8:30pm – Wednesday, July 11 on ABC1
This week on Randling, a very special Either Or. We won’t ruin the surprise by telling you what it is, but let us be clear: it may be simultaneously the hardest and yet stupidest so far. Attempting to scale its impossible north face are the Ducks of War and The Southern Furies: Felicity Ward, Heath Franklin, Michael Williams and Julia Zemiro. Other things to watch out for include: some rather rude airport identification codes, the terror of the Thought Grenade and the even greater terror of this week’s Hard Sell invention, the ‘Apparatus For Facilitating The Birth Of A Child By Centrifugal Force’.
Randling, created for ABC1 by Andrew Denton and Jon Casimir, the gentlemen behind The Gruen Transfer, is a game show that hearkens back to the good old days when a point was a point and a team was something worth barracking for.
Using sporting competition as inspiration and framework, Randling pits ten amazing teams against each other over 27 rounds of bone-crunching combat. All of it hurtling towards the 2012 Randling Grand Final and the presentation of a trophy which has cost the ABC so much cash that from next year, Four Corners will be Three Corners And A Gap.
White-water rafting for the brain, Randling is a show where smart people can be funny and funny people can be smart, where actual knowledge may help you, but just as likely won’t. It’s a cheeky, surprising show that allows Mr Denton to live up to his hosting motto: “I’m Andrew and I’m not here to help”.