• All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (SBS)Source: SBS
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Shane Cubis

3 Jun 2016 - 4:19 PM  UPDATED 3 Jun 2016 - 4:19 PM

Welcome to The Weekly Binge, a column by The Guide dogsbody Shane Cubis, who takes you on a delightful jaunt through the TV highlights on SBS On Demand.

Not sure what to watch? Read this column. Tired of watching the same stuff and looking for something new? Read this column. Think you’re better than me? Read this column.


All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace celebrates the Year of the Monkey

Ugh, Radiohead album titles are so pretentious.

That’s true, but this is actually a three-part series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines we’ve built.

So... like OK Computer?

Stop talking about Radiohead! The third in the series is called “The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey”, and it’s…

Oh! Like The Pixies! This monkey’s goooone to Heaven...

...yes. If Heaven was a fascinating look at how we see everything through the eyes of computers, and an exploration of why we find that machine vision so enticing as a mechanical fantasy that absolves us of responsibility for our actions and failures.

The Devil is six, the Devil is six, and if the Devil is six...


Letters and Numbers deserves better

It’s the quiz show, right? Where punters can win a motza for knowing their ABCs?

Yep, it’s a quiz show. There’s no “motza” involved, though. And you have to know more than how the alphabet works to defeat maths hero Lily Serna and words villain David Astle.

No cash prizes? What’s the incentive to win?

A smug sense of superiority – and an autographed copy of the Macquarie Dictionary. Fifth Edition!

Ohhh, I see. This is aimed at people who do cryptic crosswords in public, isn’t it?

You got a problem? It’s opt out! (4,2)


Hard Rock Medical brings the Aussie to Canadian drama

Is this one of those reality shows about past-relevance musos trying to heal their fractured psyches?

Not remotely.

A series about the wacky medical emergencies that happen at the Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas?

Closer, but not quite. It’s Canadian, for starters.

A Degrassi Junior High spin-off where The Zit Remedy became famous as surgeons?

Way off. It’s a drama series about medical students learning how things work in remote, Northern Ontario. This week, Indigenous Australian character Gary – who was adopted by a white, middle-class family – learns more about his background when his birth grandmother dies.


My Grandmother’s Ravioli contains kimchi and mung beans

Uhhh... Reckon I’ll skip the ravioli in that case.

It’s not what it sounds like.

So it isn’t gross?

Nope. It’s about a bloke who busts in on people’s nannas and demands they teach him their ancient culinary secrets. This week he’s hitting up 72-year-old Ki Sook Yoo for her Korean treats.

We’re still talking about treasured family recipes, right?

Don’t be rude.


Stacey Dooley: Worst Place to be a Woman does the Honduran tourist industry no favours

This doesn’t sound like the kind of show you can joke about.

Spot on, there. It’s more the kind of documentary series you watch when you’re in the mood to be horrified about the state of the world.

So what’s wrong with Honduras? Apart from the Zika virus, hurricanes and $US37 departure tax.

Well, it has the world’s highest murder rate of women and, according to Stacey, not a great deal of official interest in changing that state of affairs.

I’m already furious.

Definitely worth watching if your blood pressure’s low.



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