General chat: TV show recommendations needed

By Bobi

The flies are telling me that it’s nearly summer here. 
I’ve just got an invitation by Siri for a Thanksgiving dinner. There is so much to unpack here that I find the whole thing unsettling. Nevertheless, I’m still going to accept. My moral high ground can always be beaten by the joy of someone else’s cooking. 

I have bought a really expensive fry pan and I am watching cooking shows thinking that something might inspire me. My current obsession is Plat du Tour (SBS). Each episode is about 4 minutes: just perfect for my concentration span but not great for the actual doing. 

There’s not much else on telly. 
I don’t like The Voice (too many singers being rewarded for screaming) but I do like The Masked Singer. I can tune out the guessing panel (I have asked before, how does Hughesy get employment anywhere?) and I enjoy the songs and the general silliness. 

Apart from that, I am providing instructions to my granddaughters on how to be murdery. I have given up on supervising their homework and we now watch shows like Death In Paradise (ABC) and Diagnosis Murder. By the time I’ve finished with them, they will be able to bump off their husbands, bury the body, and make sure they have an unbreakable alibi. I can’t think of a better legacy to leave behind. 

More recommendations gratefully received, mainly on murder shows suitable for early teens. 




  1. Oh Bobi, so much in common. You can’t pass on Diagnosis Murder. Dick van Dyke and Chachi.
    I don’t like the screaming, or shouting singers either. Just give me a voice with a good tone any day.
    Here we are in Bali.

  2. I watched The Voice last night……but with the mute on. It’s safer that way. The judges pretend to like stuff that makes me cringe. Ugg…the fanilies.

    You can combine cooking with murder in Australia thesedays. Bump off a handful of troublesome in laws with a Death Cap mushroom Beef Wellington.

    I watch a lot of true crime. I’m not sure if that’s good for teenagers or me. Old CSI Vegas are okay.

    I saw the Wallabies get murdered this morning. Eddie Jones is assisting police with their enquiries.

  3. I like Diagnosis Murder, but recently the pregnant doctor is scripted to stupidly put herself into dangerous situations. Of course she is always saved by Mark, and Steve with the perfect hair.

    Inspector George Gently is one I recommend highly. I’m a Martin Shaw fan. And there is always Midsomer Murders.

    Bobi, what is the pricey fry pan you bought?

    • I enjoyed George Gently and Lewis, and I crushed on Endeavour 🩷

      Dave; The Voice on mute 🤣. That’s worse than a cooking show with no taste or smell.

    • I bought a Le Creuset.
      They had a sale on and I got 60% off (but still more than I would ordinarily pay). Discontinued colour. Go figure.
      However, I can highly recommend.
      It serves as a frypan, and can go straight into the oven – plus lid.
      My expectation is that I will never have to buy another frypan in my lifetime. 🤞
      It hasn’t improved my cooking but I feel classy 🤣.

      • I always wanted a Le Creuset, and kept an eye out for sales. But I don’t have the hand grip anymore to comfortably lift one, so just admire them when I’m in a store. It should last you the rest of your life and you’ll have to put it in your will :).

  4. Caught about ten minutes of The Masked Singer while waiting for HYBPA. Ugh.The judges make some ridiculous guesses as to who the singer is. And how many people would recognise Shane Warne’s daughter when her mask comes off?

    • I watched the Masked Singer. I certainly didn’t guess.
      I don’t know how she did it without crying so good on her for giving it a go.
      Still, it was a long bow.
      The panel were kind. Sweet voice but that’s the best that could be said.

  5. I have the flu (tired mostly) so have been bingeing Lucifer on Netflix. Mr Juz and I are catching up on the latest season of Grey’s Anatomy (season 800ish) and US Survivor starts Thursday

  6. Thank you all for the suggestions.
    Daisy, you’re in Bali. How did I miss that?
    Diagnosis, Murder is always a favourite, no matter how many times they are on repeat. I am not a fan of Chachi. His particular rudeness doesn’t wear well with time and the real actor is a rusted-on Trump supporter. That would get us into a long conversation on cancel culture. Sometimes I can see past a transgression, sometimes I can’t. I haven’t been able to work out why.
    I prefer the new blonde guy. Plus, of course, Dick Van Dyke – not dead yet 🤷‍♂️.
    I tried the girls on Sister Boniface yesterday. It didn’t go down so well. I think they prefer something closer to reality. I might try Midsomer Murders next.

  7. Sonia and Marcus are cooking their second chance tonight. They’re serving spinach and ricotta ravioli, rib eye with mash, and passionfruit cheesecake. Cooking a dozen steaks, presumably to order, resting, and serving them to this crown of unpleasant people would not be my choice.

    We didn’t see much footage of them shopping or setting up. They did bicker in the car. Sonia called her son a dickhead. Not nice.

    Christian and Nick are still bitching about the teams’ scores for their second chance.

