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Christian couple Sam and Nia at heart of new Netflix doco about adulterous website Ashley Madison

Clare RigdenSTM
Sam and Nia, pictured here, are at the heart of a new Netflix doco about adulterous website, Ashley Madison
Camera IconSam and Nia, pictured here, are at the heart of a new Netflix doco about adulterous website, Ashley Madison Credit: Supplied/Netflix

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Scandal

Streaming now on Netflix

Sam and Nia are a young Christian married couple from the States who got super famous when a video of them singing the Frozen song, Love is an Open Door, in a car with their toddler went viral — they became YouTube stars pretty much overnight.

But away from the cameras, it seems Sam was taking the words in that song to heart, having affair after affair after affair, often using the online infidelity site Ashley Madison, to facilitate his hookups.

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The couple are featured in an addictive three-part Netflix doco, which is all about the cyber attack Ashley Madison endured back in 2015, when the personal details of its 37 million adulterous users (Sam included) became public property via a data leak on the dark web.

As an official release reads, the show is all about “what happened when people’s darkest desires, shameful betrayals and sexual secrets were exposed for the whole world to see” — and my goodness is it disturbing to see everything play out in this.

That said, I also admit: I had a satisfying sense of schadenfreude seeing Sam’s perfectly constructed Christian life exposed for the sham it was (poor Nia!).

I reckon others will too, and I wonder if this couple really thought this one through properly?

Love might be an open door, but thanks to Sam’s wrongdoings, a whole lot of unwelcome “feedback” from viewers is also about to pass through theirs — and I reckon viewers will not be as forgiving as Nia was after discovering her hubby’s wrong-doings.

A word of warning: you’ll need a steel brush to scrub away the ick you feel after watching this.

Taskmaster Australia

Thursday, 7.30pm, Ten

Taskmaster Australia is back
Camera IconTaskmaster Australia is back Credit: Supplied/Ten

Tom and “Lesser Tom”, aka Tom Gleeson and Tom Cashman, are back — and you can bet everyone in our household will be tuning in to watch Anne Edmonds, Jenny Tian, Josh Thomas, Lloyd Langford and Wil Anderson battle it out for Tom’s golden noggin statuette.

This show isn’t always appropriate viewing for the kiddies, but its puerile, absurdist humour is something my husband and I can get behind, so we’re prepared to overlook the odd swear word in service to the gag — of which there are plenty.

(Inappropriate) fun for the whole family!

Tony Armstrong’s Extra-Ordinary Things

Tuesday, 8pm, ABC

Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things
Camera IconTony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things Credit: Supplied/ABC

Perennial ABC fave, Tony Armstrong, is off on his foldable bicycle, riding around Australia talking to ordinary Aussies in possession of some ordinary objects. . . that tell extraordinary stories.

Great concept, genuinely enlightening, and heaps of fun — worth a look.

Stax: Soulsville USA

Tuesday, streaming on Binge

STAX: Soulsville USA is screening on Binge
Camera IconSTAX: Soulsville USA is screening on Binge Credit: Supplied/Binge

Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T & The MG’s, Sam & Dave — they all got their start thanks to Stax Records. This doco chronicles “the audacious group of individuals” behind the legendary label. If you’re a soul music fan (me!) you won’t want to miss this.

The Kardashians S5

Thursday, streaming on Disney Plus

The Kardashians are back for season five
Camera IconThe Kardashians are back for season five Credit: Supplied

I feel like I say this every season, but it genuinely shocks me just how much the Kardashian clan manage to squeeze into their chocker-block lives.

I’m still trying to decide what colour to paint the spare room, and in that time they’ve had babies, gotten divorced, had cancer battles and shed still more weight. It’s exhausting, quite frankly.

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