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THE NAKED CITY – REALITY REINVENTED

When television began in Australia back in 1956 it was all very innocent and polite – a technological and entertainment novelty rather than a force for social change. We had variety shows, the Three Stooges, Our Gang, Disneyland, a bunch of American sitcoms, a nightly news service and the ‘epilogue’ at midnight when stations shut […]

THE NAKED CITY – The Grumpy Guide To The Great COVID Clean Up

During the worst of the lockdowns last year we learnt to live without many of the activities that we have always taken for granted, like hanging out at the local pub, taking in a new movie at the cinema or spending a whole afternoon at the beach. These were generally viewed as minor sacrifices when […]

THE NAKED CITY – POLISHING THE TV TURD

There was a time during the early days of television, when receivers had just come on the market, that people gathered in front of department store windows to ogle at the new technology. When TV arrived in Australia, the often notoriously unreliable cathode ray sets were at first very expensive and only the better heeled […]

THE NAKED CITY: THE GRUMPY GUIDE TO GIFTED CHILDREN

Many would argue that reality shows are a malaise that’s dragging both free and streaming television to a point even below what is generally regarded as the lowest common denominator. They come in many different models from the electronic Stilnox of Love Island Australia, through the soap opera tedium of Bride And Prejudice to the blatant […]

THE NAKED CITY – KITCHEN COP KILLER!

With Coffin Ed. Channel Seven labelled it one of the TV events of the year. Well they do say that about all their new ‘franchise’ shows and Hell’s Kitchen on Sunday night was a classic piece of rehashed formula entertainment. Take a concept originally pioneered by the potty mouthed Gordon Ramsay, import yet another celebrity […]