Sarah 101

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, Life­Style Home Sarah Richard­son is a cre­ative Cana­dian gal. Now in the mid­dle of a sec­ond sea­son of her pro­gram about tart­ing up rooms in pri­vate homes, the mild-man­nered in­te­rior de­signer ex­plains her ap­proach. ‘‘ Great de­sign comes from a win­ning for­mula,’’ she says, with a smile that wouldn’t look out of place in a poster for den­tistry. ‘‘ Mine is as ba­sic as a set of build­ing blocks. Put ‘ em to­gether, add up the blocks, and you’ve got a sen­sa­tional room.’’ Say, what? But let’s not get held up in the non se­quiturs of the ti­tle se­quence. Tonight Richard­son and her best mate, the huffy Tommy Smythe, are out to tart up the small condo owned by a woman iden­ti­fied only as Ni­cole. She bought the first home straight out of univer­sity and has now lived there for five years. ‘‘ What we’re look­ing at here is a bland, ba­sic, builder’s box,’’ says Richard­son. Smythe adds: ‘‘ This condo is a to­tal snooze­fest, it to­tally lacks vroom.’’ He says to­tally quite a lot. Then it’s over to Ri­cho to sum up the point of the pro­gram: ‘‘ Want to trans­form a stu­dent style condo into a ma­ture, French in­spired abode?,’’ she asks. ‘‘ We’re go­ing to show you how, right now.’’ I’m not sure what you are sup­posed to do if the an­swer is no, but snide re­marks aside, Richard­son and Smythe are, like, to­tally watch­able. them, the crea­tures have been ex­iled for three months of flood but are now ready to pounce on their freshly dried out prey. Even caimans fear the jaguar, which has the strong­est bite of any big cat, and won’t hes­i­tate to jump into the water af­ter them if that’s what it takes. who aim their catchy dit­ties and broad, colour­ful characters squarely at lit­tle ones. Hap­pily for such in­di­vid­u­als this is not a filmed Wig­gles con­cert. In­stead, in­tro­duced and nar­rated by former Big Brother host Gre­tel Killeen, it is a bi­og­ra­phy of the men be­hind the skivvies. It looks into their per­sonal lives and into the ori­gins and evo­lu­tion of the band. The Wig­gles are se­ri­ously clever, and the em­pire they have built is phe­nom­e­nal. De­scribed by The New York Times as the world’s No 1 preschool group, in their 20 years the Wig­gles have sold more than 23 mil­lion videos and DVDs, about seven mil­lion CDs and six mil­lion books. And that’s not count­ing the mer­chan­dise and theme parks, or the sales of about one mil­lion tick­ets to per­for­mances each year. So this can be viewed as a mar­ket­ing success story as much as a band bi­og­ra­phy. Ei­ther way you will find your­self in the com­pany of some of the nicest rich blokes you’ll meet.

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