QUICK BITES

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Echo of the Ele­phants: The Fi­nal Chap­ter? 6.05pm, ABC1 Surely every­one knows ele­phants are beau­ti­ful, so­cial crea­tures that live on av­er­age more than 50 years, and which, alone in the an­i­mal king­dom, ap­pear to grieve for their dead. No? Well, if that’s the case, this en­chant­ing doc­u­men­tary, the third in a se­ries, should prove ed­u­ca­tional as well as thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing. In­tro­duced by David At­ten­bor­ough, who lends his grav­i­tas and au­thor­ity, the pro­gram is nar­rated by Cyn­thia Moss, who has made the study of ele­phants her life’s work. Moss has been fol­low­ing an ele­phant ma­tri­arch named Echo, pic­tured, and her fam­ily for 30 years. Now, as Echo draws near the end of her life, suc­ces­sion looks set to pass to her daugh­ter, Ella, aged 37. Wildlife doc­u­men­taries don’t get much bet­ter than this. The Ghost Whis­perer, 8.30pm, Seven Those ex­pect­ing poor old Ugly Betty in this times­lot will be dis­ap­pointed. Once Seven’s star Sun­day night at­trac­tion, Betty and her cav­al­cade of high- oc­tane fash mag slags were forced to set up house in the rel­a­tive ig­nominy of late- ish Thurs­day night. But now they’re gone, baby, gone. In­stead it’s more two- hour shots of the en­tirely an­o­dyne Jen­nifer Love He­witt in this ridicu­lous rat­ings doorstop of a pro­gram in which she sees dead peo­ple, hour af­ter hour, week upon week. Taboo: Gen­der Bender, 9.30pm, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic No­body has put it bet­ter than Lou Reed: ‘‘ Hey, babe — take a walk on the wild side.’’ ’ Nuff said.

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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