Saturday, 7.30pm, ABC1
Things go from bad to worse in this last episode of the season. Martin is being even more of a pain in the neck than usual so Louisa sets off with baby James to spend time with her mother in Spain. Amazing she’s lasted this long. But Martin finds something nasty on her CAT scan and races to stop her boarding the plane. His awful mother confesses she’s broke and needs money so Martin, of course, throws her out. Obese Bert, a heart attack waiting to happen, and Jennifer run into a few problems at their engagement party.
Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Sunday, 7.30pm, ABC1
Host Alice Roberts — an English anatomist, osteoarcheologist, anthropologist, paleopathologist and author — is professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham. Her passion for the Ice Age in this three-part series is contagious. Using realistic computer-generated images and amazing landscapes rich with ancient bones, she builds a picture of a world before ice destroyed it 2.5 million years ago. In this first episode, Roberts take us south of the reaches of the ice waste to “the portal of a lost world” — Los Angeles. Yes, even back then it was home to celebs — mega fauna such as the sabre-tooth cat that roamed the fertile hunting grounds.
Sunday, 8.35pm, ABC1 It’s his fourth siege but Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) doesn’t escape this one undamaged. After he bravely leads the hostage wedding party out of the church, mad Roger (Martin Sacks) accidentally shoots him in the derriere. Recuperating in hospital in the downdog position, he’s visited by his three exes who for some reason still regard him fondly. But then Cleaver must work out how to save his son Fuzz and Fuzz’s girlfriend, Patience Mwamba, from serious jail time as diamond mules. This really is a very clever show; a witty script and good acting work.
Sunday, 9pm, Seven
Gawd what a household. Upstairs or below stairs no one seems to be having much fun in this magnificent stately home. If they’re not undermining each other they’re telling porkies. Below stairs, Mr Bates forces Mrs Hughes to tell him why Anna has rejected him — but the wise housekeeper lies about the rapist’s identity. He’s guessed anyway. Upstairs, Mary is not short of gentlemen callers but won’t commit and “uppity chauffeur” Branson wants to take baby Sybil to America because he feels he doesn’t fit in at DA. Who would, with this lot?
Monday, 8pm, ABC1
“Television” may as well have been Adam Boland’s middle name; he lived and breathed it from a young age. By 26 he was executive producer of Seven’s flailing Sunrise show. Within two years it was a winner. Creative, obsessive and polarising, he had many admirers in the TV game, and some critics. Last year he had a breakdown, was diagnosed as bipolar and left Seven. Then he announced he was going to rival Ten. But ill health made him quit, never to return to the industry he loved. Well, not yet. As Ten’s Peter Meakin says: “It’s like Willy Wonka’s been eaten by the chocolate. I don’t think the final chapter’s been written yet.”
Wednesday, 9pm, ABC1
This week quite a few successful shows end, at least for now. In the finale of this very funny series about a dysfunctional Aussie family, a wedding — the couple plans to marry in a hot-air balloon on a Tuesday (cheaper rates than a weekend) — brings out the worst in some guests. But it’s the bride and bridegroom’s plans that go up in the air when a baby arrives early and everyone ends up in the maternity ward instead.
Wednesday, 9.30pm, SBS One
In the eighth and last episode of the second season of this hilarious Scandinavian crime drama, Robert convinces Frank that he should go to New York to eliminate Frank’s old Mafia boss Aldo Delucci. A bit late to tune in if you haven’t seen this show about a crook (Frank) who relocates to the Norwegian city after giving evidence against Delucci, but it’s well worth keeping an eye out for repeats. It’s original, clever and funny. Steven Van Zandt ( The Sopranos) as Frank is pure genius.
Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC1
The good news is that Marta Dusseldorp will return in season two of Seven’s A Place to Call
Home soon. Here she’s prosecutor Janet King, back at work after maternity leave, having given birth to twins with her gay partner. She’s having a rough time following the disappearance of Steven Blakely (John Howard), who she prosecuted over the death of his terminally ill wife. His body is eventually found buried on a beach. Now it appears he could have been involved in pornography and the woman King successfully prosecuted for his murder looks more innocent by the day.
The Escape Artist
Thursday, 9.35pm, SBS One
David Tennant stars as Will Burton, a brilliant junior criminal defence lawyer who gets a psychopath, Liam Foyle, off a murder charge. Burton leads a charmed life with the perfect family, perfect house and perfect dog. When his perfect wife, Kate, goes to their country cottage who should be waiting for her but Foyle. Hooroo Kate (talk about shades of Psycho), Burton decides to conduct his own investigation to prove Foyle’s guilt.
Friday, 7.30pm, GO!
There can’t be too many Australians who haven’t caught this film but it’s worth seeing again. Made in 2006 at Fox Studios in Sydney and directed by George Miller, its animated characters are voiced by Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Steve Irwin, Miriam Margolyes and Anthony LaPaglia. The plot follows Emperor penguin Mumbles who can tap dance but can’t sing — a necessity if he’s to attract a mate.
The Doctor Blake Murder Mysteries
Friday, 8.30pm, ABC1
Student Vanessa Mackay is found with her throat cut in the Ballarat Art Gallery. When Blake (Craig McLachlan) visits the gallery he’s transported back to a time when he was there as a boy with his mother, Genevieve. A painting is stolen from the gallery but later found dumped in an alley — it hung where another painting used to hang, one by Genevieve. When it turns out the murder and his mother’s painting are linked, Blake’s parents’ secret past comes to light.