  8. The ravioli was slightly under-seasoned, and Manu wanted burnt butter sauce, but everyone liked it anyway.

    The steaks aren’t cooked to order, but seared in a pan and then put in the oven to finish. They went over well, a couple of them looked raw to me. The mash was good, but there wasn’t enough salsa verde, according to Colin and several guests. I wouldn’t want a green sauce on mash, but that is my preference, maybe it would be delicious.

  9. The passionfruit cheesecake was pretty good, some thought the bottom almond crust was too hard.

    Overall score for Sonia and Marcus was 85; straight to the top.

    Tomorrow it’s the turn of the stone-faced sisters.

    • It actually sounded delicious, albeit a bit on the heavy side.
      I’m not a fan of that sweet type of cheesecake. Cloying. I like a Bavarian cheesecake with cream. Mind you, still too much with any meal that includes steak.

  10. MKR tonight, the sisters cooked traditional Lithuanian food. Entree was cold beetroot soup, main a potato sausage with bacon and sour cream sauce, and dessert a cream and honey many-layered cake. Their dishes did not present well. The soup was room temp, not cold. The sausage, seriously, looked like a turd with dog barf poured over it. Some of the diners laughed aloud when the main was put in front of them. That was very rude and unkind, but sort of understandable. Still, adults should be able to suppress their snickers at the sight of an unappetizing plate of food.

    The sisters scored 59 and were eliminated.

    • I’ve always thought that previous seasons were too long.
      I generally lose interest after the initial cooking/introductions, and then something, something, something happens 🤷‍♀️.
      I don’t remember any winners.
      And yet, I always tune in to the next season. I like watching how enthusiasm and excitement wilts under the pressure of time. It feels a bit like real life. 🤣

    • I do hope these obnoxious contestants behave for Nigella Lawson. She’s earning her money having to mix with them.

      Manu needs some coaching to say “Nigella Lawson”. It’s not one word.

  11. MKR had a 7 pm start tonight and I’m not sure what the first brief was for those cooking. It’s cook-offs and eliminations. The first team to go home was the blonde best friends.

    The dish for round two is dessert. The bottom two scorers for that will go home. They’re getting cleared out quickly :).

    People seem to be slightly intimidated by Nigella’s presence. Makes a nice change from all their back-biting.

    • Thanks. Missed it….but so glad the trash was taken out.Good riddance Claudeen and that turkey with the jawbone of an ass. Encore to savour.

  12. Smirky Chris and Aaron, Claudean and Anthony are the two teams eliminated. Bye!

    Christian and his mate supposedly made the best dessert, even after lots of drama and stuff ups during their cooking. They and handsy, lovey dovey just friends Rachel and her mate are the other two through to whatever the next round is.

    • I’m actually glad that smirky Chris & Aaron and bitchy Claudean & henpecked Anthony were eliminated.

      • Me too. I’m more interested in seeing the unlikeable teams, which is most of them, eliminated, than good cooking or cheering on a nice team.

        The twins seem pleasant and gave fair critiques of the food last night. Mother and son team are an enigma – the kid is okay, the mother can be bitchy at times, especially to her son.

  13. I am not liking the “just friends” very much. I really, really hope they don’t take this out.
    Maybe I read too much fiction but I’m call liar, liar on their relationship.
    He likes her A LOT and she knows it but she’s just not that into him.
    She’s playing around because it’s fun for her – no repercussions for her and great for her ego – but the moment someone better comes along, he’s gone-ski.
    He won’t look for anyone else because he still has a faint hope that she will change her mind if he continues to play nice. She won’t.
    Ugh to these two.

    • “Ugh to these two”, well said. Aren’t they odd. I have a close friend who’s a guy. We hug hello and hug goodbye when we get together. Pretty sure if I were continually draping myself all over him, he’d ask me what the hell my problem was.

  14. MKR is hilarious so far. The four remaining teams have to make a three-course meal. The first course, however, is not an entree, but an amuse-bouche. This will be an elimination course. They are all making…something. Christian and whosie are making a salmon something; they have about 10kg of salmon on their bench to choose from.

    Bobi, I had noticed before, but now I can’t stop seeing how often that “just friends” woman puts her hands on her friend. Gah. Leave him alone!

    • It makes me flinch, every time.
      I hope he watches the playback and has Come To Jesus moment, but I doubt it. He is clearly smitten.

  15. Tommy and Rach, the gropey two, are eliminated. Their amuse bouche was a stuffed mushroom that was lacking in crunch. Of course they had to kiss and hug after hearing the verdict.

  16. Sonia and Marcus were eliminated.

    Going into the grand final are Nick and Christian, and Radha and Prabha. It’s almost at the end and I finally know everyones names. For those who don’t, the finalists are the pretentious waiters, and the twin sisters.

  17. Only Murders in the Building. I love this so much, Martin Short is such a delight and international treasure. It’s on Disney+ is anyone wants to watch it. Could be interesting for teens too as it has Selena Gomez as the female lead. She has great chemistry with Martin Short and Steve Martin. I loved those two since I was a child, so this is perfect for me. It is charming, fun and entertaining.

    Also love Foundation on Apple, it’s phenomenal and the recently released second season is even better than the first.

