple­ton, there are some in­ter­est­ing facts about porcine intelligence. Be­witched, 8.30pm, Nine This seemed such a ter­rific idea at the time ( 2005), what with Our Nic ( Ni­cole Kid­man, pic­tured) per­fect as the nose wig­gling Sa­man­tha, and with one of the all time great TV come­dies, on which it is based, to plun­der. But it’s like watch­ing a house fall to rub­ble be­fore your eyes. Dread­fully dis­ap­point­ing for the most part, as Darrin ( Will Fer­rell, also pic­tured) is let off his leash only to fall flat on his face. Kid­man, as usual, comes up like a rose through the ru­ins. XY Doc: For One Night Only, 10pm, SBS A thought­ful doc­u­men­tary deal­ing with a topic few think about: the sex­ual needs of the dis­abled. Twenty- four- year- old Asta is phys­i­cally im­paired and as a re­sult finds women in clubs like­lier to pat him on the head than give him their phone num­ber. He lost his vir­gin­ity on a trip to Spain with his par­ents, visit­ing a brothel that spe­cialises in ser­vic­ing the dis­abled. In­spired, he de­cides to re­turn and take other dis­abled blokes with him. The re­ac­tion of his fel­low trav­ellers, blind Leigh and par­tial para­plegic Shah, to the ex­pe­ri­ence ends up prompt­ing in­ter­est­ing ques­tions about the na­ture of sex and ro­mance.

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