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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

SBS ONE, 8.30pm

Z Spe­cial Unit were sent on per­ilous un­der­cover op­er­a­tions dur­ing World War II. Sworn to se­crecy for years, the vets re­live their war­time ex­ploits in this se­ries while their de­scen­dants ex­pe­ri­ence the train­ing they went through. Tonight, they try to op­er­ate a Sleep­ing Beauty – a one- man mo­torised sub­mersible kayak – un­der the watch­ful eye of sur­viv­ing Z Spe­cial mem­ber Nor­man Wal­lace. Then, vet­eran Jim Ell­wood talks about be­ing cap­tured and tor­tured by the Ja­panese while on an un­der­cover mis­sion to Ti­mor.

NITV, 9.30pm

This charm­ing New Zealand com­edy set in 1984 is about a boy ( the enor­mously lik­able James Rolle­ston, pic­tured) who loves Michael Jack­son’s Thriller and idolises his ab­sent fa­ther. But when his dad Alamein ( Taika Waititi, also the writer and di­rec­tor) turns up, his hero wor­ship col­lides head- on with re­al­ity. He’s just out of prison and look­ing for his buried loot. It’s a slight, but en­joy­able com­ing- of- age tale. e.

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