Free to air
Bindi’s Bootcamp, ABC3, 5pm
Bindi Irwin, now 13, opens her new children’s series wrapped in a Burmese python, exhibiting the same practised bouncy charm that characterised her late father’s “by crikey” presentation style. In this extended advertisement for “Bindi’s home”, the Australia Zoo, three teams of two children dash about and “prove they have the intelligence to survive in the wild” by answering which animal lives in a burrow and which is a marsupial. The challenges grow more lively, but only Wes the insect keeper, who weirdly stuffs his face with live crickets, comes across naturally.
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here, SBS One, 3.25pm
Guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett had left the pioneering psychedelic band Pink Floyd years before it was grappling with the pressures of producing its 1975 concept album Wish You Were Here, the follow-up to 1973’s hugely successful The Dark Side of the Moon. But Barrett, hollowed by acid, haunted the band for decades, acutely so in this mid-’70s period, which produced the nine-part composition Shine On You Crazy Diamond, allowing fellow band member Roger Waters to address the loss. The title track, Wish You Were Here, had a broader remit on loss but David Gilmour says he can’t sing its haunting lyrics without thinking about Barrett, who lived for decades in seclusion until his death in 2006. Just as Shine On opens and closes the album, Barrett’s story bookends this documentary, which makes sense in a non-linear Pink Floyd way.
This is a fascinating insight into the way sadness was poured into a meticulous creative process. Waters, in particular, comes across as a man hard to please. Don’t offer the man a cigar, lest he mistake you for a record company executive.
Massive Moves, SBS One, 7.35pm
Hello, have we died and gone to the Coen brothers’ Fargo? No sign of a pregnant Frances McDormand turning up in a Minnesota police car; instead we have brothers Wayne and Sean Bodenstab of rural Saskatchewan, Canada, who contemplate moving their father’s 70-tonne solid spruce house 80 kilometres to their ski resort. First, the truckin’ removal team must create a 3.2-kilometre ice road to move the dwelling across a lake.
Jim, our trucker, pulls a photo of his four-year-old daughter from the sun visor in the cabin. “We gotta make it home to her,” he says, poignantly channelling Fargo’s Marge Gunderson. “Safety first, you betcha.” The show eschews potentially interesting family back story in favour of overplaying the removalists’ drama.
RocKwiz, SBS One, 8.30pm
Ah, winter warmer: Julia Zemiro and the team are back for the first episode of RocKwiz’s 10th season, and l’amour is in the air as our host ruminates in French and riffs in an Irish accent, a nod to her annual gig co-hosting the Eurovision finals. Time to cuddle up and celebrate this show’s duality: effortless cool and unselfconscious anorak dagginess.
Tonight, Tim Freedman makes his first appearance on the show, giving us a classic number from the Whitlams, with a nod to its political namesake, while Judy Collins on guitar fires with a Leonard Cohen number, followed by an eyebrow-raising critique of early Bob Dylan. But, oh, the sparks between Freedman and Collins fire and are consummated with a Joni Mitchell duet as the credits roll.
When it’s over, contemplate our host’s recent revelation on rival Aunty’s interview series Agony Aunts: how can it be that no one has ever proposed to the whip-smart, funny and gorgeous Zemiro? Human scoreboard Dugald is fetching in his workman’s singlet, but he’d score votes with a completely different constituency.
Bananas (1971) ABC2, 8.30pm
When asked why he called his anarchic comedy Bananas, Woody Allen replied: ”Because there are no bananas in it.” Very profound. He plays the lead role of Fielding Mellish, a geeky product tester for a New York firm who, through an unlikely set of circumstances involving a relationship puncture with his activist girlfriend Nancy, finds himself the charismatic leader of a revolutionary group in San Marcos, a fictional South American country in the throes of revolution. Stanley Kauffmann gave it a mixed review, saying: ”It is filled with hilarious comic ideas and lines supplied by Allen and his collaborators. Then Allen the director and actor murders them.”
Bonjour Tristesse (1959) ABC2, 9.50pm
If Toodle-ooh Blues is a poor translation for the title of Francoise Sagan’s novel, this filmed version of the book is sheer traduction. The wan characters of her story, written when she was about 15, have been pumped up to the status of royalty as portrayed by David Niven, Jean Seberg, Mylene Demongeot and Deborah Kerr. They swan about the Riviera, hiding their sickness beneath impressive tans. An odd film in many ways, it is shot in monochrome for the Parisian sequences and colour for those on the Riviera. Elegant yet mushy, cool yet sweaty. Gooeyness wins in the end as director Otto Preminger loses his grip and lets his film flop tiredly into opulent parody. Seberg, playing Niven’s teenage daughter, interferes with her pseudo-sophisticated father’s romantic affairs, precipitating the suicide of his prospective mistress. The only resonance this is likely to have after all these years is that Seberg took her own life 20 years after the film was made.
My Best Friend (2006) SBS Two, 12.40am (Sun)
Catherine (Julie Gayet) refuses to believe her obnoxious business partner Francois (Daniel Auteuil) has a best friend as he often claims. Who could enjoy mateship with this unlikeable, middle-aged antiques dealer? So she pressures Francois to introduce her and, realising he must give substance to the long-running deception (and gain ownership of a coveted antique vase), Francois employs the services of an affable cabdriver, Bruno (Danny Boon), to play the role of his mate. A newish twist on a fairly hackneyed theme has some sparkle, with Patrice Leconte directing a script he co-wrote with Olivier Dazat.
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