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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.

Cats Un­cov­ered

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.

Scream Queens

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.

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