Two shows next week are worth more than just pointing out
TWO new shows are coming up next week that I want to draw your attention to - and they could not be at any further ends of the spectrum.
Next Sunday at 8.30pm, SBS One is screening a Monty Python reunion, Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go.
Momentous doesn't even begin to describe this one. It is the first reunion on stage in 30 years for John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
Filmed in July on the final night of 10 sold-out performances in London, this is the comedy troupe's last stand.
Word is some of their much-loved sketches make an appearance, including 'The Four Yorkshiremen', 'The Spam Sketch', 'The Albatross' and the infamous 'Dead Parrot Sketch'.
And of course "The Lumberjack Song" will still be stuck in your head come Monday morning.
The show also features Flying Circus film clips, ensemble dance routines and a live orchestra.
It's bound to be absurdly brilliant.
Then we have Ten premiering Gold Coast Cops the next night, September 29, at 7.30pm.
High, prime-time praise for an untested show, that timeslot; so you get the feeling the network is confident about this one.
It is narrated by Samuel Johnson, who is a perfect choice given that most of us last remember him as Leon in the police drama Rush.
The 10-part observational documentary follows a core team of 12 officers from the elite Rapid Action and Patrols Group taskforce (RAP).
Established after the infamous Broadbeach bikie Brawl in September 2013, the taskforce strives to "combat organised crime and keep Australia's number one holiday destination safe from harm".
Of course the 12 are typically cast, carrying descriptors like "pocket rocket", "family man" and "people person". But there's a good mix of genders and personalities.
And let's face it, this is the Gold Coast: the crime will be nasty, the criminals dodgy and the scenery spectacular.