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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 25, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE E3 winnipegfreepress. com ENTERTAINMENT SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015 E 3 Directions Pat potatoes dry with paper towels. In a large bowl; toss potatoes with oil. In medium bowl; mix breadcrumbs, chives, celery salt, garlic powder and rosemary. Coat potato wedges with mixture. Spread on greased baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 F ( 200 C) oven for 40 minutes or until golden. Servings: 4 Metric Ingredients Imperial 6 potatoes, unpeeled, cut into wedges 6 15 ml oil 1 tbsp 50 ml dry breadcrumbs 1/ 4 cup 10 ml fresh chives, chopped 2 tsp 5 ml celery salt 1 tsp 1 ml garlic powder 1/ 4 tsp 2 ml fresh rosemary, chopped 1/ 2 tsp CRUNCHY POTATO WEDGES GET TICKETS NOW! GREYCUPTICKETS. CA 204- 784- 7448 485 Berry Street 204- 953- 2345 www. danielsgourmetkitchenware. ca d. a. Niels For the true coffee lover. Great Coffee Brewers From the Technivorm Moccamaster and Bonavita drip brewers to the Chemex pour over. If someone you know has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, we’re here to help. Call 204- 943- 6622 or 1- 800- 378- 6699 or visit us online at alzheimer. mb. ca TODAY ON TV T HERE’S an old joke, adopted freely by pretty much every comedian who’s ever toured Down Under, about arriving at the airport and having an Australian customs agent ask if you have a criminal record. “ I didn’t know one was still required,” is the answer/ punchline that reliably gets a mid- sized laugh from the segment of the audience that understands Australia’s early history as a British penal colony. That history is on display — not as a punchline, but as the backdrop for a decidedly joke- free historical drama — in the Brit- import series Banished , which has its Canadian première Monday at 9 p. m. on CBC. The seven- part drama, created and written by Jimmy McGovern ( Cracker , The Street ), takes place in 1788, shortly after the first boatload of convicts arrived in what would eventually become New South Wales. The conditions are harsh, but the new arrivals — prisoners and their British Army keepers alike — are a hardy bunch ( and, it should be noted, also incredibly good- looking; it seems being a thief in 18th- century England must have been a job with an excellent dental plan). The prison camp is under the supervision of Major Ross ( Joseph Millson), a ruthless commander who’s inclined to embrace any opportunity to gather the masses to witness a flogging or a hanging. Fortunately for the convict population, the new settlement’s governor, Arthur Phillip ( David Wenham), is a more idealistic and kind- hearted fellow who would rather apply reason than the rod in most situations. When the story opens, female convict Elizabeth Quinn ( MyAnna Buring) is caught running from the men’s quarters, having snuck in to spend the night with her lover, Tommy Barrett ( Julian Rhind- Tutt). Dalliances between prisoners are forbidden — it’s Major Ross’s position that the women “ belong” to the soldiers, because keeping the troops’ morale up in such a godforsaken place is crucial, and available sexual outlets are an essential part of that effort. Ross issues an order for Liz to be flogged — 25 lashes’ worth — in the belief that her man, whom she refuses to identify, will rush to her defence and can then be arrested and hanged for his indiscretion. At the urging of his friends, who have been alerted by imprisoned Liz of the major’s plan, Tommy remains silent as the woman he loves endures the full flesh- tearing beating. Meanwhile, Tommy’s pal James Freeman ( Russell Tovey) is planning more direct justice for the camp’s resident convict blacksmith, a gigantic bully who’s been stealing James’ rations for several days. The governor has been made aware of the thievery, but has turned a blind eye because the blacksmith’s work is essential to the camp. For the prisoners, life in Australia is a series of no- win propositions — sleep with a female convict, you hang; exact a bit of revenge from fellow inmate, you hang. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, the mere perception of wrongdoing can find you dangling at the end of a rope. It isn’t all desolation and desperation, of course. Banished does find a slightly steamy and decidedly soapy way to advance the romantic and revenge- driven storylines, and by the end of the second episode, the lives of the prisoners and their military keepers experience some intriguing twists and turns. As the clash of attitudes — Ross’s ruthlessness vs. Phillips’ reason — intensifies at the top, the camp’s food supply is compromised and the governor is forced to cut rations, which pushes the already on- edge settlement to the brink of an uprising. With its emphasis on romance and fundamental struggles between good and evil, Banished presents a sanitized version of life in the 18th- century penal colony. It also offers viewers — much to the chagrin of Australian critics who have panned the series — a new land in which the existence of an indigenous population is never recognized beyond the occasional mention of “ natives” as thieves and rapists. It’s clear that this was never intended to be history lesson. As a frothy costumed drama, however, Banished does a decent job of creating characters and stories that could hold some viewers captive for the balance of the summer. brad. oswald@ freepress. mb. ca Twitter: @ BradOswald CFL Football The Bombers follow up last week’s heartbreaking loss in Calgary with another road game in front of another hostile crowd in another Alberta city. With a win in Edmonton, the Bombers would move to 3- 2, in the thick of the Western- Conference battle. TSN, 6 p. m. Lavalantula Steve Guttenberg stars as a washed- up action hero who battles giant lava- breathing tarantulas that emerge from volcanos. The campy sci- fi movie also stars fellow Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow. Space, 8 p. m. Hell on Wheels Cullen Bohannon ( Anson Mount) encounters new allies and faces new challenges as he works on the railroad in the Central Pacific. In this fifth and final season of the drama, Bohannon searches for his wife and family. AMC, 8 p. m. Just for Laughs: All Access Comedy Network presents an all- new standup special featuring some of the funniest comedians in the biz. The program includes performances by Nikki Glaser, Mark Forward, Paul Virzi and Kurt Metzger, as well as behind- thescenes footage. Comedy, 9 p. m. WATCHING TV BRAD OSWALD Women glow, men plunder in Aussie series Period piece puts pretty face on penal colony TV Review Banished . Starring MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind- Tutt, Russell Tovey, Joseph Millson and David Wenham . Monday at 9 p. m. . CBC š š š 1 . 2 out of five Top, from left, MyAnna Buring, Julian Rhind- Tutt and Russell Tovey play convicts banished from England and sent to prison Down Under. Above, Buring and Adam Nagaiti. CBC PHOTOS E_ 03_ Jul- 25- 15_ FT_ 01. indd E3 7/ 24/ 15 3: 00: 17 PM

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