Off Their Rockers
Sunday, 7.30pm, Comedy I suppose it was naive of me to assume that Betty White, now 91 and still working, would be hosting this season of Off Their Rockers. If you don’t know, the program is like a version of Candid Camera, in which all the tricks are played on young adults by pensioner-age crackpots. In my defence, the preview discs were thoughtfully marked ‘‘ Australian Premiere’’ not ‘‘ Australian Edition’’ by those fun-loving kids at the Comedy Channel. Naturally I thought it was the new season of the original series, which began airing last month in the US. Nope, this is the Australian version, hosted by lamb-loving Aussie larrikin Sam Kekovich. The truth is, the pranks are just as good, if not better, and the prank-ees are mostly Aussies, which is a hoot. But I miss me some Betty White. Hopefully Comedy will do the right thing and get it to air here soon. tonight when the entire cast gathers on the front steps of the Gallagher family home. ‘‘ You really don’t know what happened last year?’’ asks one of the girls. By way of answer, the entire cast, including young children, flip us the bird, some with two hands. Ah, Shameless. So edgy and countercultural. Usefully, a collage of all of the upheavals, personal collisions, reprehensible sexual encounters and drug-induced stupors of the second season follows. Then there is that appalling title sequence where almost everyone has some sort of violent encounter in the family bathroom, including a little bloke who brushes his teeth in the toilet water. If you can get through this you have no excuse for being offended by what goes on later. No, it’s not all booze, drugs and sex in toilets. Tonight there is a murder and a dismemberment, and several cast members compete in a robotfighting competition. You stand warned. moment when, after 300 years, South Africa finally decided it would be a country where everyone counted. ‘‘ Good prevailed, and justice prevailed, because people insisted on it,’’ says actress Alfre Woodard. ‘‘ All colours of the rainbow moved out of each other’s way to accommodate,’’ says Bono. Beautifully shot with widescreen contemporary landscape footage, this is thoroughly inspiring television about how the cradle of humanity finally managed to treat all of its citizens as equal under the law.