There are possibly too many commentators on Nine’s books, but given the commentary team is headlined by John McEnroe and Jim Courier, you have more than enough analysis and opinion. With Ash Barty the No.1-ranked woman in the world, there’s an Australian ready to play home-grown hero (no pressure or anything), while the mercurial Nick Kyrgios can hopefully enjoy an extended run with his extravagant talents and pledge of $250 to bushfire relief for every ace he hits. Andy Lee, who is qualified for the gig, will be handling the light-hearted interview slot, and the only TV question remaining is which forthcoming Nine reality show is going to be over-promoted across two weeks of tennis.
Hughesy, We Have a Problem
Ten, Monday, 9pm
As an agony uncle corralling a panel of amusing folk, Dave Hughes is up to the fourth season of his irreverent comedy show. What’s become apparent along the way is that Hughesy, We Have a Problem is at its most interesting when there’s a genuine problem to be batted back and forth. Silly dilemmas or cheap punchline prompts can plague the run sheet, but when there’s social friction to the question it makes the pulses quicken and gags sharper.
This episode starts with a discussion of whether to hold Australia Day barbecues, and Indigenous comic Steph Tisdell chimes in with: “You’ve spotted it, I’m the token Aboriginal,” she says, subsequently getting in a cracker of a comeback even though the discussion is somewhat muted. A tendency to play it safe is potentially the program’s biggest problem.
Sex Tape UK
SBS Viceland, 9.25pm
In retrospect, was this where the reality television boom was always headed? In this frank British series, three couples with sexual issues impacting their relationships sit down together with a relationship expert to view a sex tape each has made and then discuss what it reveals. With too many pertinent puns to list, Sex Tape UK combines the night-vision camera and beneath-the-doona shagging aesthetic of Geordie Shore, the awkward counselling of Married at First Sight, and the let-it-all-hang-out approach of Big Brother. That is an unholy mix, but open to interpretation – for every audience member who sees the public revelations as brave, another will be writing it off as cheap smut.
Couple TJ and Tiffany try to come to terms with the slowdown in their sexual chemistry after eight years together, while married pair Diana and Ray – after plenty of smiling hints – show footage of his particular fetish, which in fact leaves her feeling diminished and distracted. Completed by gay married men Sam and Stevie, who lack the time to connect sexually, the group discussions moderated by Anjula Mutanda are risque but well-intentioned, and illustrate that what most people would consider an unbearable public admission can be cathartic once shared.