MKR serving up conflict on a budget

Congratulations, you have almost made it to “After Easter”, when television executives wipe the chocolate from their faces and decide to drip-feed the big shows back into the system.
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The biggest this season is My Kitchen Rules (Seven, 7.30pm), with an audience that has grown like well-rested pasta dough. Apologies. So big is this franchise now that Seven has decided to run “special episodes” starring guest judge Colin Fassnidge in a bid to undercut the return of Nine’s The Voice. But that’s for next week.

On Monday, MKR gets back into kitchen HQ with a challenge that will set series villains Ashlee and Sophia against . . . well, everybody, really. Most specifically, it seems that since the demise of Angela and Melina, the feuding knife has been passed on to Jenna and Joanna.

Spoiler alert: I’m about to reveal the budget for their team challenge. Each couple has to serve up a meal for four that costs just $10.

“Ten dollars! That’s like $2.50 each,” Elle says helpfully. Yep – or five bucks for two, just to clear it up even further. No matter which way you break down that difficult equation, the answer is television-friendly tension in the supermarket.

While much of Australia will enjoy their hot cross bun hangover in front of MKR, another couple of series returns are equally impressive.

I must confess I came to Game of Thrones (Showtime) for the naked ladies, but I’ve stayed for the glorious political intrigue. And the naked ladies.

If you haven’t seen the first two series of this multi-layered drama set in the bleak imagined landscape of Westeros and Essos, you may struggle to catch up with the arrival of series three “express from the US”. It may be a little like meeting up with the party in the pub after you’ve come from the office and they’ve been at a long lunch. They’ll appear to be speaking a different language, there will be the chance of conflict. And you might see naked ladies.

Peter Dinklage as the dwarf Tyrion Lannister is a personal favourite, despite his role said to be slightly less dominant this time around. He is evil, but he also has comic one-liners – a great combination.

Let’s get this straight: yes, there are naked ladies. But the women in this series tend to hold the positions of power. Terrific stuff.

Keeping clothes on is more important in Mad Men (SBS, 9.30pm), given that it’s pretty much suit porn. The look of this show remains delicious. It’s probably unfortunate that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his cohorts look so good smoking cigarettes like there’s no tomorrow. Or fewer tomorrows, anyway.

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