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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

The Cook and the Chef, 6.30pm, ABC1

Peo­ple usu­ally visit Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley in search of great wine. But cook Mag­gie Beer, pic­tured, is on the hunt for some­thing a lit­tle more ex­otic: an Aus­tralian- made ap­ple brandy. Mean­while, chef Si­mon Bryant com­pletely gets it that salt was once valu­able as cur­rency. It was no ac­ci­dent Ro­man sol­diers were paid in it. Did you know that salt low­ers the boil­ing point of wa­ter? How about min­eral flavours in salt as back notes? Tune in to get the good oil on salt.

The IT Crowd, 9pm, ABC1

It’s a lit­tle hard to fathom why this has gone to a sec­ond se­ries. Tonight, for ex­am­ple, IT stal­warts Moss ( Richard Ayoade) and Roy ( Chris O’Dowd) find that work­ing and so­cial­is­ing to­gether is re­strict­ing their ro­man­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Of course, the fact that both are so­cial crip­ples who don’t know any­one else is a real side split­ter. Mean­while, Jen ( Kather­ine Parkin­son), who doesn’t know a USB from an IUD but got the job in tech sup­port any­way, is on the run from some smarmy ex­ec­u­tive git with a he­li­copter. Who cares?

Num­b3rs, 9.30pm, Ten

It’s in­cred­i­ble how fre­quently Amer­i­can crime shows be­gin with press in­ter­views. Like re­hears­ing ama­teur ac­tors, who are sup­posed to sound like real peo­ple but al­most never do, the press in­ter­views rarely ring true. ‘‘ Is your pres­ence here go­ing to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween find­ing body parts and not find­ing them?’’ a re­porter barks tonight. Can you imag­ine the ABC’s Tony Jones or Vir­ginia Tri­oli com­ing at a ques­tion like that?

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