9:15pm – Wednesday, July 25 on ABC1
This week on Randling, is it a paint colour or is it a porn star? The Northern Thrusters and Roget’s Ramjets – Wendy Harmer, Benjamin Law, Robyn Butler and Rob Carlton – contemplate whether the hottest Ginger of all was on Gilligan’s Island, and why ‘adult movie’ scripts only seem to have vowel sounds. Other moments to look out for include: Wendy auditioning for series two of The Voice, Rob and Robyn adding another chapter to the history of rap, and a soft drink that guarantees 10,000 milligrams of pig placenta in every bottle.
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”.