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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Lyn­dall Crisp

Happy Feet

Satur­day, 6.30pm, Go This ir­re­sistible com­puter-an­i­mated film di­rected by Ge­orge Miller won Acad­emy and BAFTA awards af­ter it was re­leased in 2006. The story of a wicked mis­fit pen­guin, it’s great en­ter­tain­ment for all ages, a good one to record for school hol­i­day view­ing. The pen­guin char­ac­ters are voiced by Robin Wil­liams, Hugh Jack­man, Ni­cole Kid­man, An­thony LaPaglia and Hugo Weav­ing. Even if you’ve seen it be­fore, watch it again and en­joy. There’re sure to be bits you missed.

Wak­ing the Dead

Satur­day, 10:10pm, ABC1 A se­ri­ous ver­sion of New Tricks — mi­nus the nutty char­ac­ters — this Bri­tish crime drama cen­tres on a cold case unit com­pris­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, a psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­filer and a foren­sic sci­en­tist. To­gether they try to solve old mur­der cases where the killer hasn’t been caught. Tonight the team in­ves­ti­gates the death of Falk­lands vet­eran turned peace ac­tivist Piers Kennedy, whose body was found in a Min­istry of De­fence tun­nel.

Su­per­sized Earth

Sun­day, 7.30pm, ABC1 Ac­tor ( Ca­su­alty, Doomwatch, A Touch of Frost) and pre­sen­ter Dal­las Camp­bell hosts this ex­tra­or­di­nary se­ries on how we’ve re­designed the planet to re­spond to our needs. In each of the three episodes he in­ter­views the ar­chi­tects of some of the world’s most am­bi­tious cre­ations and ex­pe­ri­ences some in­spi­ra­tional en­gi­neer­ing projects. ‘‘ It’s all about har­ness­ing the pi­o­neer­ing spirit,’’ he says. Tonight in The Way We Move, Camp­bell goes back to the place where on De­cem­ber 17, 1903, the Wright Broth­ers ‘‘ trig­gered a whole cen­tury of in­no­va­tion’’. Their plane flew 36m and ‘‘ trans­formed our planet . . . and brought the world to our doorstep’’. Camp­bell also vis­its the world’s high­est bridge — the Sidu River Bridge in China’s Hubei Prov­ince — a halfk­ilo­me­tre above the gorge, and Lon­don’s Un­der­ground, which moves about three mil­lion peo­ple ev­ery day.

Sun­day Best: The Till­man

Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC2 Never un­der­es­ti­mate an an­gry mother’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to find out the truth about her child’s death. Pat Till­man, pro­fes­sional NRL foot­baller, turned down a $US3.6 mil­lion con­tract with the Arizona Car­di­nals to join the US Army af­ter the ter­ror­ist at­tacks on New York and Wash­ing­ton, DC in 2001. When he was killed in Afghanistan three years later, his mother was un­con­vinced en­emy fire was the cul­prit. This pow­er­ful and mov­ing film fol­lows her cru­sade to un­cover who was re­spon­si­ble for her el­dest son’s death at the age of 24. She dis­cov­ers it was friendly fire.

Mark Zucker­berg: In­side Face­book

Sun­day, 9.25pm, ABC1 It’s es­ti­mated that Mark Zucker­berg, 29, is worth about $US19 bil­lion ($20bn) to­day thanks to the pop­u­lar­ity of his so­cial net­work­ing web­site Face­book. The film The So­cial Net­work, writ­ten by Aaron Sorkin and star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg as Zucker­berg, gave a good over­view of his ca­reer, which started when he and his friends be­gan fool­ing around with on­line pho­tos of fel­low stu­dents at Har­vard Univer­sity. The pro­gram­ming prodigy launched Face­book in 2004 and it was an im­me­di­ate sen­sa­tion, spread­ing across US cam­puses and then the world. This doc­u­men­tary is per­haps the most de­tailed story of his ca­reer and the most au­then­tic, given Zucker­berg al­lowed ac­cess to his head­quar­ters in Menlo Park, Cal­i­for­nia, and his se­nior staff.

Legally Brown

Mon­day, 9.30pm, SBS One This fresh and funny new se­ries by Melbourne co­me­dian Nazeem Hus­sain ( Fear of a Brown Planet with Aamer Rah­man) in­cludes clever sketches that are po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect, but he gets away with it be­cause he’s Mus­lim. In what he calls a ‘‘ so­cial ex­per­i­ment’’, he drives around with 12 ‘‘ il­le­gals’’ in the back of a truck. They stop at a stor­age busi­ness look­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion, a mar­ket to get wa­ter and a fac­tory to get jobs. The reaction when he opens the back of the truck is price­less. He also plays a guru and a prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date who wants to send Mus­lims to Tas­ma­nia, or Is­la­ma­nia.

