Pick of the week
Kitchen Cabinet Wednesday, 8pm, ABC
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.