Christmas Island race riots
Channel Nine, Sunday, 9.30pm
Sorry, Santa. You can’t prevent us airing this. Channel Nine has shown a clip from the forthcoming Nine Presents documentary, A Story of Race, Protest and Protest, which includes a conversation between presenter Mike Willesee and Jakelin Caal Maquin, the seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who was forced to flee her home at the end of August amid a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants bound for the US. The clip shows a tearful Jakelin meeting her brother, other relatives and friends in the international terminal of the Gold Coast airport. She doesn’t speak English and tells Willesee she is escaping because “they took my life away from me”. Other footage shows white supremacists, left and right, chanting, “build that wall” at protesters during the Indigenous Day march and at the opening of an Australian Border Force (ABF) station on Christmas Island, for which they carry out operations allegedly targeting asylum seekers and refugees.
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
Running through all the new reality shows on our screens this autumn is a longing for a primetime break from the likes of The Apprentice, I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and The X Factor. Late-night would be a nice option, but even a lame at 2am does a much better job of ignoring middle-aged white men on camels than the battle of the popstars. Being older and wiser, Bear Grylls can get away with the sillier stuff, even if it does make you feel like you’re embarking on one of those epic reality show escape jobs.
MTV has been releasing days before it goes live on Hulu to the US, Canada and Australia for quite some time, and on day two of its broadcasting of seasons three and four, it is offering some of the premiere episodes online in the UK and Australia. Which is great. However, it is also odd that the first show to hit when episode three debuted on Netflix contains nearly nine minutes of one thing. The Beach is US broadcaster Lifetime’s six-part series in which five strangers are forced to live on the shores of Thailand while competing in water sports and stunts for a $100,000 prize. In this episode, Nick Carter, from the Backstreet Boys, is put through his paces at the surf and swim schools before tackling a fierce seven-metre springboard in what looks like a damp cave.
A Long Way From Vegas
Channel 5, 9pm
Michael Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medallist, is more active than anyone else when it comes to pursuing other avenues in the world of TV – he’s currently working on a new diving reality series, Phelps vs Shark – but he also is the luckiest athlete in the universe. His sojourn to Las Vegas was for a new reality series, A Long Way From Vegas, which is basically Mark Burnett’s ridiculous Celebrity Apprentice. Michael, along with other athletes such as “New York Knicks legend” Patrick Ewing and roller derby champion Shawn Panoski, will be tasked with setting up a team that will earn a prize for charity, with no limits.