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The one where the girls head out for Kath’s hen’s night at a pumping club and end up with temporarily altered personalities after downing blue cocktails is a classic episode of Jane Turner’s and Gina Riley’s early 2000s suburban Melbourne sitcom. The abundant props gags are still so good it doesn’t even matter that half of Kath’s wardrobe is now ironically hip. Kel’s contrasting buck’s night with Brett is a gorgeous bit of manbonding – until things go pear-shaped there, too.

7.7 Billion People and Counting

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7.7 BILLION PEOPLE AND COUNTING

★★★½

9.35pm, SBS

British naturalist Chris Packham, who lives alone with poodles in a forest, starts difficult conversations about the population crisis. Predictions of 10 billion people by 2050 have him panicked, and so he consults experts, including Sir David Attenborough, and travels to places where the problem is most evident. He also considers such contentious areas as longevity and IVF. Surveying the damage to the planet, it’s hard to argue with his observation that, “Everything’s beautiful but us”.

The cast of <i>Desperate Housewives</i>.

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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

★★★½

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Remember when it was considered acceptable enough to name a TV show Desperate Housewives? And there was only a shred of faux shame associated with greedily tuning in each week to watch bored, rich women catfighting, sometimes to the death? Relive those pre-Me Too days with all eight seasons of the 2000s drama available here to binge. A warning to the uninitiated: the outrageous characters and twisty plots make this a highly addictive super-soap.

Bridget McManus is a television writer and critic for Green Guide. She was deputy editor of Green Guide from 2006 to 2010 and now also writes features and interviews for Life & Style in The Saturday Age and M magazine in The Sunday Age.

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