POLITICS HOWARD ON MENZIES: BUILDING MODERN AUSTRALIA 7.40PM, ABC
Robert (Bob) Menzies is Australia’s longest-serving prime minister but his legacy is disputed. Former prime minister John Howard, an unashamed admirer, ponders Menzies’ place in history in this compelling two-part series. To Howard’s credit, he is happy to be challenged on his beliefs by others, including Bob Hawke, Clive James, Barry Humphries and Thomas Keneally.
DOCO OBAMA: EIGHT YEARS OF POWER 8.35PM, SBS
Did any US President come to power with as many expectations as Barrack Obama? The first African American President seemed more saviour than politician when he took office in 2009. “You and I are going to change this country and we’ll change the world,” Obama spruiked. This four-part series shows how economic collapse, a fierce Republican opposition and the populist Tea Party derailed those plans.
HISTORY THE CELTS 7.30PM, SBS
The Celts have an almost mythic reputation but what do we really know about this ancient tribe? Anthropologist Alice Roberts and archaeologist Neil Oliver (Vikings) are out to tell the real story in this three-part series.