Channel 10 promised that its new breakfast show Wake Up would be the biggest shake-up in morning television for years. And if they were referring to its realistic depiction of Australian life, they were spot on.
Here are six reasons why Wake Up is more true to life than its competitors Sunrise and Today.
1. The 5 a.m. start
It’s about time Australian breakfast television recognised that people with kids don’t get up at 6 o’clock. As if! Wake Up starts at 5 a.m. with either Natasha Exelby or James Mathison sitting crankily on a couch with a 3 year old. And we just love how they take turns each morning to be the one who has to get up with the wide awake infant.
2. The staggered arrivals
Just like in real life, the Wake Up cast aren’t up and about at the same time. In a recent episode James was up with the infant since 5 a.m. and Natasha didn’t emerge until after 7 a.m. The look on James’ face when Natasha said, “Thanks for the sleep-in” was gold!
3. The news segment
We all know the news is important but we also know the kids talk over the top of it whenever it’s on. Having Natarsha Belling do news updates whilst a couple of children argue next to her is so honest and true that it made us cry the first time we saw it.
4. The school lunch segment
The celebrity chef format is an extremely tired one. That’s why it’s so refreshing to have guests help make the school lunches with the hosts. It takes forever, of course, but that’s what happens at home when you’re constantly being interrupted by stupid questions.
5. The production design
Sure, the cast are wearing designer pyjamas but at least they are pyjamas. So much more realistic than the collared shirts, dresses and suits (!!!) you see people wearing on Today and Sunrise. And we love how the production staff can be seen hurriedly tidying the set during the show, just like you would if you suddenly had guests first thing in the morning.
6. The pets
First. Breakfast. Show. With. Pets.
Wow. And the animals have to be fed during the show too. And did you see the dog moult all over Joe Hockey? Live television at its best.
We could go on and on but you get the picture.
Hopefully Channel 10 keeps its nerve and continues with this groundbreaking piece of breakfast television. It would be so sad if next time we turned on Wake Up it was just a group of annoyingly sunny people chatting awkwardly around a table.