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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

THOSE mulling over the im­pli­ca­tions of the re­lease of

Cut­ting Edge: Taxi to the David Hicks last week may find Dark Side

( Tues­day, SBS, 8.30pm) in­ter­est­ing view­ing. More than 100 pris­on­ers have died in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances in US cus­tody dur­ing the war on ter­ror. Di­lawar, an Afghan taxi driver, was de­tained by the US mil­i­tary one af­ter­noon. The men of his home vil­lage, who de­scribe him as hon­est and kind, won­dered why he was ran­domly cho­sen to be in prison, with­out trial. Five days af­ter his ar­rest, Di­lawar died in his Ba­gram prison cell.

Din­ing with the Devil Con­tin­u­ing the theme, ( SBS, 1.05am) ex­plores clan­des­tine co- op­er­a­tion be­tween the CIA and the PLO from the early 1970s. Lightening things

there’ s up a lit­tle, but still on SBS, an­other screen­ing of Aus­tralian Bi­og­ra­phy: Thomas Ke­neally

( Thurs­day, 1pm). Surely one of our best and per­haps best loved writ­ers, Ke­neally is re­spon­si­ble for var­i­ous prize- win­ning ti­tles,

’ Schindler s Ark, which was awarded the most fa­mously

’ Booker Prize and was turned into the movie Schindler s

Dy­nas­ties: The Roy­croft Fam­ily List by Steven Spiel­berg. ( Fri­day, ABC, 10.15pm) is also a re­peat, but is great

Aus­tralia’ s television. It is the story of ar­guably most fa­mous eques­trian fam­ily, cer­tainly the most suc­cess­ful Olympic fam­ily, be­tween them rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia 14 times. Cer­tainly the Roy­crofts live priv­i­leged lives, but es­sen­tially this is the story of bat­tlers who made good.

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