    We also recently started watching The Righteous Gemstones, if John Goodman is a draw, watch it! The show does not disappoint.

    Another highlight this summer for us was What We Do in the Shadows. It’s silly af. It is based on a dark comedy by Taika Waititi (I can also recommend Our Flag Means Death).

    • I want to watch Only Murders. It has great reviews. I have been considering it for a while for myself. It never crossed my mind that it would be suitable for the girls but of course it would be perfect 🤩.
      I never thought of What We Do in Shadows. The elder of the two likes a bit of horror. We have watched the occasional Korean comedy/horror. The extra distance the language barrier puts in place makes it a tad less scary.

  18. And for those who are not watching, Shayna Blaze was the reveal last night.
    It was not a surprise per se. The clues gave it away early.
    She was the better singer so it was a surprise that she was the one to go. She has a nice voice. Apparently she used to sing for her supper in her youth.
    Also, just as a comment, she’s tiny.

      • Yes, it’s new sets of teens and oldies. I’m excited for a show that is always worth watching, even if it occasionally brings tears.

  19. I’m hoping for the twins to win MKR. Although the guys have become a little less obnoxious after finally realizing they aren’t the best cooks in the world, I think the twins are better cooks and less likely to get frazzled.

    Four courses, 100 servings each, entree, fish, meat, dessert. I think. I’ll only watch the first hour, then will check in at the end to see who won.

  20. All the other contestants are on the gantry, as well as the teams’ families, all of them yelling at those cooking. The mums are there making everyone nervous.

    The twins serve a spicy fish fry, the guys serve scallops with blood sausage . They haven’t detached the scallops from their shells.

  21. I watched the first bit, too.
    Groper girl looked very pretty.
    I wondered how the girls were going to go, given that having mommy-dearest there made them so nervous. I was amused when Manu jokingly invited Mum down to help and she was going to take him up on the offer. Apart from that, it was a bit dry.

    • No, they were definitely not there. Maybe Claudean didnt want to eat humble pie watching Nick &Christian in the GF.

    • Awful. I’m hoping it’s not true.
      If it’s them, I’m surprised the producers didn’t do their homework. Cases like these don’t pop up overnight. Police can take years putting evidence together and then getting a listing.
      And if you knew this was in the pipeline, why would you appear on a show like this?
      People perplex me. I think I’ll become a recluse.

  22. Didn’t the promo say he was easy going and calm? I remember something along those lines because that fits with most Samoans I knew.
    But the above “alleged charges” suggest not. 🤷‍♀️

  23. They can refine their culinary skills in jail. They were a horrible pair. Claudeen was toxic from day one.How many young lives has she traumatized; as for the cowering husband,boy was he pussywhipped .Jail for these turds. Ten years is about the norm.

    Maybe 7 will defend these ingrates,like Ben Roberts Smith.

  24. I have just finished watching the first episode of Old People’s Home for Teenagers.
    I sobbed.
    I don’t know which was sadder: those lovely teenagers filled with angst and anxiety or those lonely, old people.
    I will keep watching, knowing that 90% of the participants will benefit and there will be lovely moments.

    • It wasn’t ten minutes in and I was reaching for tissues.

      The shy teenage girl with long blonde hair changed completely after the 91 year old man said once he’d gone to bed, he’d rather not wake up. That will be a great friendship.

  25. There was an unveiling on Masked Singer.
    The audience was polite but collectively went, “Who?”.
    She’s a UK reality star. I’ve got to give her her due. There’s nothing like confidence to give someone charm.

  26. Cal Wilson died.
    I don’t know why this one hits extra hard. All deaths are sad.
    Maybe it’s because she was so relentlessly cheerful, plus she lived just a hop, skip and a jump way from me when I lived in Sydney. That makes her my neighbour.

    • She was on an old episode of Spicks and Specks tonight. It was a little hard to watch. At the very end of the show, there was an In Memoriam epitaph for her. That did it.

      • It’s the “catching me unawares” thing.
        There have been a number of tributes from her friends and acquaintances on Twitter as you would expect and I mostly just pass them by but then, oddly, the one from Paul McDermott was just so sweet it just knocked me a little sideways. 🥲
        I became a puddle.
        Funny how that happens.

  27. There is a new (to me) show on SBS Food channel that I am enjoying; it’s
    Paula McIntyre’s Hamely Kitchen. Her dishes are good and look doable, and she’s lovely.

    • I will give it a go. I love a cooking show.
      I am really looking forward to Master Chef Desserts (?). Totally impracticable, I know but I’m sure that it will be a joy to watch.

  28. Hi everyone, sorry I’ve been mia. I have been working all week, and I haven’t watched much TV in three weeks.

    • I fell across The Derry Girls (SBS) and I have been rushing to watch the available episodes before they leave in a week so nothing else is crossing in front of my eyes. We have lives 🤣.
      I don’t understand why some episodes are missing. It must have something to do with licensing.
      It is just an unexpected delight.
      How come I have never heard anything about this show 🤷‍♂️. I must be living in a bubble.

