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Something worth watching on television on a Thursday

November 27th, 2008 at 08:05pm

I was just looking at the television guide for this evening to see if there is anything worth watching because, quite frankly, the usual Thursday night lineup isn’t very inspiring. I’ve lost interest in the two shows which I used to find interesting on a Thursday (namely Inspector Rex on SBS, of which I can only watch the repeats so many times before I start reciting them, and Law And Order SVU which really needs to be put out of its misery) and as such wasn’t exactly expecting to find anything useful.

To my rescue comes Steve Liebmann with new episodes of his excellent documentary series Crime Investigation Australia which tonight looks in to the Claremont murders of the mid-1990s. The programme starts at 8:30 on Channel Nine and concludes at 9:45, which is theoretically (assuming that Channel Ten can keep to their publicly released schedule) 15 minutes in to Law And Order SVU, so I suppose that I could watch Steve Liebmann’s show and timeshift SVU in the hope that the producers of SVU manage to provide me with something slightly more interesting than most of their recent episodes. I suspect that the ability to skip the ad breaks in that show might help my cause.

Anyhoo, the blurb in the TV guide about Steve’s show tonight is as follows:

This chilling episode details the long and difficult investigation which began with the disappearance of 18-year-old secretary Sarah Spiers from a nightclub in the up-market Perth suburb of Claremont on Australia Day, 1996. The new information has been kept secret by police until now for fear its release could jeopardise the investigation.

Sounds like it will be very worthwhile viewing.

Update 8:36PM: Nine also seem to have a lackadaisical approach to timekeeping. C’mon guys, I don’t want to watch any more minutes of the end of Getaway. End Update

Samuel

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  • 1. davky  |  November 28th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Whilst I don’t mind watching them in small doses, I really detest that there is an overabundance of crime-solving fiction on telly at the moment (NCIS, SVU, SCI, Crim Minds etc)

    Pay TV is no better as there is very little new content – it is just noticeably out-of-date repeats of stuff on free-to-air.

    I long for a return to TV when networks tried to cater for a broad cross-section of the community (resulting in a broad cross-section of programming.) Regrettably, and understandably, networks are now much better at targetting an advertising-effective demographic, which has resulted in homogenous programming.

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 3rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Yes, it is quite unfortunate, and I’ll admit that most of the crime fiction doesn’t appeal to me.

    I’m a fan of The Bill, and I did enjoy Ten’s series Rush, but other than that, the current crop of crime drama really doesn’t do anything for me. SVU used to appeal to me, but I think they’ve run out of ideas and are just trying to be sensationalist now.

    The (now defunct but being repeated on ABC2) ABC series MDA, which is a medical negligence defence series is another show which I like. Very interesting story lines, and quite well written and acted.


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