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Chan­nel 7, tonight, 8.30pm ★★★★ They say truth is stranger than fic­tion. That’s es­pe­cially true on Crim­i­nal Minds. Ev­ery case on the show is based on a real crime. The big prob­lem for the writ­ers-creators of the drama is how to tell the true story with­out shock­ing the wits out of the au­di­ence. Matthew Gray Gubler (pic­tured), who plays weedy agent Spencer Reid, is no less dis­turbed than we are by the dark na­ture of the show. Gubler, who was a model be­fore find­ing fame on the crime drama, ex­plains: ‘‘I feel like I’m Barysh­nikov at a football game. It’s a bum­mer, man. Af­ter about 30,000 pho­tos of dead chil­dren, you don’t want to look at dead chil­dren ever again . . . not that you did in the first place. It takes it’s toll. It’s bizarre to me that we can get away with what we get away with on the show.’’ Watch tonight’s episode and you see Gubler’s point. It’s a bru­tal but com­pelling story about a strug­gling boxer who is des­per­ate to win his next bout so he can pay for a life-sav­ing op­er­a­tion for his son. Some scenes are rem­i­nis­cent of the Stan­ley Kubrick clas­sic The Shin­ing. Haunt­ing stuff.

DD SBS One, tonight, 8.30pm ★★★★ TV doesn’t get a whole lot more con­fronting than this. It’s part two of the doco se­ries and Peter Reith, Cather­ine Deveny and An­gry An­der­son (pic­tured) are dropped in Kabul, where they must face the truth about life for the per­se­cuted Hazara. They meet a sur­vivor of the in­fa­mous Tampa cri­sis, who of­fers tragic in­sight into what be­came of many of his fel­low asy­lum seek­ers. They then visit a fam­ily torn apart by a ran­dom bomb blast out­side a shrine. This will choke you up.


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