QUICK BITES

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

Sur­viv­ing Alaska, 7.30pm, Dis­cov­ery If you were hop­ing for a trav­el­ogue of one of the most beau­ti­ful places on earth, for­get it. In­stead this is about one crazy man putting him­self into ex­treme sit­u­a­tions: start­ing avalanches to see if they will bury him, jump­ing fully clothed into freez­ing wa­ter, climb­ing up crum­bling ice shelves, and so on. And beau­ti­ful old Alaska? Well, it’s there. But you have to look be­yond the many wanky ad­ven­ture stunts to see it. Dex­ter, 10.40pm, Ten Our favourite blood- splat­ter an­a­lyst is called to a mas­sacre the likes of which even he has never seen. Like a gothic Proust, Dex­ter ( Michael C. Hall) is flooded with in­tense child­hood mem­o­ries as about 60 litres of the red stuff flow, and I’m not talk­ing pinot noir. There are no bodies but so much blood that he passes out and lands in a pud­dle of it, face first. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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