Trend Spotting: Australian TV Shows Taking Over Indian Programming, Mate!

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The two Tims of Roam!
Neighbours
Neighbours

Do you remember a tiny, bright-eyed and bushy-haired nymphet with a weird accent light up our television screens in the early 1990’s when (the then) Star TV aired the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours? Yes, I’m talking about the impishly cute Kylie Minogue —dressed in late 80’s fashions, replete with plastic hoop earrings, neon hot pants and T-shirts with built-in shoulder pads—starring as Charlene Mitchell in the aforementioned soap. The set-in-a-beachy-town-of Summer Bay-soap Home and Awayalso on Star TV was another popular show that had us glued to the television screens enjoying the antics of the Brady Bunch-esque Fletcher family. With these shows, it was also the first time that the Indian television audience was introduced to all the ‘Wonder from Down Under’ including the broad, disemvoweled Aussie accent and to the typical Australian predilection to address everybody as “mate”… irrespective of gender!

Masterchef Australia Season 4
Masterchef Australia Season 4

But sadly our tryst with Australian television programming came to an end once the two soaps wound up, never to return—not even as re-runs. Replaced by more glossy, slickly packaged shows from the US, Aussie shows were relegated to the status of relics of the past, only to be remembered whenever we saw Kylie in her now mega pop-diva avatar ‘spinning around’ and doing ‘the locomotion’, causing us to remark,  “do you remember when Kylie used to be on that Australian soap, Neighbours?” But over the last few years, we’ve seen the tides change once again; brining a cornucopia of Australian shows a-lapping on our desi shores. You would have to be hibernating under a rock if you haven’t heard of Masterchef Australia and its ‘mini me’ spin off Junior Masterchef. So popular is this Star World-aired reality cookery show, that its US counterpart, Masterchef USAwas rejected outright by us with extremely low TRP ratings. We were too much in love with the Aussie version to take a shine to any other.

Poh's Kitchen
Poh’s Kitchen

Poh’s Kitchen on TLC is another popular Australian cookery show hosted by the effervescent-like-lime-fizz Poh Ling Yeow, who incidentally was the runner up of Masterchef Australia’s debut season.  Still on the Aussie food show bandwagon (or should I say trolly!?), The Best in Australia on TLC, My Kitchen Rules on Zee Café, Surfing the Menu on TLC, Cheese Slices on TLC, Food Safari (and its spin offs—French Food Safari and Italian Food Safari) on Fox Traveller and Donna Hay – Fast, Fresh and Simple on TLCare changing the way we look at food forever.

The two Tims of Roam!
The two Tims of Roam!

Australian travel shows as well seem to be keeping us entertained as we vicariously globetrot with the two Tims (Tim Doyle and Tim Charody) in Roam on Fox Traveller, with travel journalist David Whitehill in Escape on Fox Traveller and with the motley bunch of fun hosts—including one of Australia’s favourite singers, Kate Ceberano —who present to us the world like never before on the show Getaway also on Fox Traveller.

Meet the Rafter Family
Meet the Rafter Family

As for family dramas, we’re all just about getting introduced to the Rafter family in the recently debuted Packed to the Rafters on Star World that even has the ‘Indian King of Family Dramas’ aka Karan Johar’s endorsement. Reality TV shows from Australia like Australia’s Next Top Model on Big CBS Love and Bondi Rescue on TLC too have been making us sit up and take notice as do other reality shows like The BlockRSPCA Animal Rescue and Surf Patrol on the Australian Network channel. I just have one small question regarding this apparent Aussie invasion. Are some of us prepared to shed our roll-the-‘R’ pseudo American accents thanks to so much exposure to US television shows and take on the Australian ‘ocker’ drawl?  “Fair dinkum”, I say… and “good on ya, Mate!” Images courtesy: Star World, Fox Traveller and TLC

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.