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LEAD into Anzac Day later this week with Com­pass: A Story of the Salvos ( Sun­day, 9.25pm, ABC), a poignant tale of mu­sic, faith and hero­ism fo­cused on the Brunswick Sal­va­tion Army Band, a sec­tion of the 2/ 22nd Bat­tal­ion of the Aus­tralian army. The mu­si­cians, who dou­bled as med­i­cal aides, were trag­i­cally in­volved in World War II in the re­mote Pa­cific out­post of Rabaul. Their fam­i­lies waited more than 31/ years to learn of the band mem­bers’ fate. Part two of Mar­got ( Sun­day, 10pm, ABC) fol­lows bal­le­rina Mar­got Fonteyn’s mar­riage to Roberto ( Tito) Arias in 1955, a well- known wom­an­iser and part­time revo­lu­tion­ary. Her in­volve­ment with the rogu­ish Tito found her im­pris­oned in Panama in 1959, charged with gun smug­gling. The Fog of War ( Tues­day, 10pm, SBS), Er­rol Mor­ris’s bril­liant 2003 doco, re­turns, and his cre­atively lat­eral approach to dif­fi­cult ma­te­rial is as risky as ever. In the pro­gram, con­densed from hours of archival footage based on his in­ter­views with for­mer US sec­re­tary of defence Robert S. McNa­mara, Mor­ris broad­ens his dis­cus­sion of the pol­i­tics of war to in­clude large philo­soph­i­cal co­nun­drums. Gal­lipoli Sub­ma­rine ( Thurs­day, 8.30pm, ABC) is the story of the AE2, the World War I sub that was lost in the Dar­danelles for more than 90 years. This classy film uses dra­matic re- en­act­ment, archival footage, un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy and state- ofthe- art com­puter- gen­er­ated im­agery.

Graeme Blun­dell

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