    • Thank you. My internet has just been fixed. Four days without it was bearable. Fixed ten minutes ago.

  29. The Unmasked tonight was Pete Murray.
    That was one that was suspected and then became more and more certain as time went on. He has a distinctive voice that is difficult to disguise.
    He seems to be a really nice fellow. I think I’ve just become a fan.

    • It’s just as well I don’t watch Masked Singer. After most reveals, I’ve wondered “who is that?” Guess I’m a little out of touch :).

      • 🤣🤣
        It has been a little like that this season.
        The Australian pool of talent is small and I can’t imagine that there is anyone left for another season (plus, of course, i loathe Dave Hughes with a passion and I can’t wait for him to be removed from our screens forever. What is wrong with 20 year old boys that they think that this goose is fun listening? I’m assuming they are the same people that keep Kyle Sandilands on air 🤮).
        Still, the whoevertheyare singers are pleasant to listen to while I read a book and avoid the news.
        Just as an aside, it is also interesting to me (I’m thinking) that a nice voice has nothing to do with record sales or … being famous (?). Darren Hayes has a lovely voice but he is the least interesting person every episode. His song choices on this show make him boring.
        It’s like acting, I guess. Actors just repeat someone else’s lines. We don’t give enough credit to the lines. My brother often talked about how actors are just A Brand telling the audience what sort of movie this was going to be but it was the producers and directors who actually did the work.
        I’m feeling a little philosophical this morning. It’s cold here. I’ve had to turn the heater back on. Christmas is just around the corner and I can’t wait for it to be past. It’s just a bit ordinary, all around.

        • Dave Hughes is bad enough. Add Chrissy Swan to the mix and there is no chance I would want to watch.

          Yesterday it was 36 degrees here. I had to put the air con on for the first time.

          Are you all right, Bobi?

          • Thanks, Von. Life is just a bit repetitive at the moment and my diary is starting to empty as a prelude to Christmas shutdown.
            It was Zero degrees overnight yesterday which was a shock to the system. All in all, I became a little maudlin.
            I pick up the girls (12 and 13) from school twice a week and they were delightfully prattling away and, instead of just enjoying it, I started thinking about how much I am going to miss this. It’s such a lovely age. I know you can’t stop them growing up but I wish you could.
            I’ll be alright in a week or two. My brother and SIL are coming to stay for a week and the family will get together often and he will cook and everything will go back to normal. 😀
            I have nice brothers and SIL (mostly. There’s always one SIL 🤣🤣) and I had a nice childhood (mostly 🤣). My head is reminiscing.

          • Okay, Bobi. I hope family visits will lift your spirits. Are you all doing home made Xmas gifts again? Take care.

  30. I’m so sorry you are dipping. I think, as we age, those who have suffered loss or pain (all of us) can worry, even on good days, that the “grim reaper” might come and p*ss on everything again.
    I’ve been going great, and yet even this morning woke with that dark spot of despair, for no reason at all. Do I expect too much from life? Probably. I suffer first world problems? Maybe. For me, it’s good relationships that fill my cup; even if it’s you ttvers. Family is everything but I had to accept change and loss there. Thankfully, I enjoy the kids atschool, and family when I see them, friends and sometimes just random strangers. I like chatting with strangers or even a word here and there.

    It’s dumb snd shallow, but I have nice clothes and I still enjoy playing dress-ups. That’s how I filled the void a few years ago.

    Oh and gym classes help.

  31. For those who remain on tenterhooks over Masked reveals, tonight the celeb was LaToya Jackson.
    Obviously, I didn’t guess.
    Her voice is average and … she giggles. 🤦‍♀️ I know.

    • I have heard of her. I always see the last few minutes waiting for HYBPA.

      I don’t care if the next reveal is Dame Nellie Melba re-incarnated, all the bouncing, screaming, yelling “take it off”, and then over-reacting drives me nuts.

      People her age shouldn’t giggle.

  32. Melissa Leong will not be returning to MasterChef. Andy will return and there are two other new judges who I’ve never heard of. Mel is being replaced by…Poh. I don’t think I’m up for watching several hours of Poh every week.

    Mel will be on Dessert Masters, whenever that starts.

    • I like Mel and I’m looking forward to DM.
      I’ve never been a fan of Andy. I’ve never understood why he is a judge. And speaking of giggling, five minutes of Poh is four minutes too much.
      I’m guessing that Ch 10 is cutting costs.
      If I had to be profound, I would say that The Block and MC are propped up by advertiser’s dollars but that viewership is in sharp decline.

      • The Ma$terchef guest chef has “54 million followers”………….but ….never heard of him.

        The nauseating Irwins on Celebrity Gogglebox. Ch 10 are cutting quality as well.

      • I thought it was just me. 🤣
        I have zero interest in the Irwin’s. I’ve never understood the media fawning. I can imagine that as an interviewer, it’s nice to have such young people who are articulate but I find the way they speak a little … odd? Stilted?
        Idk. I’m going to go with annoying.

