Low­down

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, ABC1 Wel­come to a sec­ond se­ries of Low­down, a com­edy about the pro­fes­sional and pri­vate lives of peo­ple who work at The Sun­day Sun, a fic­tional Aus­tralian tabloid news­pa­per. The pro­gram con­stantly amuses it­self, and us, by in­sert­ing in-jokes and sur­pris­ing real-world el­e­ments coated in the mer­est patina of dis­guise. In Pretty Pollie, tonight’s de­but of this eight-episode se­ries, a racist politi­cian makes a video to be shown only in the event of her death. And that fa­mous clunker from Rock­hamp­ton’s The Morn­ing Bul­letin, where the pa­per found it­self on Me­dia Watch with a head­line about 30,000 pigs be­ing swept away in the Queens­land floods, is ref­er­enced. Of course there are peo­ple who are not fans of Me­dia Watch, and to both of you I say a re­porter from The Bully was told that 30 sows and pigs were washed away. Boom, tish. Adam Zwar ( Wil­fred, Agony Un­cles) is ter­rific as bum­bling en­ter­tain­ment re­porter and ro­man­ti­cally ham­strung bloke Alex Burchill. He des­per­ately needs a big sleazy scoop to keep his new ed­i­tor Jeremy Bris­tol (Ni­cholas Bell) sat­is­fied. Help is at hand when naked pic­tures of the pollie are shoved un­der his door. The show is nar­rated by Geoffrey Rush, an idea surely pinched from Tom Baker nar­rat­ing Lit­tle Bri­tain.

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