JuliaWe’ve spent the past week and a half getting to know our new Prime Minister. Julia Gillard has been asked for her opinions and philosophies on everything from religion, to child rearing, to her views on same sex marriage. It was only on Saturday that the greatest revelation was made. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, cited The Bill as her favourite show on television.

Of all the shows on TV, of all the alternative viewing options, Prime Minister Gillard has opted for the old, tired, and unimpressive British cop ‘drama’ The Bill.

I know. I am just as disappointed as you are.

Rest easy. It’s not too late. Like Ms Gillard has with Australia, we can get Julia back on track. This is why I feel it’s important to rise as a citizen and address our Prime Minister directly.

Julia, I know you are a busy lady. Nobody becomes Prime Minister by working 9-5 hours. Chances are you like The Bill so much because you simply don’t have the time to try out any new shows. The first episode went to air almost 27 years ago, so it’s inevitable that you’d have stumbled upon it at some point.

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I still don’t really know you yet, but I always view a stranger as a friend I haven’t met yet. In the interest of forging that bond, I’d like to give you some suggestions of TV shows I think you’d really like. They’re all on DVD, but you have quite a few staffers nowadays. I’m sure you can send one of them down to your local Big W.

The Wire – Through the course of the shows 60+ episodes, the series explores crime on the gritty streets of Baltimore, while also examining the education system, government, drug enforcement programs, and the role of journalism in the modern era. It should touch upon the interest points of any good PM. Also, tell Australia that this is your favorite show and you’ll easily take control of the urban hipster vote at the coming election.

Grass Roots – The US and the UK put out some cracking good TV shows, but when getting on the record about your favourite TV shows, it may serve you well to say you love some Australian TV. Support our local industry. Now, I agree that a lot of our local product is a bit disposable and quite a bit LCD. What about Grass Roots? Produced in 2000-2003, this ABC show is a satirical look at the machinations of local government.

K Street – I don’t know just how interested you are in US politics, but this show was a nice experiment. Produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, the show stars Political Consultant James Carville and his wife Mary Matalin as themselves. The two (fictionally) run a bi-partisan consultancy firm and examine the real world political events of the week. It’s a couple of years old now, but if you can handle something a little dated and irrelevent (which as a fan of The Bill, you are more than equipped), this might offer some appeal.

Amy_PondDr Who – One of the great things about television can be its sense of wish fulfillment and character identification. What better show for you than the latest series of Doctor Who. The scripts are all fun and engaging, but the highlight of the show is clearly the fiercely independent red haired assistant Amy Pond. She’s foxy, red-headed, fiery, and saves the day every week. And did I mention she has red hair? How can you resist?

Julia, TV can be a great escapist medium, but it can be better than The Bill. This is a core promise.

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
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