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Dramility Has Hit SBS’s Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl

The new series on SBS of Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl has now had a shadow cast its veracity with news one of the main characters story looking like a heap of bollocks.

Michael LaHoud looks like he has been talking himself up to producers with his tale of redemption. He told them he was a member of the Telopea St gang and that he had fathered three kids in jail and now has dropped his life of crime to  be the sole carer of three daughters. He also said he had fathered the kids whilst he had had conjugal visits whilst jailed.

Now in reality TV it is not unusual for peoples back stories to be exaggerated and manipulated but in this case they were probably duped by wanting to believe his story to be true.

Clearly he has been watching too many US television shows as apparently you don’t get conjugal visits in the NSW prison system. Also it appears he has only spent four days in jail not the years he has claimed. Also he may not have even been a member of the Telopea St gang.

SBS will be doing some hasty editing of the series before it airs in January. Even with this kerfuffle the series is still worth a watch.

Source: Daily Telegraph

UPDATE: SBS have put out a statement saying the show will now be postponed:

Michael LaHoud is one of a number of interviewees that feature in the documentary series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl, which explores the history of the Lebanese-Australian community in Sydney’s south-west, the challenges the community has faced and how they have fought to overcome them.

 This is a follow-up series to the award-winning Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta.

The integrity and accuracy of SBS programming and respect for our audience is paramount, therefore the network has decided to remove the series from its schedule until full investigations are carried out to its satisfaction.

SBS will work with its production partner Northern Pictures to review and verify the documentary’s material.

Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl will air later in 2014.



1 brain dead dave { 12.20.13 at 9:51 am }

An immaculate conception story at this time of year is so inspirating.

There might not be enough room on his heavily tattooed body to have “wanker” added to his forehead.

2 Culinary Boner { 12.20.13 at 10:31 am }

“Clearly he has been watching too many US television shows as apparently you don’t get conjugal visits in the NSW prison system.”

Well spotted raver.
By all accounts prison sex in NSW is an eat-in, rather than take-out experience.

3 Culinary Boner { 12.20.13 at 10:32 am }

“Clearly he has been watching too many US television shows as apparently you don’t get conjugal visits in the NSW prison system.”

Well spotted raver.
By all accounts prison sex in NSW is an eat-in, rather than take-out or home delivery experience.

4 Techhater { 12.20.13 at 12:26 pm }

RR off topic just heard Dennis Rodman and Nth Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to have their own reality tv series. This should be fun.

5 Dr T { 12.20.13 at 1:00 pm }

CB – depends on which prisoners you are talking about… some still might get an eat out experience…

Excellent – this opens up space in the schedule for more newly translated episodes of If You Are The One (as one can safely assume that none of Season 5 MC are up to a spin off cooking show to fill the void)

6 mittens { 12.20.13 at 3:08 pm }

Dr T do you have a favourite? I bet it’s not number 15.

I liked the way the girl in blue and yellow went for it the other night and said here’s all my faults, if you can live with that, take me.

And the guy that brought the shoes and refused to go home was a a bit of a stalker. I thought they were going to have to call security but the hosts did well to pick him up off the floor and show him the door.

7 Georgie { 12.20.13 at 3:34 pm }

Conjugal visits… puts me in mind of The Simpsons ep when Marge was jailed for shoplifting. She pounced on Homer with such enthusiasm, she tipped the ‘conjugal caravan’ on it’s side.

8 Dr T { 12.20.13 at 5:07 pm }

Mittens – are you on Twitter?

No, 15 is as thick as a brick. I did like 8. Geez, sometimes the girls get a little desperate and pick an absolute dunce just for the hell of it

The shoe dude was weird

9 mittens { 12.20.13 at 6:37 pm }

No, Doc T. No twitter. Why do you ask?

15 is playing dumb to be cute. But it’s not cute.

The’d really go for you Dr, T. If you buy your girl some shoes, please spend a bit more than 100 yuan.

10 Gabby { 12.20.13 at 8:39 pm }

I liked Dennis’s Rodman on the last series of Celebrity Apprentice. I hope he manages to stay off the drugs. I’d watch his show with Kim, what a hoot that would be.

11 Calorie Loader { 12.20.13 at 9:54 pm }

My favourite moment for #15 was when she complained that the HOST didn’t make enough eye contact with her, NOT the bachelor.

Loved the Japanese guy who when asked to pick a favourite started looking through the audience 😛 An opportunist, love it.

Dr T, I saw IYATO has a twitter feed, but I wouldn’t even attempt it with the subtitles (at least until I’m a seasoned watcher and know the gels and the format well).

12 Izobel2 { 12.20.13 at 11:52 pm }

Gabby, I saw Rodman on the last celeb apprentice AND the one before that, and the previous one I didn’t like him AT ALL!! He pulled his socks up second time round.

13 Reality Raver { 12.21.13 at 9:00 am }

Rodman was in Celeb Rehab as well. Thanks Techhater for the heads up on this.

14 Gabby { 12.21.13 at 3:02 pm }

Izobel2 I watched both series as well and he did indeed pull his socks up. Amazing what being drug free can do for a fella. He came across as quite personable and funny. I also saw him in Celebrity Rhab., wasn’t too likeable in that show. He’s come a long way.

15 Georgie { 12.21.13 at 3:28 pm }

If Dennis Rodman has given up drugs and embraced Kim Jong Un, I’d hazard a guess he’s still got serious issues to work through. Ask Kim Jong’s uncle. :-)

16 brain dead dave { 12.21.13 at 3:52 pm }

A “person” really has come a “long way” to hook up with a murdering dictator. He might as well double up and send some Christmas presents to Ivan Milat.

17 Culinary Boner { 12.24.13 at 8:50 am }

Danny Bonaduce vs Dennis Rodman –

Game, Set and Match to the ‘duce.