Gogglebox Australia

Gogglebox best bits: Rock-stars, bushrangers, and rev heads

On TV this week is James Clarkson's new big-budget version of Top Gear, and tales of Australian rock-star and bushranger icons.

This week, the Goggleboxers witnessed two questionable characters return to the TV spotlight. Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is back (despite his history of politically incorrect commentary) with a glossy, big-budget version of his former gig called The Grand Tour.

And on A Current Affair, Pauline Hanson is proposing a triple 6 prefix to thwart overseas phone scammers – a good idea maybe, despite her long history of terrible ones.

Back waxing

On the finale of The Block, there seems to be a mountain of things to get done in just two short days. For Lee, this is excruciating. “Let’s see how many times they turn around and say they won’t get it finished,” she comments.

Even so, as the clock ticks furiously there is time to book contestant Wombat in for a back and chest wax. Miraculously too, there was also ample time for a milkshake, a hen’s night, and backyard cricket. In the end, the judges picked out Wombat’s simplified front garden – and the team is gifted an overnight stay in Lorne as their prize.  

This is your life: Ned Kelly

The Goggleboxers also tuned in to Foxtel’s new Australian history series Lawless, which promises an intriguing look at the bush legends of our past. Episode one delves into Ned Kelly’s infamous 1820 shoot-out with the Victorian police.

Interestingly, the show pairs up one of Kelly’s descendants with a descendant of one of the Victorian police sergeants Kelly gunned down. There’s an animated historian thrown in to the mix too – and a lot to uncover about what really happened that day in the bush. 

Everyone agrees men’s facial hair fashion has come full circle – and that the nation's hipsters have clearly modelled their look on Ned Kelly’s bushranger beard.

A rock legend

Following the string of tragic, heartbreaking, and revealing rock and popstar documentaries (think Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Amy Winehouse), Channel 7 decided to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the death of Australian rock legend Michael Hutchence with a tribute style doco.

There was the time he dated Kylie, and then his relationship with Paula Yates and the birth of their daughter Tiger Lily. His star power was phenomenal and INXS has a special place in everyone’s heart.

Adam and Symon agree the two-part show was one of the best rock-star homage documentaries they’ve seen to date.

See some unseen laughs and best season 6 moments from Lee and Keith here:

Gogglebox is on Lifestyle on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

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