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Michael Idato is the culture editor-at-large of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Undone and exposed, the thrilling ending to Nicole Kidman's HBO drama
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Undone and exposed, the thrilling ending to Nicole Kidman's HBO drama

The final episode of The Undoing gave the year's best TV murder mystery a nail-biting finish.

  • by Michael Idato

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In the Star Wars universe, Moff Gideon is an unstoppable force

Giancarlo Esposito shines as The Mandalorian's big bad guy Moff Gideon.

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Good evening. Goodbye to Willoughby.

Good evening. Goodbye to Willoughby.

The closure of Nine's TCN studio in Willoughby marks the end of an era in Australian television.

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Bringing the drama down under, The Crown breaks the spell of a royal moment in time

Bringing the drama down under, The Crown breaks the spell of a royal moment in time

The fourth season of The Crown comes to Australia, via Spain, in a compelling recreation of Charles and Diana's 1983 tour.

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America's never-ending election calls time in just 16 minutes

America's never-ending election calls time in just 16 minutes

In an industry where program hosts take much of the glory, "magic wall" data crunching became the breakout star of rolling TV election coverage.

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60 Minutes trailblazer and legendary TV producer Gerald Stone dead

60 Minutes trailblazer and legendary TV producer Gerald Stone dead

The journalist, television producer and author was 87.

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Pundits, proxies and pills: America's election TV overload

Pundits, proxies and pills: America's election TV overload

In the most election-obsessed nation on earth, TV networks have dial up the bunting and brass bands as Trump and Biden enter the home straight.

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Nostalgia, gunslingers and Baby Yoda: this is the way

Nostalgia, gunslingers and Baby Yoda: this is the way

If the first season of The Mandalorian was a test of the audience's appetite for Star Wars nostalgia, the second season serves up the main course.

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No time to die: remembering Sean Connery's life and career

No time to die: remembering Sean Connery's life and career

The Scottish-born actor was the first, and some would argue best, James Bond.

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A small force to be reckoned with: how Baby Yoda upended Star Wars

A small force to be reckoned with: how Baby Yoda upended Star Wars

The success of The Mandalorian, and its diminutive puppet star, has reset the future of the Star Wars franchise.

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The dark distorted world of Nicole Kidman's new TV murder mystery

The dark distorted world of Nicole Kidman's new TV murder mystery

Director Susanne Bier's The Undoing, which stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, is a compelling whodunit where every detail matters.

  • by Michael Idato