Pick of the week
Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery Wednesday, 8pm, ABC Back for a fourth season, actor, singer, writer and comedian Julia Zemiro is on the road chatting to a host of Aussies in her usual charming, flirty way. So far she’s met journalist Kerry O’Brien and comedian Rebel Wilson. Here she gets together with cricket hero Glenn McGrath. They go back to Narromine in western NSW where McGrath grew up on a property, Lagoona, with his parents, brother and sister. The pretty homestead is much smaller than he remembers, and over there is where he practised bowling against a 44gallon tin drum. Zemiro hands him a new ball and invites him to have a go. No effort: he hits the drum. When McGrath played for the local under-16 team he was told “a broomstick has more talent”. Now there’s a statue of him in town — the Australian fast bowler who took the most Test wickets (563). Zemiro is good at extracting fresh insights from famous people. On a visit to his old school, McGrath says while he was an A-grade student, he was so shy he had a phobia about performing in public, including in the graduation ceremony. It was one reason why he left in Year 10. He’s certainly got over that now. McGrath, 46, is one of the most liked and admired former Test cricketers, The remaining seven episodes of this jolly series include chats with Stan Grant, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Miranda Tapsell and Geoffrey Robertson.