Pick of the week

Kitchen Cabi­net Wed­nes­day, 8pm, ABC

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

I won­der if, in the not too dis­tant fu­ture, when we are choos­ing our politi­cians ex­clu­sively via cook­ing tour­na­ments, danc­ing con­tests or maybe some­thing phys­i­cal like Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior, we will thank Annabel Crabb for start­ing it all with the genre-bust­ing Kitchen Cabi­net? In a way, it is point­ing out the ob­vi­ous: politi­cians are ba­si­cally TV stars, so cross­over episodes seem ob­vi­ous. Not to knock the show: it has be­come a well-honed pro­duc­tion, wherein Crabb in­ter­views lead­ing politi­cians of the day when they are mo­men­tar­ily dis­tracted by cook­ing — and usu­ally dis­armed with al­co­hol. This week fea­tures Christo­pher Pyne and An­thony Al­banese in a bi­par­ti­san lunch at a Can­berra Chi­nese restau­rant. The pair as­sem­ble var­i­ous dumplings and buns (sort of) un­der the watch­ful eye of Crabb be­fore dis­cussing the lack of col­le­gial­ity in par­lia­ment, the lessons of stu­dent pol­i­tics and be­ing from the mi­nor­ity in your own party. (Al­banese is from the NSW La­bor Left and Pyne is a South Aus­tralian mod­er­ate Lib­eral.) Pyne is a re­turn guest — lit­tle won­der, since the episode where he and Amanda Van­stone hosted Crabb was mem­o­rably funny. Next week, Crabb goes to Gipp­s­land to meet sen­a­tor Ricky Muir, which should be fas­ci­nat­ing. Also check out Can­berra Al Desko with Crabb on ABC iView, a short se­ries shot in Par­lia­ment House dur­ing the re­cent lead­er­ship coup.

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