Trac­tor Mon­keys

Wed­nes­day, 8pm, ABC1 Hard to tell who this game show will ap­peal to, plus I’m deeply sus­pi­cious of any quiz pro­gram where I can an­swer all the ques­tions. Tonight in the first episode of the sec­ond se­ries (how did it make it this far?), the sub­ject is fash­ion. Host co­me­dian Mer­rick Watts asks the two teams — cap­tains Monty Di­mond and Dave O’Neil with Mark Trevor­row, Han­nah Gadsby, Kerri-Anne Ken­ner­ley and James Ker­ley — such deeply chal­leng­ing ques­tions as: What did Mary Quant name the miniskirt af­ter? An­swer: the Mini car. Duh. The one (and only) high­light is the archival footage of past fash­ions. My col­league Graeme Blundell, who ap­pears in a fu­ture episode on film and tele­vi­sion, as­sures me the pace im­proves.

24 Hours in Emer­gency

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS One It took 91 re­motely con­trolled cam­eras, 100 mi­cro­phones and nearly 26km of ca­bling to shoot th­ese 14 episodes in Bri­tain’s busiest ac­ci­dent and emer­gency ward. About 200 doc­tors and nurses treat some 400 pa­tients ev­ery day in Lon­don’s King Ge­orge Hos­pi­tal’s A&E unit. ‘‘ Given pa­tients can be crit­i­cally ill and at their most vul­ner­a­ble, it was a huge de­ci­sion to let them [the film­mak­ers] in,’’ says the man­ager. But the con­sen­sus was that a

‘‘ warts-and-all doc­u­men­tary’’ could only en­hance the pub­lic’s un­der­stand­ing of what the doc­tors and nurses do. ‘‘ It was worth the risk,’’ he says. Each episode cov­ers 24 hours and only staff who agreed to be filmed were in­cluded. Cam­eras at­tached to walls and in ceil­ings meant film­ing was un­ob­tru­sive. ‘‘ I wouldn’t have said yes if a cam­era­man and boom fol­lowed me round,’’ nurse Jen says.

‘‘ All the tech­nol­ogy, I was lost in ad­mi­ra­tion and just felt stupid,’’ says Nigel, whose brother Nicholas al­most died. ‘‘ It was like be­ing on the star­ship En­ter­prise.’’

The Man with the World’s Big­gest Tes­ti­cles

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, Seven Yes, this re­ally is a se­ri­ous pro­gram. In 2008, Wes­ley War­ren, 49, de­vel­oped a 90kg tes­ti­cle, which ren­ders him al­most im­mo­bile. He can’t wear trousers, drive or have sex, and has to sit with it rest­ing on a milk crate. Don’t laugh. The poor chap is mis­er­able, as one might ex­pect, and un­til now his rare med­i­cal con­di­tion has baf­fled ex­perts across the US who have tried but been un­able to help him. This doc­u­men­tary fol­lows him from his Las Vegas flat to the op­er­at­ing ta­ble. Will the team of sur­geons give Wes­ley back his life? When the show aired in Bri­tain it at­tracted more than four mil­lion view­ers. I lasted two min­utes be­fore grab­bing the lead and tak­ing my dog for a walk.

The Killing

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, SBS One Oh no, this is the fi­nale of the bril­liant Dan­ish po­lice se­ries star­ring Sofie Grabol as the ob­ses­sive de­tec­tive Sarah Lund. The shock­ing end leaves no doubt: sadly, she won’t be back. No, she doesn’t die but the cir­cum­stances of her dra­matic de­par­ture are as com­plex as the sto­ry­lines of all three se­ries. If you have to choose be­tween the bloke with the big balls or cool Sarah and her fa­mous Faroese jumper, I know which way I’d jump. Vale The Killing.

30 Rock

Wed­nes­day, 11.30pm, Seven Emmy and Golden Globe win­ners Tina Fey (as va­ri­ety show pro­ducer Liz Lemon) and Alec Bald­win (as net­work ex­ec­u­tive Jack Don­aghy) are per­fect to­gether in this hi­lar­i­ous com­edy set in a New York tele­vi­sion sta­tion. The show is partly based on Fey’s time as a writer on Satur­day Night Live; the ti­tle comes from 30 Rock­e­feller Plaza, where NBC stu­dios are lo­cated. Launched in 2006, the show is now in its sev­enth sea­son. Tonight, in Stride of Pride, Liz tries to prove women are funny while si­mul­ta­ne­ously at­tempt­ing to head off a melt­down from staff af­ter some neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity. Jack the smoothie tries out an un­con­ven­tional dat­ing strat­egy.

Der­ren Brown’s Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes

Thurs­day, 8.35pm, SBS Two Der­ren Brown, 42, is a Bri­tish il­lu­sion­ist, men­tal­ist, trick­ster, hyp­no­tist, painter, writer and scep­tic. All good stuff for a night in front of the telly. His live per­for­mances have won him the Lau­rence Olivier Award for best en­ter­tain­ment show twice, and tonight’s show, filmed at Lon­don’s Old Vic theatre, has the au­di­ence eat­ing out of his hand. Brown seems to have a bot­tom­less bag of tricks; his pol­ished rou­tine laced with hu­mour is fun.

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