Winning ways with analysis and chat
Well done to SBS for their coverage of the US tennis finals and La Vuelta bike racing. In particular, thanks for the high quality of the commentary. The tennis had no pointless, meaningless statistics, but rather analysis. La Vuelta has the excellent commentary of the Aussies Matthew Keenan and David McKenzie providing both analysis and interesting chat about the competitors. Also, the Spanish scenery makes me want to jump on a plane.
Greig Morris, Tullamarine
Participants are the show, no contest
Why do Australian shows copy the original English versions but make it all about the comperes? Pointless is hopeless with Mark Humphries. He is a comedian. When will they learn to stick with the English version in which the contestants are the show, not the compere.
Bev Miles, Raleigh
Bang the drum
To enjoy an incredibly interesting and informative discussion on freedom of speech, tune in to The Drum (September 7) on iview. Excellent work ABC, thanks to the diverse panel and the clear and professional stewardship of Julia Baird.
Greg Curtin, Blackburn South
Credit due for commercial channels
Strewth, is The Age Green Guide just praise for the ABC? l am sure l saw a clever, funny show on a commercial channel. Can a GG reader remember what it was?
James Lane, Hampton East
A question of timing
I was always a fan of Arrested Development but it was shown at odd times; as were Scrubs and Brooklyn Nine Nine. I suppose all somewhat quirky shows never get the ratings, so are treated as lesser citizens … so to speak.
Marie Nash, Balwyn
Bachelor behaviour unbecoming
My wife watches The Bachelor. But while keeping her company during one episode I was disgusted by the absolute bullying by two of the contestants towards another. That Channel Ten would allow such behaviour states much about the depths they will stoop to for ratings.
Ange Kenos, Niddrie
Poor spectator sport
The Front Bar is often an entertaining and witty show but guest Dermott Brereton (September 5) took it to an all-time low as he detailed his violent exploits on the football field. Replays of thuggery were met with roars of laughter as the panellists celebrated Brereton's attempts to render opposition players unconscious. Pathetic that this attitude to ''sport'' was never challenged by the panel.
Laraine Stephens, Beaumaris
Thank-you so much, SBS, for once again giving us some free to air coverage of the tennis. A lot of people cannot afford pay TV and SBS have given us the opportunity to watch some wonderful tennis.
Helen Tinning, Geelong West
Intelligent, incisive interviewer
The Four Corners interview by Sarah Ferguson on September 3 was a credit to her. Steve Bannon's approach to economic pragmatism would be alien to current Australian values, and philosophically he represents a view which we do not now share. In his attempts to direct the interview towards his divisive political and economic agenda, Sarah was able to hold her ground. She is an intelligent, knowledgable and incisive interviewer, and a great asset in continuing international respect for the ABC.
Rob Sneddon, Toorak
Turn novels into tele-movies
The late Peter Corris was one of Australia's most productive authors, most famous for writing the Cliff Hardy detective novels, more than 40 of which were written. Why not produce a series of Cliff Hardy tele-movies, which could become as popular as the Doctor Blake TV series?
Malcolm Webster, Boronia
Disappointment on repeat
The ABC sort of gives you a sense of national pride, says an ABC promo. I don't think so – the 47th repeat of Grand Designs circa 2012 in the 6pm time slot? That's British and we are totally bored by it. Before that we watched umpteen weeks of Think Tank repeats. I don't feel that sense of national pride, I feel a great disappointment!
Margaret Skeen, Point Lonsdale