Drunk History Australia Monday, 10pm, Ten
Drunk History US Wednesday, 9.50pm, 10 Shake
There’s a certain lockdown synchronicity to Ten’s launch of its cleverly bifurcated fourth channel, 10 Shake, this weekend. Among the shows featured on the new strand is the original American version of the immensely funny acquired taste Drunk History (pissed comedians recount the past as it’s acted and lipsynched by name talent), even as the channel’s mothership replays the equally hilarious local version. Monday’s episode finds Matt Okine recounting what inspired Banjo Paterson (Tex Perkins) to write Waltzing Matilda, while Em Rusciano tells of Dawn Fraser (Erin McNaught) stealing the flag at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Wednesday’s half-hour includes William Randolph Hearst (John Lithgow) clashing with
Orson Welles (Jack Black) over the making of Citizen Kane as told by Steve Berg. Drunk History joins such other adult fare in the evenings as free-to-air newcomers The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Charlotte Show and the first season of Teen Mom Australia. From 6am to 6pm, 10 Shake features children’s programming.
Tuesday, 9.30pm, ABC and iView
“My skills aren’t wholly suited to dealing with a health crisis,” emerging filmmaker Neve says apologetically to her doctor parents at home in Launceston as the restrictions commence, “but I wanted to help you and support you, so I made this.” Hers is one of the seven intimate vignettes told by emerging artists mentored by ABC Religion & Ethics producers Tracey Spring and Olivia Rousset. Bernie in North Fitzroy gives us a glimpse into his group house and a local restaurant cooking for frontline workers, while international student Anna worries from her one-room Brisbane apartment about her mother and grandmother in northern Italy who have tested positive. Yolngu woman Siena shows her Yirrkala community in North Eastern Arnhem Land prioritising its elders’ safety, and Tyla’s Passover in Melbourne is enhanced by her large family. In Cairns, performance artist Lou confronts her solitude with grace, and Brazilianborn Eric hosts his family in Perth when they’re stranded here following his wedding.
The Feed Presents Surrogacy in the Time of Covid
Tuesday, 10pm, SBS and SBS On Demand
“Who’s left holding the baby?” is the flip yet fair question press assets ask in this poignant and thought-provoking edition of The Feed. As news reports tell of people separated and/or stranded by restrictions, borders, oceans and finances, spare a thought for those who engaged surrogates, here and internationally, to assist in growing their families. Veteran SBS journalist and producer Elise Potaka has done just that, with revelatory results. Kath is in Sydney carrying a child for same-sex expectant parents Ben and Terry in Brisbane; can the couple get there, and back, in time? Australian Stephen and his partner have a surrogate in Texas, while also stateside, carer Trish looks after infant Zach while the baby’s new Chinese parents attempt to get there from the mainland to collect her (“definitely not part of the job description,” she says cheerfully). Sydneysiders Sophie and Julian dash to the Ukraine for their new baby, with time running out. “Magic,” says Sophie of their journey, “but very overwhelming and scary and beautiful and joyful and all that at the same time.”