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TV review: Scottish Vets Down Under and The Last Dance

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Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford in Scottish Vets Down Under

You’d think British people would have learned by now that going to Australia isn’t a good idea.

The entire continent is teeming with animals desperate to end our lives in a variety of painful ways, whether it’s the native arachnids trying to inject deadly venom into your exposed arm or crocodiles gnawing on your leg like we would a chicken drumstick, there’s not much there that likes us.

You can’t even swim for it without being targeted by an Antipodean relative of Jaws.

Ignoring that advice and doing their best to get closer to the infernal wildlife of Oz are two Scottish vets.

Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford are best friends who have traded Scotland for the bushlands of Australia.

Their journey is charted in a 12-part series, Scottish Vets Down Under.

The pair are exposed to the legendary Aussie banter, which is an acquired taste – it’s mostly based on massive understatement delivered with a straight face.

Local wildlife rescue volunteer Neil turns up with some of said Aussie banter and what he describes as “a wee budgie” for Dr Chris.

It is in fact one of Australia’s most iconic birds, the wedge-tailed eagle, an avian with claws like stilettos.

The series got off to a gently enjoyable start with said sick avian. It begs the question, though – is an ill eagle against the law?

Scottish Vets Down Under, BBC Scotland, Mon


The Last Dance, Netflix, streaming now

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Michael Jordan

When it comes to knowing things about basketball I am most assuredly not your man. I know you try to put the ball through the hoop, and that Space Jam star Michael Jordan was also a real basketball legend.

Yet even that most meagre knowledge is more than is needed to enjoy Netflix’s documentary about the Chicago Bulls’ dramatic 1997-98 season.

The real-life story about sporting ambition will keep you gripped but it is Jordan himself, a supernatural talent with a burning will to win, no matter who he upsets – is what you won’t forget.

An outstanding portrait of a man even taller than his towering 6ft 6in frame.