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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7pm, National Ge­o­graphic Any pro­gram with HG Nel­son at the helm will be fun and this doesn’t dis­ap­point. With his trade­mark ocker hu­mour he brings to life a col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian in­ven­tions that have put us on the map and changed lives. He kicks off with the ute — the half-car, half-truck in­vented by Ford af­ter a farmer wrote to the chief ex­ec­u­tive in 1932 say­ing he needed some­thing that would ‘‘ take the Mrs to church on Sun­days and the pigs to mar­ket on Mon­days’’. As HG points out, ‘‘ Aus­tralians are an in­ven­tive mob’’; our bright­est sparks have come up with the Esky, in-vitro fer­til­i­sa­tion and ul­tra­sound tech­nol­ogy, the wine cask (some­times known as the Dapto brief­case) and, per­haps not so daz­zling, the Splayd. The list con­tin­ues, com­plete with archival footage and in­ter­views with some of the in­ven­tors. Younger fam­ily mem­bers may en­joy this mini-les­son in Aus­tralian his­tory too. Pity it’s a one-off.

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