Bondi Res­cue

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 6.30pm, Ten Ef­fort­lessly, Bondi Res­cue glides into an eighth sea­son tonight. As the surf lifesaving crew down on our most no­table beach say, 98 per cent of the peo­ple who come to Bondi beach are awe­some and 2 per cent are rat­bags who want to ruin it for ev­ery­one. Tonight a young child named Jen­nifer has gone miss­ing. Her mother is dis­traught, and calls ‘‘ Jen­nifer’’ over and over at the peak of her lung ca­pac­ity. I’m not go­ing to tell you Jen­nifer’s fate, but I can tell you that you are un­likely to want to hear the name shouted again any­time soon. Apart from the odd dra­matic res­cue in the water, 98 per cent of the pro­gram’s time seems to be taken up with the 2 per cent rat­bags. I guess there is no drama to be had from the harm­less frol­ick­ing of the awe­some ones. The random pan­ning across crowds of up to 20,000 peo­ple at a time seems voyeuris­tic enough.

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