The Un­be­liev­able Truth

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, Seven Clever, clever, clever those Chaser guys. Not only are they con­tro­ver­sially Hamp­ster­ing along on the ABC but some of them have put to­gether this smart panel show. It’s a se­ries with comic mono­logues, niftily hosted by Craig Reu­cas­sel, while An­drew Hansen and Ju­lian Morrow reg­u­larly fea­ture as guests among an ar­ray of co­me­di­ans. As in most for­mat­ted se­ries these days there are echoes of oth­ers, in­clud­ing the BBC’s Would I Lie to You, which the ABC also shows locally, but this one has just the right mea­sure of Chaser un­pre­dictabil­ity and comic loose­ness. It’s based on the long-run­ning British BBC4 ra­dio se­ries of the same name, in­vented by for­mer Good­ies star Graeme Gar­den and Jon Nai­smith. Four funny peo­ple de­liver a lec­ture on a sub­ject that is mostly com­i­cally fab­ri­cated lies, ex­cept for five pieces of un­likely true in­for­ma­tion that have to be smug­gled past the rest of the panel. The lec­turer hopes no one will notice what they have said is the un­be­liev­able truth. It’s ami­able and en­ter­tain­ing, though given the mer­cu­rial na­ture of co­me­di­ans the show some­times segues into ro­bust adult ter­ri­tory. This week’s guests are Hansen once more, Mer­rick Watts, Sarah Ken­dall and the re­doubtable Gar­den him­self.

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