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Best of the web: July 16, 2016

Caroline Aherne in The Mrs Merton Show, and Rialto Channel's local documentary series.

Caroline Aherne.
Caroline Aherne.

RIP MRS MERTON: We’re sorry to hear of the death of comedian, actor and writer Caroline Aherne, creator of The Royle Family. Aherne was also known for mock chat show The Mrs Merton Show, in which her grey-haired host asked faux naive questions of her guests. Her interview with George Best, in which she asks, “Did you ever think when you were a little kid, knocking a ball about in Belfast, that one day you’d be famous in every pub in Britain?” is a classic.

HOME TRUTHS: Sky’s Rialto Channel is screening a series of local documentaries this month, presented by Karyn Hay. They include Into the Void, a doco about the Christchurch heavy metal outfit that includes artist Ronnie van Hout, whose giant hand with a face currently adorns the roof of the Christchurch Art Gallery. There’s also Act of Kindness, in which Sven Pannell returns to Rwanda and No More Heroes, about the early history of skateboarding in NZ.

SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. The seven seasons of beloved series Gilmore Girls, the fast-talking, pop-culture referencing, literature-nerd series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, have at last arrived on Netflix. It was a breakthrough show for Lauren Graham and Melissa McCarthy, who return for a limited series revival this year.

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