The Weekly with Charlie Pickering is an Australian satirical television news program presented by comedian Charlie Pickering. It originally co-starred Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flannagan. In series 5, Kitty left and was replaced by Judith Lucy. The show premiered on ABC on 22 April 2015.
The show starts with a cold open which consists of a short introduction to the guests and main stories coming up. The program's format has been compared to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, following a similar structure. Charlie Pickering delivers a selection of the past week's news stories interspersed with jokes. Similarly to The Daily Show, most episodes feature a cross to a specialised correspondent (including Adam Briggs, Loyiso Gola, Jonathan Pie, Tiff Stevenson, and Wyatt Cenac), and/or an interview with a guest. A previously prepared sketch, story or interview is usually presented by Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan/Judith Lucy.
Tropes used in The Weekly with Charlie Pickering:
- Confirmation Bias: Discussed by Charlie, in response to Senator Pauline Hanson encouraging parents to do their own research about vaccinations:Charlie: I agree: Pauline and her supporters should do their own research. If, by "research", they mean "carry out large scale observational studies and get them published in peer-reviewed academic journals". By all means, replicate the study of all children born in Denmark between 1991 and 1998 that found no association between autism and the MMR vaccine. But if by "research" you mean "have a bit of a Google and cherrypick what confirms your biases", that is the opposite of science. And while you're cherrypicking on the Internet, remember that science brought you the Internet. And the cherrypicker!
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Discussed in detail in a segment which included two clips of then-Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull making contradictory arguments - in one he argued that piracy would stop if Australians could get their media on time and affordably, in the other, he argued that the entertainment industry needed to get aggressive about suing individual downloaders (while pointing emphatically at the camera).Charlie: But which Malcolm is right? Happy Malcolm, or Pointy Malcolm? And isn't there some sort of Malcolm in the middle?
- Exact Words: Charlie looks at how Sunrise covered a story about a helicopter normally piloted by Prince William narrowly avoiding a mid-air collision with a drone. They clarified fairly early that the Prince wasn't even on board, but they continued to refer to it as "Prince William's helicopter" for the next two hours, claiming that he had "narrowly avoided" the crash.Charlie: Yeah, William narrowly avoided the helicopter crash, by being somewhere totally else, that wasn't in a helicopter.
- Flag Drop: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been known to appear at press conferences surrounded by as many as ten Australian flags, leading Charlie to conclude that he awards himself two extra flags every time he believes he's made Australia safer. Charlie then examines a series of gaffes regarding the enquiry into the Martin Place siege, penalising him two flags at a time until there's none left.Charlie: Failing to immediately to correct the Parliamentary record despite your office knowing Parliament had been misled? You're out of flags, Prime Minister. (The remaining flags are removed in the graphic.) Luckily, he doesn't pay attention to the poles.
- I'll Take Two Beers Too: When Charlie, Tom and Judith sit down to watch the 2019 election, Judith deposits 4 or 5 bottles of booze on the table then says "Well, I'm set. What are you boys having?".
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: In "The Murdoch Bunch" song, Charlie summarises Rupert Murdoch's press holdings thusly:He owned outlets round the world, watched by millions.
He also owned Sky News.
- Namesake Gag:
- According to Charlie, the Rod Laver Arena is named after tennis legend Rod Laver and Young Talent Time star Tina Arena.
- In another segment, Charlie talks with Kitty about the number of people who want to see the Margaret Court Arena renamed, due to tennis legend Margaret Court being an outspoken Heteronormative Crusader. Kitty mentions that she's wanted the name changed for years because it's more of a court than an arena, so it should really be the Margaret Court Court or simply the Margaret Court. She then goes off on a tangent about how she'd like to see an arena named after Tina Arena for the same reason, before rambling about a hypothetical same-sex marriage between Margaret Court and Tina Arena, which would result in the Margaret Court-Arena Court and the Tina Arena-Court Arena.
- Spin-Off: Tom Gleeson's quiz show Hard Quiz was spun out of his segment Hard Chat, though Tom himself claimed otherwise on the show itself.