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Cap­tain Cook: Ob­ses­sion and Dis­cov­ery, 7.30pm, ABC How did a York­shire farm boy be­come the great­est ex­plorer in his­tory? Why did 18th- cen­tury Bri­tons think dis­cov­ery of a fa­bled south­ern con­ti­nent would make their na­tion the most pow­er­ful on earth? This is beau­ti­fully made, wholly en­gag­ing television about us, our coun­try, and one of the most im­por­tant fig­ures in our his­tory. Tonight, dis­cover how the Great Bar­rier Reef al­most ended things be­fore they had be­gun, and learn how a sail was used as a life­sav­ing ban­dage for the dam­aged En­deav­our. My Name is Earl, 8pm, Seven A daz­zling tour de force for that jail­bird Earl Hickey and his un­ex­pect­edly help­ful co­hort. Earl’s cre­ativ­ity is a blank page, but Randy has more imag­i­na­tion than Doc­tor Evil, Dirty Harry, Thun­der­birds and Gomer Pyle com­bined. Dar­nell sings soul and Joy goes an­i­mated. Even Catalina is a la­tent Latina drama queen.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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