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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

CARL Sa­gan’s won­der­ful Cos­mos se­ries ( Satur­day 6pm, Ova­tion) con­tin­ues its late- life run on pay television ( it was first shown in 1980). We are up to episode 11, in which Sa­gan ex­am­ines what he terms ‘‘ an­other in­tel­li­gent crea­ture with which we share the planet’’. He’s talk­ing about whales, and so is Meryl Streep in Ocean Voy­agers ( Fri­day, 6.30pm, An­i­mal Planet). Cezanne in Provence ( Sun­day, 4pm, ABC1) should fill art lovers with glee, as this bi­og­ra­phy, told by art his­to­ri­ans from Cezanne’s writ­ings and di­aries, im­bues a ter­rific sense of the painter. This is fol­lowed ( 5pm) by Sun­day Arts, in which Vir­ginia Tri­oli talks with chore­og­ra­pher Matthew Bourne; and the team de­buts a new seg­ment, Icons or Eye­sores, which should prove how sub­jec­tive art ap­pre­ci­a­tion re­ally is. Tha­lassa: Scal­lops from Vladi­vos­tok ( Sun­day, 6pm, SBS) is not the cook­ing pro­gram it sounds like. In fact, Rus­sians don’t dig shell­fish much at all. In­stead this is a pro­gram about Rus­sia’s largest scal­lop farm, on Zaru­bino’s mar­itime base, 100km from Vladi­vos­tok. Due to the na­tional dis­taste for it, most of the pro­duce is ex­ported to China, Ja­pan and South Korea. But if you fancy some­thing tasty, try Global Vil­lage: Flavours of France, Stras­bourg ( Mon­day, 6pm, SBS). Though best known for rus­tic foods ( pret­zels, beer and sauer­kraut), France’s Al­sace re­gion is also ca­pa­ble of re­fined foods, such as the Ger­man­in­flu­enced baeck­e­offe and chou­croute.

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