I can't stand reality TV. It annoys me so much that I get an overwhelming urge to slap the whingey, whiney person whose bathroom has failed/souffle has collapsed/is straight when everyone thinks he is gay. Now I realise the huge success of shows like Masterchef and The Block mean I am quite possibly the only person in Australia who feels like this. To each his own. Personally there is enough reality in my everyday life. I am looking for a little escapism on the TV.
The problem with my immense dislike of reality TV is that it leaves me very little to watch on the telly. It's either endless reruns of The Big Bang Theory or whatever the ABC has on the nights it doesn't dabble in reality. For the record, Australian Story is not reality TV - just excellent documentary type stuff. Big difference.
One of my current favourites is The Doctor Blake Mysteries. A local doctor investigating murders in Ballarat in the late 50s is infinitely preferable to someone having a melt down in a bathroom shop.
Craig McLachlan stars as Dr Blake. He is brilliant. I can honestly say I was a tiny bit surprised at how good he is. (I shouldn't have been as he is a veteran of TV and stage shows.) Love him and the character. I keep forgetting I am watching Craig McLachlan. Then every now and then it all comes flooding back and I can't help but think of this.
And while Dr Blake can uncover experiments on the patients in the local lunatic asylum (it is the 50s remember so mental health care was very grim) he definitely couldn't play guitar on the back of a ute.
Go Craig (even your name sounds Australian...) What's not to love?
Sorry about the ad in the clip - can't make it go away. Mona's hair however was what I longed for in my teens in the late 80s/early 90s. Never achieved it though. Do you think spiral perms will make a comeback? What about 501s with an open shirt tied over a singlet? I did work that look for quite a few years myself.
Enjoy your weekend.
Couldn't resist adding this after Heidi pointed it out.
Myf is, as usual, hilarious and Craig can still work those overalls. Made my weekend. Thanks Heidi.