        • Not just you, Bobi, I’m not a fan of the Irwins either. Annoying is a good description. So is cloying.

          You won’t want to hear that Robert Irwin is the replacement for Chris Brown on IACGMOOH. He and Julia Morris is an odd pairing, although I find Robert the least objectionable of the clan.

        • Nooooo. Say it isn’t so 😯.
          I hope that doesn’t make IMAC unbearable for me. 🤮 It’s one of the few RTVs that are still watchable.
          Cloying is a better word than annoying. 🤣🤣

  33. I just voted for my five favourite episodes of Bluey in the Blueyfest. My top two was easy, but I had no trouble remembering the rest of the episodes from the list of titles, for the next three.

    Ask me what my favourite tv show is.

    • 🤣
      I can vote? I have both girls this afternoon (tacos, in case anyone is interested) and we have fun voting in these things.
      Australia’s favourite bird – magpies here – Fat bear – always fun but we never get it right – and Australia’s favourite tree – snow gum but only because they helped me paint one during the dreaded lockdown. I will take a pic and post it after I get up and walk doggo. Snow gums are a good painting for an “all in” because it’s impossible to muck up.

  34. Just watched Celebrity Gogglebox. It was less than ordinary. I won’t be doing that again.
    Mind you, they finished with the final episode of MC. I cried again. So sad.

    • The regular Goggleboxers are more entertaining than that lot were last night. The bit for Jock caught me unaware, too. I’m tearing up thinking about it now. Damn it.

  35. I can’t remember who it is, but think someone here at ttv has been to an immersive art show. A friend wants to see Monet In Paris here next month, but I’d like an idea of what the show is and whether it’s worth seeing. To me it looks as though you sit in a big auditorium and look at large projected art works by Monet etc.

    • It might have been me but there are different shows on and it’s hard to tell one from another.
      I went to a Vincent Van Gogh one in a huge, huge marquee where they projected his artwork (or sometimes bits of his artwork) on the tent walls. I can’t remember now whether the artwork changed so that you could sit and watch and paintings cycled through. I remember sitting every now and so it’s probable that it did.
      There were different rooms so it wasn’t everyone in the same place and people were moving through. It was timed entries so it wasn’t overcrowded at any one time.
      I didn’t love it but I’m glad I went. It was something different. We still talk about in on occasion.
      I like Monet so I’m sure it will be very pretty.
      I’m sure that I’m sounding very confused. My view is that I’m always up for new experiences. Sometimes they hit the mark. Sometimes they don’t.

      • I had phases of favourites since childhood . I had a Vermeer print and a Chagal print framed on bedroom wall when I was a kid. My sister had a Degas. I tried painting Degas, Girl Brushing Hair when I was 12. It’s always been the impressionists for me and still is, although my favourite art now, for breezy brightness is illustration.

        Gaugin held top spot for me throughout my 20s and 30s. Current favourites; Modigliani and Renoir. Favourites galleries so far, The Louvre (Botticelli fresco ❤️), Musée d’Orsay, and the Uffizi in Florence.

        • My mother loved Modigliani.
          I’m a Rembrandt fan myself. It’s what he does with light, I think.
          Oddly, my favourite gallery is Victoria. I have such lovely memories.
          Anything is London falls under the heading of Dull.
          I’ve never been to America but I don’t doubt that they would turn it up a couple of notches. Only if I win the lottery.

          • Thanks Bobi. I do like Monet’s works, but it does sound as though it’s a big slide show. I told my friend it sounds interesting, she said she’d never been to one…so, something different. We’re still deciding :). I’d rather go to the Art Gallery of WA, depending on what exhibits are there.

  36. Masked Singer = Brendan Fevola.
    He was the Wild Card: he came on, he sang, he was eliminated.
    As you can tell, I’m getting bored. It’s probably because we all know those who are left. Few surprises this season.

  37. Is Gogglebox over for the season already? It’s November!

    I am still enjoying Old People’s Home For Teenagers. However, I think the past two weeks have had too much of the geriatrician and other talking heads. I’d prefer to see the participants more, and watch their progress.

    • I am still watching but on iView and slowly. I am two episodes behind.
      I still shed tears but not so much. Everyone seems to be making progress. I am particularly happy that the lid people have adapted so quickly.
      I keep thinking that if this is a snapshot of teenagers then it is a sad world. I’m sure it wasn’t like this when I was growing up.
      Perhaps it is my generations fault. I have said previously that I grew up poor but grateful for what I had. My kids grew up poor but angry for what they missed out on. Perhaps I can blame television for opening their eyes to all the stuff they could buy if only we had more money 🤣.

      • I’ve avoided this show because as with the “news” ,it might depress me. Read that millenials have far fewer friends than previous generations. People in nursing homes average one visit per year. That’s depressing enough.

        I’m sure the show has more value than Love Island or the hideous Big Brother….which I will watch tonight.

