The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Life in Cold Blood, 7.30pm, Nine

An­cient king of the nat­u­ral­ists David At­ten­bor­ough con­tin­ues his se­ries about cold- blooded an­i­mals with an episode en­ti­tled Dragons of the Dry . It con­cerns the re­mark­able jour­ney of those am­phib­ians that left the wa­ter and just kept go­ing, dis­pens­ing with the need to re­turn to mate and breed. Stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy and an even- handed pre­sen­ta­tion add up to com­pelling en­ter­tain­ment.

SCU: Se­ri­ous Crash Unit, 8pm, Seven

Des­per­ate House­wives, 8.30pm, Seven

Cars col­lide with trees in New Zealand. Imag­ine. Con­sta­bles Karl Bevin and Blair Atkin­son of the Waitem­ata Dis­trict Se­ri­ous Crash Unit are col­lect­ing ev­i­dence about a car that did just that in Auck­land, killing an oc­cu­pant. With less drama and mys­tery than watch­ing the paint dry on a Kare Kare beach house, the time plods by. If you are still con­scious by pro­gram’s end, you can find out what went wrong. In the wake of any great dis­as­ter, peo­ple, even the in­cred­i­bly self­in­volved nar­cis­sists of Wis­te­ria Lane, start to per­form small acts of kind­ness. But small acts of kind­ness, in­clud­ing the de­ci­sion on the part of the writ­ers to spare the reg­u­lars from the rav­ages of a tor­nado, and Susan’s re­luc­tant ac­cep­tance of the now home­less Bree ( Mar­cia Cross, pic­tured), are dwarfed by a re­vealed act of hero­ism and sac­ri­fice. Nat­u­rally, hardly any­one no­tices. Later, Bree pimps her son to the gay roofer so she can get her house fixed and move back home. ‘‘ You can raise a man’s hopes with­out sat­is­fy­ing them. I’ve done it all my life,’’ she tells him.

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