Gogglebox Australia

Googlebox best bits: Time for something new

Though the week on TV following the finale of The Bachelorette and The Block might have seemed dull, the Goggleboxers watched a set of new shows, and Lee and Keith have a brand new couch.

It was a pretty rough week for the government with the High Court revealing that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s dual citizenship does make him unfit for Aussie Parliament, however, things on Australian TV were a little less serious.

Alongside a new cooking show, a new quiz show, and a quirky new Australian drama, was a documentary deep dive in Queen Victoria’s rather obscure private life and partiality for 19th-century illicit substances.

Fun for the whole family

Channel 9 brought together six families for a brand new, high energy cooking show with ARIA chef Matt Moran. On Family Food Fight, there’s a tonne of excitement and a lot of running around – and even though one chef-slash-dad sets fire to his steak, it’s still undercooked and not quite the hearty family feast the judges had in mind.

Naturally, Anastasia backs her fellow Greeks – while Matty, Sarah Marie, and Jad get behind the Lebanese sisters. In the end, it's the Sharouk sisters' baklava that takes the top prize for the episode. 

Sort of sisters

Meanwhile, on Channel 10 a new Australian drama was unveiled. While it kicks off a little like HBO's Girls - starring normal-looking girl Julie - Sisters has a slightly stranger bent. 

When she's not going on awkward Tinder dates, Julie looks after her dying grandfather (Barry Otto). Chaos and/or comedy ensues when grandpa reveals his IVF experiment may mean Julie has 70 odd brothers and sisters. Turns out a Tinder date is a potential sibling, and as Adam put it, the show "turned Game of Thrones real fast." 

Magda v the haters

For Q&A's special same-sex marriage debate, Magda Szubanski responded to no-voters' qualms about being labeled haters and bigots.

While Magda believes we need to establish and expand the more moderate live-and-let-live middle ground - for Tom, the no-voters argument seems irrelevant where the LGBTI community has suffered hate-speech since time immemorial. Isabelle agrees the topic takes the focus off what the debate is really about. 

And as Lee and Keith (#couplegoals) put it, "Why can't everyone be happy - like we're happy?".

Gogglebox is on Lifestyle on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

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