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M. 2006. Land­scape ar­chi­tect Jude Law, his life a ster­ile round­about of work and pas­sion­less fam­ily life, fol­lows home a young thief who has robbed his of­fice. He meets the boy’s refugee mother, Juli­ette Binoche, and life go­ing off into a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Or is he be­ing played for a sucker? In­ter­est­ing look at how the other half lives from both sides. 9pm, Seven, Prime7

M. 2009. Luck­less-inlove exec Kris­ten Bell vis­its Rome and, dur­ing a mid­night frolic in a foun­tain, picks up four coins, tossed by hopeful lovers. Back in New York, she’s pur­sued by hope­fuls un­til she re­alises Josh Duhamel is the one, some­thing you’ll fig­ure five min­utes af­ter he ap­pears. Four coins in this foun­tain is at least three too many. 9pm, Ten, Ten SC

M. 2006. Sur­pris­ingly at­trac­tive com­edy built on a stupid premise. Sail­boat bro­ker Matthew Mcconaughey won’t move out of home so his par­ents hire Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who spe­cialises in ro­manc­ing such types and per­suad­ing them to get an­other life. What makes it work is the at­trac­tive leads. 9.30pm, SBS2

G. 2004. Ex­quis­ite an­i­mated ad­ven­ture from Ja­pan’s an­i­ma­tion ge­nius Hayao Miyazaki, based on a Bri­tish chil­dren’s book about a girl who is trans­formed into an old woman by a witch. She en­gages the help of the ma­gi­cian Howl, who lives in a walk­ing cas­tle. A triumph of imag­i­na­tion. Would it kill SBS to put this on ear­lier in the night? N Aus­tralian se­ries of of its hit re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries The Ul­ti­mate Fighter will pit Aus­tralian and Bri­tish mixed mar­tial artists in a con­test for the chance to se­cure a lu­cra­tive con­tract.

The new se­ries is nick­named The Smashes, a play on the 130-year-old cricket ri­valry.

Undis­cov­ered pro­fes­sional mixed mar­tial artists from the ri­val na­tions will live to­gether in a house in Australia to com­pete for AUFC con­tract.

This is only the sec­ond time in TUF’S seven-year his­tory that teams rep­re­sent their coun­try of ori­gin. The first was in 2009 when Team USA took on Team UK.

‘‘Australia and the UK have a fierce, long-stand­ing ri­valry, and where bet­ter to set­tle the score than in the UFC’S Oc­tagon?’’ says the UFC’S Mar­shall Ze­laznik.

‘‘The pop­u­lar­ity of MMA has ex­ploded in Australia and the UK, with gyms open­ing all over the re­spec­tive coun­tries. There is an ath­lete in one of those gyms who hasn’t had the chance to show the world what he can do.

‘‘ The Ul­ti­mate Fighter is go­ing give to him that op­por­tu­nity. We’re go­ing to dis­cover the UFC’S fu­ture stars, you can bet on it.’’

The Ul­ti­mate Fighter de­buted in 2005 and is the long­est-run­ning sports re­al­ity show in the US. Aus­tralians Ge­orge Sotiropou­los and Kyle Noke broke into the UFC via TUF. Sotiropou­los, from Gee­long, made the semi-fi­nals of sea­son six, while Noke, from Dubbo, made the quar­ter-fi­nals in sea­son 11.

Those who hope to join the se­ries must reg­is­ter ahead of a live trial in Syd­ney on June 12. The try-outs are open to fight­ers rang­ing in weight from 61kg to 77kg.

Par­tic­i­pants must be be­tween 21 and 35 years of age and have had at least three ver­i­fied pro­fes­sional fights – and won two.

Ap­pli­cants can visit www.au.ufc.com/tufform

Kyle Noke and friends train at an Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship gym.

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