Taft takes on The Mole

AT least two zaidas will be watching reality TV show The Mole as it returns to TV next week.

With grandson Shura Taft, 30, hosting the series, it is hardly surprising the grandfathers, both in their 90s, will be glued to the telly.

“They are very excited and have told all their friends,” the former biomedical science student told The AJN.

“Anyone who is Jewish recognises how many of us have had to be self-made. They [my grandparents] are proud that I made the decision to go out on my own and they supported me all the way.”

The show sees 12 contestants compete in a series of challenges, with a potential $250,000 up for grabs for the winner. Yet among the group is a saboteur who is chosen to surreptitiously throw others off track and prevent them from winning the cash.

“What makes the game so interesting is the mix of teamwork, trust and the lack thereof,” Taft said.

“There is an underlying layer of intrigue because someone is out there telling a massive lie which is that they are the Mole.

“It pays to have your wits about you at all times, no matter what’s going on. The Mole’s actions might not be as overt as falling off a wire or dropping a ball in a game, they might be as subtle as someone telling a small lie or showing fear when they are not really afraid of heights.”

Taft said the actions of the contestants may, in some cases, reflect the tactics employed by Australia’s ­politicians.

“I think politicians would be able to watch the show with tongue in cheek. They would be thinking: ‘I know what it’s like for someone in the ranks to be telling me lies’.”

The Mole airs on Channel 7 at 7.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, next week.


Host of The Mole, Shura Taft.