    • I saw this.
      Twitter said that the problem with The Block is that in recent seasons, there are one – now two – very rich guys who keep coming back at each auction to make a farce of the bidding and buy houses based on whether they like the contestants or not.
      Or to get their faces on tv. 🤷‍♂️
      It’s probably the reason why viewers are switching off in droves but why Ch 9 keeps flogging a dead horse. It’s seems to be a money spinning machine (I assume Ch 10 gets a cut) without anyone giving a stuff about who watches.

      • The Block is just not good any more. The millionaires and a representative (bidding) is so boring. So surprised Danny didn’t buy anything but guess he didn’t like houses 1, 2 or 3 based on the link to the article Dave posted.
        5 million for house 4 was crazy but wonder if ‘Lambo Guy’ will raffle it off and if he will get any profit for that purchase.
        They need to revamp the show but I assume that will never happen. It was so much better years ago.

  38. I guess I will be watching Big Brother. If it’s all tik-tokkers, influencers and fake “hook-ups”, I might zone out.
    I wasn’t keen on Sonia’s dress.

  39. Unmasked winner = Dami Im.
    So not surprised.
    Good god, the dragged ( and I mean really, really dragged) the finale over two days.
    I was so bored that I switched and never came back. Only saw the winner accidentally.
    Someone needs to talk to someone in charge and stop this nonsense.

  40. Have a great day today Daisy, 🎁🍰💓🎈🎂🎁🍹💓🍸💞🎀🍷🍺💖🎁💓💞🎊💝🎁🎉🍷🎀💞🍷🎁🍷💓💕🎊🎈🎉🍹🍰💓🎂🎊

    • Is it your birthday, Daisy? Happy birthday on the assumption that it is 🎉. I hope you have a lovely day either way.
      It is a busy birthday month.
      My Dad was born a hundred years ago last Monday.
      And my lovely granddaughter had her birthday yesterday. She’s 11. She delightfully told me in the car that she has lots of friends which is nice because 12 months ago she didn’t have any. My brother and I took her out for pizza and my brother made the mistake of asking her about the rules for handball. Half an hour later …. 🤣🤣. Who needs TV. 🤩

      • Hey Bobi, busy month for me too. Birthdays of 3 eldest children, ex daughterinlaw, 2 good friends (Daisy being one of them😊) eldest brother and our wedding anniversary. 🥳

        • It would be interesting to see the stats on November births.
          It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s Australia’s favourite month 😀.
          Happy birthday to all your friends and family.

  41. After 14,376 promo ads, Dessert Masters has finally started. It should be interesting, hopefully without a lot of drama and tears since all the contestants are professionals.

    When did we start judging a person’s work and worth by how many followers they have? It may take me a while to stop snickering at Amaury’s comb-over. God bless Reynold for calling the season’s only exemption pin immunity instead of ahmunity.

    I’ll stop being picky and start enjoying the show :).

  42. I really enjoyed Dessert Masters.
    I’m not a huge fan of the new judge. He’s a bit of a w*nk. I do like Melissa. She tried to compensate for him. At times it was hard work so I’m guessing that she will earn her money this season.
    All the chef’s are lovely and clearly like each other. It was so nice to watch people who actually knew what they were doing.
    The only drama was when the young chef set his pudd alight. May all our dramas be so much fun.

  43. Good memory. Yes, I had a birthday last week. Thankyou .

    I have been busy filling in for the Languages Other Than English teacher. It will last until the end if term.
    It’s 3 days a week, which compacts the things I do to after school or days I am not working.
    Hence, it’s been an efficient schedule. That’s me; efficient. 😆

  44. Anna is a lot of fun. She just lightens this show.
    These people are amazing.
    Reynolds’ dish missed for me tonight. It was a bit too … something. I preferred some of the others. Same as Zumbo.

    • I like Anna. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. I don’t really like the make-it-look-like-something-else trend, but I thought all the desserts tonight were appealing and elegant in presentation and inventiveness, even the dustpan of garden mess.

      Respect to the judges for eating all those sweet dishes one after the other. I have a feeling that, after this series, I will never again want to eat a dessert. Ever.

    • Yes, I’m not really a dessert eater either. I am especially not a cake eater. Maybe that’s why Zumbo’s stuff leaves me cold.
      We jest here but I do like a panna cotta. Light and small.
      And one day I have ambitions to make a Tart Tartin just ‘cos.

  45. I felt sorry for the loser on Dessert Masters tonight, but I can’t say there was anyone I wanted to see eliminated.

    I was tickled that Reynold used feijoa in his apple. I have a feijoa tree, and most people don’t even know what a feijoa is – except Kiwis.

    • Oh no. I missed last nights episode. I wonder what I was doing?
      I’ll have to go back, if for no other reason but to see a feijoa 😀.

  46. I haven’t watched the missed episode yet and I can’t figure from this episode who is not there 🤷‍♀️.
    I don’t normally like the relay tasks but this one was a lot of fun. I keep coming back to the difference it makes watching chef’s who know what they’re doing.
    Anna is a hoot. I could watch her all day.

    • You must have missed the beginning of tonight’s ep, there was a short recap. I won’t spoil it for you, but I thought of the eliminatee as a lesser known chef.

