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Last Tango in Halifax Saturday, 7.30pm, ABC
The bad news is: season three of this engaging soapie ends tonight. The good news is: season four is in the wind. It’s difficult to know how the writers can stretch this drama, which started as a sweet romance between two pensioners, then spread to other members of both families — all of whom have problems. We’ll just have to wait to see. In this highly emotional episode, Gillian (Nicola Walker) and Robbie (Dean Andrews) finally make it to the church, but not without a few hiccups along the way.
Away From Country
Saturday, 8.30pm, NITV
Racing cyclist Khalen Young retired from international competition two years ago, but not before making his mark as a BMX superstar. Born the fifth of six children, he grew up in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Like his brothers, he took to cycling and was picked for the Australian team to compete in the Brazil World Championships in 2002. In 2008 he withdrew from the world titles — and possible selection for the Olympic team — so he could be at the birth of his daughter. Four years later Young competed in the London Olympics but had to withdraw after crashing twice. This is his story.
Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush
Sunday, 8.30pm, Ten
When it comes to what’s seriously bad for us, sugar appears to be the latest target. There have been a few documentaries about it being in everything we eat, whether we like it or not. In this special, Jamie Oliver — famous for fast recipes and nutritional school meals — turns his attention to the effects of excess sugar in our diet. He talks to experts who have studied the links between sugar and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and travels to Mexico where sugarsweetened soft drinks are all the rage. Sugar, he concludes, belongs in the danger zone alongside tobacco and alcohol.
Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door
Sunday, 8.40pm, Seven
The best thing about this biopic of Peter Allen is Joel Jackson, who even looks and sounds like the Aussie singer. He’s terrific in the part, as are Sara West as Liza Minnelli and Sigrid Thornton as Judy Garland. In this second half of the story of one of our greatest exports, Allen ends his four-year marriage to Liza and decides to split with his long-time singing partner Chris Bell. He starts performing in a small bar in New York’s Greenwich Village and gradually, between his songwriting and performing, a remarkable career takes off. Worth watching for the music alone.
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All
Sunday, 8.45pm, SBS
Another great performer but one of a different kind. Ol’ Blue Eyes may have departed for the big stage in the sky in 1998 but his voice lives on. This two-part documentary examines the life and career of one of America’s most enduring singers. Although it was made with the full co-operation of his estate and support of his family and close friends, this is no hagiography. The dark side of Francis Albert Sinatra is too well known to be ignored. It uses his 1971 farewell concert — Sinatra chose 11 songs to define his life — to frame his story, which begins here with the early years leading up to his days as a roadhouse entertainer.
Monday, 7.30pm, SBS
Shows that feature animals are popular with audiences. Well, duh! You only have to look at YouTube to figure that out, but the news has just reached the networks and so we have a plethora of programs featuring pets. This British series is not a collection of funny videos featuring cats, it’s more scientific. It sets out to discover why our feline friends behave the way they do. Here The
Cat’s Eye View, the first of three episodes, explores how cats see, hear and smell the world around them. At 8.30pm, The Wonder of Dogs features man’s best friend in all its wonderful forms. The first of three episodes looks at the dazzling range of breeds and puts some of them through their paces.
How Not to Behave
Wednesday, 8pm, ABC
Episode 11 of this mad guide to modern manners looks at the dos and don’ts of dinner party etiquette. Hosts Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine suggest ways of remembering people’s names — and how to survive a kiddies’ birthday party. Chef Matt Moran draws on his experience as a restaurateur to share advice on table manners.
Wednesday, 9pm, Ten
Anything with Jamie Lee Curtis is off to a good start in my book. This horror-comedy series is set in Wallace University; Curtis is dean Cathy Munsch who wants to open the prestigious Kappa House to all students. Not a popular move. The main theme, however, is a series of murders (one in every 15 episodes) that start here on the anniversary of an unsolved sorority murder 20 years earlier. The series was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan ( Glee,
American Horror Story).
Clothes to Die For
Wednesday, 9.20pm, ABC Two
On April 24, 2013, the Savar building in Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed killing more than 1000 people and injuring 2500. Most were women working in the garment industry. It was a shocking story of corruption, substandard construction, greed and dubious business practices. Despite cracks appearing in the building the day before it collapsed, inspectors deemed it safe and workers returned under pressure to meet deadlines for orders from cheap Western fashion labels. This BBC documentary features Shirin, 18, who describes how she was trapped inside; it also paints a disturbing picture of the country’s growing garment industry.
Rugby World Cup 2015
Thursday, 1.30am, Gem
It’s 16 years since Australia claimed the Webb Ellis Cup, the pinnacle of world rugby. Former team members Phil Waugh, Brendan Cannon, Andrew Slack and Nathan Sharpe will be on hand to commentate this live coverage of each of the rounds as the Wallabies’ battle to regain the cup. Here Australia takes on Fiji at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The final, at Twickenham, is on October 31. (You can also watch every game of the Rugby World Cup on FoxSports.)
The Classic Car Show
Friday, 7.30pm, SBS
I know one man who drools over this series so chances are like minds can’t wait to see what host Quentin Willson gets to drive here in episode five. Well, he’s off to the French Riviera to drive a silver Ferrari Dino once owned by rock legend Keith Richards. Co-host Jodie Kidd heads to France to check out the history of Montlhery Circuit, and Chris Routledge looks at the history of the British Morris 8.