I Shouldn’t Be Alive

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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