Duane and Monikia get married at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in a scene from the TV series Hatch, Match and Dispatch. Supplied by ABC TV.
Duane and Monikia get married at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in a scene from the TV series Hatch, Match and Dispatch. Supplied by ABC TV.

Hatch, Match, and Dispatch is a rare breed of reality TV

IF THE current barrage of reality and event TV shows is overwhelming you, then get ready to change the channel.

Not surprisingly, it's Auntie to the rescue with the sweet new observational program Hatch, Match and Dispatch.

The factual series, which debuted on Thursday, goes behind the scenes of the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

It doesn't sound like the most exciting setting for a TV show, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Episode one was an emotional rollercoaster as cameras followed individuals and couples facing some of life's biggest milestones.

The office's wedding celebrants perform an average of 10 weddings a day, making the registry the most popular wedding venue in the state.

These nuptials are sweet, but it was the more unusual cases that made for the most interesting storylines.

A woman named Pauline nearly brought me to tears with her sad story. Pauline was told at the age of 60, and just days before her mum died, that she was adopted. Her subsequent search for her birth mother had a devastating and unexpected twist.

The process of naming babies and adults wanting to change their names also brings up some important issues around identity.

Next week's episode reveals some surprising names Australians have chosen for their babies, including Maximus, Mate and Peanut.

On a more serious note, transgender ballet dancer Julia serves as an example of how important a name change can be.

The series also humanises the staff, who may be dismissed by some as paper pushers.

"It's nice for people to see there's so many different facets to what we do," registrar Amanda Ianna told me.

"We were all a little embarrassed to begin with, but the more time they (the cameras) spent with us the more at ease we felt."



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