Wicked Tuna

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8pm, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Re­lax, this is not about win­ning ways with a can of fish. In­stead we are in the wa­ters of the North At­lantic watch­ing a bunch of hardy dudes catch­ing enor­mous blue fin tuna the old-fash­ioned way (no su­per-trawlers al­lowed in US wa­ters) with rods, reels and el­bow grease. The fact the fish are at about onequar­ter of their 1950s num­bers is pre­sented merely as a level of dif­fi­culty for the fish­er­men. Ecol­ogy be damned, a man’s gotta earn a liv­ing. The blokes here go hard for 10 weeks and that’s their work­ing year. But since a sin­gle blue fin can fetch as much as $US20,000 ($19,117), it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Most of the rest of the pro­gram is the usual dra­matic re­al­ity bilge about com­pe­ti­tion with other boats. Many ob­scen­i­ties are flung at ri­vals on the high seas. The nar­ra­tor also craps on about how these men de­pend on the fish for their sur­vival. But one of the work­ers lets it slip, as he swings a mon­ster over the side of his boat, that the fish rep­re­sents his next ticket to Ja­pan. Sur­vival my arse. spec­tac­u­larly well with Will.i.am on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show re­cently; and the cast of or­di­nary Jewish folk, who are su­perb. ‘‘ There [are] two things Jewish peo­ple love,’’ says self-de­scribed good Jewish boy Joel Lever, host­ing a huge party to end the Jewish day of fast­ing known as Yom Kip­pur: ‘‘ Food and cloth­ing.’’ Mar­golyes clar­i­fies: ‘‘ Jewish life is cen­tred around fam­ily, food and fes­ti­vals,’’ she says. There you have it.

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