Bit­ing satire’s new sis­ter act

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Grow­ing Up Grace­fully,

Sis­ters Han­nah and Eliza Reilly take a thor­oughly tongue-in-cheek tour of so­ci­ety’s chang­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of young women in their new show, Grow­ing up Grace­fully. (“What­ever the f..k that means,” they help­fully add.)

Each week, Han­nah fol­lows the ad­vice of a 1950s eti­quette man­ual, whereas Eliza takes her coun­sel from more con­tem­po­rary sources. The sis­ters have that spe­cial comic abil­ity to se­duce their in­ter­locu­tors with mock-sin­cer­ity, while slyly send­ing them up for our ben­e­fit.

Last week, for ex­am­ple, hot­pants-wear­ing Han­nah met de­port­ment ex­pert June Dal­lyWatkins, who im­me­di­ately im­plied she looked “cheap and com­mon” and sug­gested people would think “she’s a pros­ti­tute”.

“Don’t be a slut,” Dally-Watkins said in a dul­cet-toned part­ing shot. Mean­while, Eliza met an In­sta­gram model who taught her to pose provoca­tively for “likes”. Grow­ing Up Grace­fully

Other high­lights in­cluded Han­nah stand­ing on a box in Syd­ney’s Pitt Street Mall, wear­ing a con­trap­tion that pulled her dress up an inch at a time. By­standers were en­cour­aged to blow a whis­tle when she was show­ing too much flesh.

The episode’s fi­nale fea­tured au­thor and com­men­ta­tor Peter FitzSi­mons pre­sid­ing over a phys­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion called The Beauty Game, wherein the sis­ters com­peted from the mo­ment of their mock-birth for the ap­proval of others based on their ap­pear­ance.

This week they tackle courtship. Fu­ture episodes look at mak­ing friends, sex, ca­reers and spir­i­tu­al­ity. In short, it’s a scream and highly rec­om­mended view­ing. I hope we will be see­ing more of these two on our tele­vi­sions in the fu­ture. 9.30pm, ABC. Wed­nes­day,

Han­nah and Eliza Reilly chal­lenge pre­vail­ing eti­quette in

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