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An English-speaking German and a Francophone Estonian walk into a bar …

When it comes to intercultural, cross-lingual comedy, the joke can often be lost in translation. Steele Rudd, an Australian freelance writer based in Scotland, explains.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another go-round for Dancing with the Stars

Seven returned Dancing With the Stars to the screen for its 14th series last night and viewers hung round —  though not in the same numbers as in past years. The metro figure of 1.040 million for two and a half hours from 7.30 was the lowest so far for the series starter. But it was enough […]

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Annabel Crabb needs a wife — and you do, too

The veteran ABC writer and broadcaster was in fine form at the launch of her new book. If only she had a wife to corral her three children, it might have gone off without a hitch.

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Gillard’s back in the limelight, with Kevin nowhere to be seen

Julia Gillard was warm, funny and engaging at a discussion of her memoir in Sydney last night.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten calls the Cops on ratings

Ten failed with its two new cops programs; Seven safely downloaded, sorry, fast tracked the first of the new season episodes of The Blacklist and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Blacklist did well, finishing third nationally, up from sixth in the metros. Nine depended on the durable episode of The Block Glasshouse, while Big Brother failed […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother fails to keep its audience

A big win for Nine thanks to the dominance of The Block Glasshouse. It had 2.206 million national/ 1.546 million metro/ 660,000 regional viewers. Seven’s The X Factor Live Performance did OK in the metros, but again was boosted by strong regional support to finish second nationally with 1.718 million national/ 1.113 million metro/ 605,000 […]

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Julia’s burn book: a study in a prime minister and those who disappoint her

Australia’s first female prime minister has released her autobiography, and she is not shy about throwing some shade. Crikey finds the juiciest bits.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

The AFL Footy Show gave Nine the edge last night. Also, there are NRL finals tonight and tomorrow night, if anyone is interested.

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Pyne and vile Kyle most outstanding sexists

The Ernie awards for Sexist Remarks are great fun — but wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t enough nominees?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Seven’s Winners & Losers edged out Nine’s Big Brother. And Mad As Hell returns to ABC1, much to Abbott’s chagrin.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Brownlow fever tipped the ratings in Seven’s favour last night. Even The Block Glasshouse couldn’t win it for Nine.

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Rundle: the Rodent’s back, and he’s still lying

John Howard’s spectacular (but not in a good way) interview with Janet Albrechtsen last night disinterred two great (again, not in a good way) Howard-government lies.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Code outrates Big Brother

The ABC’s new thriller, The Code gathered more viewers than Channel Nine’s Big Brother. That’s got to be a win for humanity.

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Murder, a fit, a desire for nothingness? Helen Garner on the truth of crime

Is it possible to make sense of tragedy? Helen Garner gives it a solid go in This House of Grief.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: dross on main channels, gold on digital

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets. Ten was third in the metros but the ABC topped it in the regions, forcing Ten back to fourth. Once again it was a pretty average night of viewing — The Block Glasshouse was most watched program simply because there was very little competition on other networks. It had 1.762 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a race to the bottom for reality TV

Once again we saw the metro/regional split emerge, though Seven was much closer in the metros last night, despite the prominence of the The Block Glasshouse. Seven clearly won the regions, while in the metros, Seven won overall, but lost the main channels by 0.2%. The Block Glasshouse had 1.794 million national/ 1.167 million metro/ […]

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Film reviewing royal couple bow out but leave us the keys to the kingdom

Margaret and David, the Siskel and Ebert of Australia, have announced their long-running show will finish up in December. But their legacy endures.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Brilliant Creatures and lacklustre ratings

Brilliant Creatures on ABC was wonderful, brilliant TV. It what TV is all about  — explaining, elucidating and entertaining the audience — and there is more to come. It had 846,000 national/ 615,000 metro/ 231,000 regional viewers. It explained an important part of Australian cultural history with four of smartest, most entertaining, and at times frustrating minds this country […]

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In the name of cash: U2′s Apple virus

Saint Bono has descended from on high to deliver us the fruits of his labours (without asking). But it was the slightly larger iPhone that got the groupies.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins by a narrow margin

Just another Monday night and despite another very solid night, The Block Glasshouse wasn’t as dominant as the figures would suggest. It had 2.133 million national/ 1.507 million metro/ 625,000 regional viewers. With that sized audience, you would have thought Nine won the night by a mile — it didn’t. It certainly had a good win in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother bombs for Nine

The figures were split again last night with Nine winning the metros and Seven winning the regions. Ten was a very weak fourth (now normal for a Sunday) in both — its metro main channel share was 8.7% and just 7% in the regions. Back to the bad old days again, for one night at least. Ten […]

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