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.