Biting satire’s new sister act
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