I Shouldn’t Be Alive
Monday, 6.30pm, TLC This isn’t exactly new (2010), but it is a great episode of the long-running series about survival against the odds. Subtitled A Father’s Worst Nightmare, the program follows the usual format of interviewing survivors while a re-enactment of their horror story unfolds. What makes this one special is that it contains salutary warnings for those who love to drive in our own outback. In 1998, after camping overnight in the desert, Matthew McGough and his then five-year-old daughter Shannon get stranded after they make a wrong turn. Things go from bad to worse when the car the two are travelling in catches fire and burns out. They get out in time but are unable to salvage much in the way of supplies before the 4WD explodes. In searing heat for seven long days, McGough does all he can to protect his daughter. You know they are going to survive but it is a testament to the quality of the program that this is still a white-knuckle ride in which a dad almost loses his daughter. attest — the CD removed crackle, hiss, scratches and jumping from the music listening experience for the first time for all but the most meticulous LP owners. l could have done with a little more about how much of the music CDs also removed, which is why vinyl is making a comeback. And don’t get me started on Pacman and what those early, pub-based gaming consoles eventually led to. greens. They call it ‘‘ soul food’’ and it is one of the vital things people miss when they escape the delta. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Just check out Rick Stein, circa 1963, with Beatle hair, in waistcoat, collar and tie, and draped by a bass guitar he appears to be playing. The thing is, he was playing it.