QUICK BITES

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Aus­tralian Idol, 7.30pm, Ten Idol is back with a stream­lined judg­ing panel. Mark Holden is gone ( touch­down!) and lovely Mar­cia Hines, pic­tured, now the only singer on the judg­ing panel, is as­sum­ing a new per­sona more in keep­ing with one of those old toughies on The Roller Game than her pre­vi­ous sweet self. Dicko has pulled his head in, but Kyle Sandi­lands still comes out oc­ca­sion­ally with just the right sort of an­i­mus to get the pulses of view­ers racing. Oh, and there are some great voices among the con­tes­tants, too. The First Kan­ga­roos, 8.30pm, His­tory Chan­nel Not those gi­ant roo di­nosaurs dis­cov­ered lately but an­other kind of relic: the Aus­tralian pe­riod movie, re­plete with loudly tick­ing grand­fa­ther clock, whirling news­pa­per front pages and ob­ses­sive lar­rikin sports­men. The birth of pro­fes­sional rugby league is given the full Char­i­ots of Fire treat­ment, with a sound­track by William Motz­ing ( Pris­oner , Mother and Son , Brides of Christ ) and em­ploy­ment for about half of all work­ing Aus­tralian ac­tors in the year of its cre­ation, 1988. Kitchen Night­mares USA, 8.30pm, Nine I know some peo­ple think Gor­don Ram­say is a folk hero, whose pas­sion and com­mit­ment to the culi­nary arts are worth bot­tling, but I for one am sick of the sight of him, his in­fan­tile tantrums and his salty old tongue. As al­ways, where there is de­mand, the net­works will sup­ply. So, un­til we are all sick of him, you can count on a lot more fire­works in the cranky Scot’s var­i­ous kitchens.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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