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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Graeme Blun­dell

START with an epic voy­age and the BBC’s Voy­ages of Dis­cov­ery: Cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion ( Sun­day, 7.30pm, SBS), in which Ferdinand Mag­el­lan sets out to find the west­ward route to the Spice Is­lands but his crew ends up cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the world. Com­pass has been ter­rific lately and The Quiet Revo­lu­tion: Part One, New Prophets ( Sun­day, 10.05pm, ABC), while scary, is il­lu­mi­nat­ing. The first of three episodes in­ves­ti­gates new forms of re­li­gious­ness, ex­am­in­ing the no­tion that 9/ 11 marked the end of re­li­gious tol­er­ance. The doco in­tro­duces us to four ‘‘ quiet rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies’’, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Stephanie Dowrick, who be­lieves global tur­moil has re­sulted in a new be­gin­ning for re­li­gious think­ing, de­spite the fire of fun­da­men­tal­ism. While the thinkers ponder, in Cut­ting Edge’s The In­vis­i­ble War ( Tues­day, 8.30pm, SBS) Wolf­gang Bergmann looks at the phe­nom­e­non of so­called non- lethal weapons de­vel­oped since the im­plo­sion of the Cold War. The new ord­nance — elec­troshock, pep­per spray, stink bombs, pulsed en­ergy weapons and deadly rub­ber balls — is dis­turb­ing. No point keep­ing up that gun club sub­scrip­tion. Inside Aus­tralia’s Footy, The La Per­ouse Way ( Wed­nes­day, 8pm, SBS) is an edgy look at Abo­rig­i­nal sport, the break­ing of racial bar­ri­ers and the stereo­typ­ing of in­dige­nous peo­ple.

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