      The contestants weren’t thrilled with a relay, were they? It’s fun watching the different chefs try to blend their ways of doing things, with only a short handover between team members.

      Adriano needs to wear a hat or a sweatband.

  47. Well, Dessert Masters was fun and at times hilarious tonight. Kirsten can’t help but add something chocolate to everything she does. She is the chocolate queen, deservedly, but could have stepped back on that tonight.

    Reynold (or Ray-nold as Andy calls him) is so skilled at presentation, and understanding which flavours work together, that he impresses me nearly every time he cooks.

  48. Ten is rerunning the first two episodes of Dessert Masters tonight at 830 and 930. Repeating shows two days later in prime time is stupid and lazy programming.

    • Sounds like they are excited because people are actually watching. 🤣
      It’s a lovely show but difficult to watch on iview. It’s one of those shows that is best watched while you are reading or scrolling.
      I am trying to watch my missed episode but I am struggling. I will persist. I at least now know who is not there and I am so sorry because I liked her, whoeversheis.
      The producers are back to telegraphing these things early. It’s a problem when you have watched so much reality tv that you can see the formula unfold before your eyes.

      • Aside from the first episode, I always watch while I’m cooking or dusting or something. I can’t really follow their cooking because the chefs have so much more skill and knowledge than I. I do like seeing the finishing and plating.

        If they hadn’t already telegraphed who was eliminated, it was obvious when they almost had to get a jackhammer to crack Rhiann’s pig.

        I don’t know that guessing the end is because of seeing too much reality tv, more likely that the producers think we’re stupid and will continue watching, mouths agape, when we’ve already perceived the ending.

  49. I can’t watch the rerun. I have skipped thriugh to the end and I am watching the reveals.
    Reynolds was very pretty. I can already tell that the next Apple is going to go bad.
    I’ve had to pause again. Great lesson here. This is not a show to watch after the event.

  50. Next chef eliminated.
    This one came as no surprise. He was always just hanging in there. I must have missed his introduction but he didn’t seem to be very experienced. Everything took him by surprise and he didn’t seem to know how to come back from disasters.
    No, I’m not doing the no spoiler thing. I just can’t remember his name.

    • Morgan. I think he has a donut shop. I’m not enjoying this show as much as I thought I would; some of the techniques are too esoteric. I do like seeing the end results, the plating, and the judging.

      • I’m agreeing.
        I really, really enjoyed the first episode. From then on it’s just become fancy-pantsy. If there’s nothing there that I can do, then I just want to move on.

  51. Bluey Fest was on ABC22 today, from 6 am to 730 pm. I watched a couple of hours at the start and a couple more toward the end. It was a nice relaxing day, with lots of smiles.

    The episode that came at #1 was Cricket, the back story of Rusty’s love of cricket.. It is one of my favourite eps, not only because of how well it was written, but because it gave me a laugh that non-cricket countries wouldn’t have a clue what it was about :). Good for Ludo for producing consistently good shows.

    • I watched a couple that i remember as being really nice.
      Cricket was up there with my absolute favourites.
      I was surprised at how much I enjoyed watching the one about the rain when Bluey was building a dam while Mum was trying to keep the house clean. Not one word spoken. Just noice.
      I didn’t hang around to watch but my all time favourite is Faceytime. Hits all the right buttons.
      Was this in the order that people voted? I feel like I should know this.

      • I presume so. When it started, they were counting down from 100. Faceytime with Muffin? She is such a hellion, but also quite funny.

        My favourite is Ice Cream, especially the part when Bingo and Bluey are dancing around each other to music from, I think, The Nutcracker.

        I could rabbit on about Bluey for ages. Stop me :).

    • Oh goodness gracious. I was wrong.
      I don’t think Adriano was expecting that. Nor was I. I thought that grainy champagne from chefs of this calibre would have been a deal breaker so I guess it shows that I don’t know much.
      I did start this episode late. I’ve decided that I don’t have the stamina for the full thing. There’s only so much watching people running to and fro from the pantry that I can take.

      • I thought it would be the “Pretty in Pink” dish or “The Godfather” one that would lead to elimination for their creators. Grainy champagne gel or whatever it was and a dish that looked like a mess and would not have made anyone think of “The Godfather” (IMHO) should have meant elimination for Kay Lene or Andy.
        I didn’t expect Adriano to be eliminated but it seems that neither Melissa or Amaury have been very positive about his creations. What he created for this challenge related to the movie and supposedly tasted good so even though there were structural issues I don’t think he should have been eliminated.

  52. I haven’t worked out who was eliminated yet. But as usual, I am half paying attention.

    I wondered if any of these chefs had ever seen Breakfast At Tiffany’s, that’s a pretty old movie. Anna makes me laugh, and didn’t she shoot Mel a death glare when Mel questioned her concept.

    • That was a surprise. I doubt he expected to be eliminated at this stage, but he did say he was in trouble. His dish did look sloppy when it was cut.

