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Author: Jim Schembri, BRAD NEWSOME
Date: 24/07/2003
Words: 491
          Publication: The Age
Section: Green Guide
Page: 26
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Neighbours

CHANNEL TEN, 6.30PM

Damn! And everything was going so nicely, too. Jarrod, formerly Toady (Ryan Moloney), is all set for the defining day of his life, marriage to Ramsay Street's reigning blonde beauty, Dee (Madeleine West). He's done some drinking, worn the goofy wig, had the traditional bucks' night initiation by being handcuffed to a bus stop. (It's either that or an engine block.) Dee has had her hens' night and it's been a very sedate affair, but that seems fitting. Dee is so looking forward to this event, it really makes you believe that love does conquer all, and that Madeleine West deserves some sort of special award for the level of conviction she has brought to her performance in what has got to be one of the toughest gigs ever in Oz soap history. The wedding goes well - it's a lovely outdoors affair - but when the limo won't start, Jarrod and Dee have to hit the road in . . . a different car. So they're driving along all happy and in love, then . . . something happens. What, I ain't saying, lest the producers send the boys around, but this is high-quality soap, folks, so you know I'm not talking about some burst radiator hose.-- Jim Schembri

PAY TV -- BRAD NEWSOME

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

OVATION, 9.30PM

This fantastic two-hour program, presented by Broadway writer and performer Clarke Peters, is both a history of the blues and a history of Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's love affair with them. Wyman, who now plays in his own blues band, recalls being turned on to Little Richard, Fats Domino and Elvis on military radio in Germany and how Elmore James's Dust My Broom knocked Brian Jones's world ``off its axis" and led directly to him meeting Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Wyman also talks about the Stones' associations with various blues artists, particularly Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley, and he chats on camera (all too briefly) with B. B. King and Buddy Guy. Wyman's sheer delight in the blues is infectious and the documentary shows some fantastic footage. A must-see for blues and Stones fans.

Crittercam

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, 6.30PM

This fast-paced documentary series fixes video cameras to various animals so we can see what they really get up to. Tonight it's off to Costa Rica, where Australian scientist Richard Reina is studying the fast-dwindling numbers of leatherback turtles. The giant reptiles - they weigh an average of 400 kilograms - could be extinct within 30 years. Tens of thousands have been killed by fishing nets and poachers have taken ``nearly every egg" laid in Central America for the past 20 years. We learn some interesting facts about the turtles (they store oxygen in their body tissue because their lungs collapse on dives of up to 700 metres) and the Crittercam team wind up getting some apparently world-first footage of a male leatherback trying to mate with an unresponsive female.

 
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