Kitchen Cab­i­net

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, ABC2 This half-hour en­ter­tain­ment se­ries with ABC po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Annabel Crabb tonight fea­tures se­nior Lib­eral fig­ure Bron­wyn Bishop, once touted as a fu­ture prime min­is­ter. Crabb sits down some­where in Aus­tralia and eats and talks food, recipes and the prob­lems of the day with politi­cians from both sides of the fence in the ex­pec­ta­tion that din­ner book­ings or lun­cheon ap­point­ments can turn into an­thro­po­log­i­cal stud­ies. Bishop is cer­tainly a for­mi­da­ble sub­ject but a gra­cious host­ess, break­ing out her best sil­ver for her mush­room lasagne with a roma tomato, boc­concini and basil leaf salad. ‘‘ When you ask some­one how they learned to cook, it’s like ask­ing their life story,’’ Crabb says. Bishop spills the beans on some of the Lib­eral Party’s most fa­mous lead­er­ship tus­sles and gives her thoughts on fem­i­nism and, in­evitably, the influence of Mar­garet Thatcher. As al­ways there are un­com­fort­able mo­ments and you won­der just how many hours of takes and re­takes Crabb and her sub­jects must en­dure to get a few nuggets of broad­cast gold. Crabb grows on you as a pre­sen­ter. She’s a lit­tle gawky and charm­ingly in­gen­u­ous, the guile­less­ness sub­tly mask­ing her in­ci­sive po­lit­i­cal ac­u­men.

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