    • It will be good for him to be beaten by these chefs. I suspect that he thought he was pretty good and stopped trying so hard. Maybe he will re-examine his style.
      I used to live around the corner (in the Sydney sense of a half hour drive) from his shop and I remember the queues for his macarons were off the charts. Not my favourite sweet so 🤷‍♀️.
      He got a kind edit but he was clearly outclassed and this wasn’t his first taste at being bottom.
      Nevertheless, I’m still surprised that it was him and not the lass who did Pretty in Pink. She got feedback earlier that there was a problem and did nothing about it. My guess is that it will be her turn soon.

    • He sweated so much, it made me sick. Perhaps he’s a dessert dog who’s had it’s day.
      This made me laugh….” this wasn’t his first taste at being bottom.” I’ll watch the encore of Zumbo’s zapping for sure.

  53. I don’t know what it is about Curtis that I just don’t like. He seems like a perfectly nice fella but I just don’t want him on my tv screen.
    Reynolds played his pin. Wise move.

    • I don’t like Curtis because he’s smarmy and thinks he is god’s gift to cheffing because he did pretty well in Australia, and now has done pretty well in woohoo California. And he is just here too often.

  54. I didn’t really enjoy this episode tonight.
    I think it’s because my two favourites went home and I knew that from the beginning.
    Plus, of course, trifle is my least favourite dessert and lots of them cooked it. Blah.
    On reflection, it’s definitely trifle related.
    Oh well.

    • I enjoyed most of it. I’m glad Reynold played his pin because I didn’t want him to go home. It was not difficult to pick that Anna and Andy would be eliminated. I will miss Anna’s humour and just watching her cook because she never seemed to get in a flap. I didn’t have any particular like or dislike for Andy, but the judges seemed to have something against him from the start.

      I will be glad when this series is over; it did not live up to expectations, unfortunately.

      • I did expect more.
        I think the highs are higher. There’s no doubt that it is a joy to watch people who can actually cook.
        But their dishes have become a bit samey. How many times does the Chocolate Queen do that same trick of covering everything with a smooth glaze. And at every opportunity Reynolds does a globe. I know it’s clever but enough already.
        Maybe that’s why I liked Andy. And I, too, picked up on the new judge really not liking his style.
        Fingers crossed for the next episode.

    • I was OK with this episode but I was disappointed that Anna was eliminated. However I did expect that both she and Andy would be leaving. She’s a lot of fun to watch and her desserts are usually interesting. It has been obvious that the judges were not fans of Andy’s style but at least he was true to himself.

  55. More running to and fro from the pantry but in slow motion so you think that it’s different.
    Feels more like a time filler to me.

    • Ha, slow motion running gave me a laugh. Is it filmed that way or are the cooks miming it? Because miming would be funny.

      Tv guide says cooks have to make something inspired by nature tonight. I’m expecting several variations on chocolate soil.

  56. Yes there was some soil but more importantly, they had pebbles. 🤣
    Some of the pebbles looked delicious.
    I was sad for the Chocolate Queen but I did think it was her time to go. She was very gracious about it all, as was the other lass who left.
    I was happy with the final three but I suspect that I would have been happy no matter who was there. I like this lot.
    I would like to say that I enjoyed this episode but it is hard to use that word when there is a tragedy.
    The preview for the finale is a bit of a worry.
    I’m guessing that Jess wins? She has grown on me so I’m okay with that.

  57. I did enjoy this episode, Kirsten’s disaster aside. I had seen on the ads that the bird cage broke. I don’t see how a bird cage is inspired by nature, unless she planned to put a bird inside, but I felt bad for her anyway.

    Amaury seemed to turn around from his critique of Gareth’s entry to the final decision. Mel tends to go along with him, even if they disagreed initially.

    A service challenge for the final is odd, considering how labour-intenstive the cooks’ desserts are. It should be entertaining one way or the other.

    Anyone besides me have an opinion on Mel’s alfoill dress over a black jumper?

    • Ah, yes.
      I did not like but call me old fashioned. I’m guessing that this was filmed in winter?
      I prefer when she dresses in bright colours. Black is not her friend.

  58. Hey everyone, I’ve only just caught up with episodes and your comments. I’ve been keeping well away from anything that might have spoilers and I have successfully done that.
    I was really excited about this series and for me it has not disappointed. I really love Anna and wanted her to be in final 3 with Reynold and Jess. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. I would love to see Anna have her own show.
    Anyway, I will be watching it live tonight😊
    It would be awesome if Reynold or Jess win this.

    • Would have been fun to have had Anna as one of the new judges on MC 2024. She would have brought a lot of spirit and joy to the show.

      • I, 100% agree Smythe. I’ve always loved Masterchef, but, don’t know how I’ll cope with 2 weeks of the pompous, arrogent Jamie Oliver. 😩

        • I too find Jamie irritating but he is one of the few chefs where the dishes taste as good as they look and are easy to follow.
          I loved his 30 minute cookbook (none of the others – just that one).
          It’s a dilemma for me.
          A good cookbook, and a good cooking show, is hard to find. 🤷‍♂️

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