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Cumberbatch's latest leaves bitter taste
Why do we have the excellent Benedict Cumberbatch in such an appalling role on our Sunday night screen? Drawn in by his talents, I watched the beginning of the first episode of Patrick Melrose but soon turned off. The main character plumbed the depths. Why was this series made? Is it to educate us on the pitfalls of drugs? Or the harm that can ensue when family relationships deteriorate? It is seriously depressing: certainly not entertainment!
Elaine O’Shannessy, Buxton

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular character in miniseries Patrick Melrose.Credit:BBC First

Spot the celebrity
The Masked Singers are so well disguised that I don't recognise most of them – even when they take off their masks. Celebrities?
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill

Perfect story
Australian Story's Perfect Strangers (ABC) was wonderful. How fortuitous that a mutual friend was able to introduce the couple who had just given up after 10 gruelling years of IVF, to another couple whose family was complete but wanted to give their frozen embryos away. It was delightful to watch the couple meet and instantly like each other. The end result was a beautiful baby boy for the childless couple and every member of the extended family was happy with outcome. Each Australian Story is better than the last.
Susan Munday, Bentleigh East

A change… for the inane?
"Change is as good as a holiday," they said. "It will be fun," they said. Well, I have tried Jacinta and Sami on the ABC for ages now and it's not a holiday and it's not fun! I have lived through silly and strident discussions of inane and lightweight topics such as "What did you do on your holidays?" We even had "debates" against high school students! On top of that, they're so noisy. It's 5:30 in the morning, I don't want to wake up to shouting and giggling. I know we can't have Red Symons back, but can we please have someone with dulcet tones and a little dignity to ease us into our day?
Julie Williams, Maribyrnong

Kick the habit
While Benedict Cumberbatch is without doubt a superb actor, I will not be following this new miniseries Patrick Melrose. The first episode, for most of the program, featured this posh, upper-crust man off his face for most of the day on a variety of hard drugs … it had no appeal whatsoever! I wonder if the next episodes will contain more heavy drug use?
Nigel Beresford, Drouin

Time to broaden horizons
It's about time The Drum caught up with the 21st century! Where is the coverage of women's issues, feminism, Indigenous issues, racism, gender and LGBTIQ issues, minority rights and some Sydney perspective in our daily lives?
Ross Beamsley, Moe

Thank you, Jon
Goodbye and thank you Jon Faine, for your incredible service to Melbourne radio listeners. I remember the day you took a call from a man who said he was dying – Steve Guest. The subsequent interview and debate kick-started a very important conversation in the Victorian community about assisted suicide as an option for terminally ill people, something which we have now finally achieved. You demonstrated how a really good current affairs program can have a positive influence on the development of public policy.
Bronwyn Benn, Burwood

Deborah Mailman, superstar
What an extraordinary program is Total Control. One minute in and I was totally captured by Deborah Mailman's believable, realistic and dynamic performance. She is simply fantastic – surely her best role yet? Awesome telly, I can't wait for the next episode!
Deb Hunt, Moonah

Reality TV
Utopia, like its older sibling Frontline, has the uncanny knack of timing the airing of new episodes when the issues dramatised are topical. A recent episode hilariously and cuttingly destroyed delusions that expensive mega-freeways solve traffic problems. Utopia's giant super-computer with cinema-sized screen revealed the truth: that building more roads will not unblock the CBD. Hope our pollies were taking notes.
Helen Tsoutsouvas, Balwyn North

Show me the movies
I'm with David Allen (Letters, 10/10): where are all the first-run shows? All we get are repeats of repeats of repeats. A channel named 7Flix should, by assumption, show movies – but on some days there are none. On October 15, through 21 channels (not counting SBS movies) there are only three movies on, ones that have been on 10 times before. No wonder people are switching to streaming services. We deserve better.
John Wallis, Bayswater North

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