An Unlikely Hero: The Australian TV Show Saving Lives

What do Australia, Colombia and Azerbaijan have in common? For those of you that answered ‘drug trafficking scandals’, you’re technically not wrong, however, the three countries actually have a far less sinister connection… The Australian-developed Bondi Rescue is a surf lifesaving TV program that follows the daily activities of lifesavers on Sydney’s renowned Bondi Beach….

Lost in Translation: Beware the Comedy Adaptation

“Comedy is by far the most difficult genre, the one that demands the most work, the most talent, and also the most humility.’- Francois Truffaut Despite its on-screen levity, comedy has been known for decades as a deceptively difficult genre to successfully produce. Even more so, the art of adapting comedy programs for transnational viewing…

The Biggest Loser: The International Format’s Fall From Grace

Throughout this week, we have explored the ‘catch-all’ entertainment category known as reality television (TV). Reality TV describes an incredibly broad range of programs, all which feature ‘ordinary’ people in often extraordinary circumstances or situations. The Australian public has no shortage of reality television options, with more programs allocated to prime time than ever before….