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The Con­ver­sa­tion with Alex Mal­ley Sun­day, 10am, Nine

Alex Mal­ley, chief ex­ec­u­tive of CPA Aus­tralia, is back with a new eight-part se­ries un­der a new ti­tle. For three years he hosted The Bot­tom Line, in which he talked to lead­ers in pol­i­tics, busi­ness and en­ter­tain­ment about life at the top. His style is dif­fer­ent from that of a trained jour­nal­ist — more a fire­side chat than a provoca­tive in­ter­view; but it’s a style that of­ten elic­its fresh ma­te­rial from well-known guests. Mal­ley’s line-up in­cludes Atari founder and en­tre­pre­neur Nolan Bush­nell, World Vi­sion CEO Tim Costello, and Al­pha Cheng, son of NSW Po­lice em­ployee Cur­tis Cheng, who was mur­dered in Syd­ney last year.

The Long Walk

Mon­day, 7.30pm, NITV

Michael Long played for Essendon (1989-2001), was a mem­ber of two premier­ship sides and the win­ner of the 1993 Norm Smith Medal. He used his fame as one of the most recog­nis­able Abo­rig­i­nal AFL play­ers to high­light the plight of fel­low Abo­rig­ines and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­ders. On Novem­ber 21, 2004 he set out to walk 650km from his home in Mel­bourne to Can­berra in a bid to get his peo­ple’s most press­ing so­cial is­sues back on the na­tional agenda. Thou­sands of cit­i­zens joined him along the way and the Long Walk web­site was in­un­dated with mes­sages of sup­port. On De­cem­ber 3, Long met prime min­is­ter John Howard. This is the story of that his­toric walk.

Wildest Arc­tic

Tues­day, 4.30pm, SBS

Ac­cord­ing to a friend who works in travel, Ice­land is the new hot desti­na­tion. The coun­try is try­ing to get ahead of, or at least keep up with, the sud­den in­ter­est from hordes of in­ter­na­tional tourists seek­ing new and ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions. While the ac­com­mo­da­tion and food are, at this stage, a lit­tle want­ing the breath­tak­ing scenery more than makes up for it. As seen in this doc­u­men­tary — the last in the se­ries — Ice­land’s nat­u­ral beauty, rugged land­scapes and wildlife make it an ideal walk­ing hol­i­day desti­na­tion.

Great Es­tates of Scot­land

Tues­day, 7.30pm, SBS

You might recog­nise In­ver­aray Cas­tle as Dunea­gle in the spe­cial 2012 episode of Down­ton Abbey in which the Craw­ley fam­ily and ser­vants went to Scot­land for Christ­mas. The se­cond of four episodes in this se­ries, which looks at Scot­land’s most beau­ti­ful es­tates, finds the seat of the 13th Duke of Ar­gyll is a mix­ture of an el­e­gant for­mal stately home clut­tered with price­less art and a warm fam­ily home where the duke and duchess and their three young chil­dren live — with­out ser­vants. In­ver­aray, set on 24,000ha on the shore of Loch Fyne, has been in the Ar­gyll fam­ily since it was built 500 years ago.

Wanted

Tues­day, 9pm, Seven

Re­becca Gibney cre­ated this Aussie drama and stars as Lola Buck­ley, who’s just quit her job in a su­per­mar­ket. Ac­coun­tant Chelsea Bab­bage (Geral­dine Hakewill) is about to be au­dited af­ter money goes miss­ing from a client’s ac­count. They don’t know each other, but they catch the same bus home. They wit­ness a mur­der; Lola shoots one of the killers (a cor­rupt cop, it turns out) dead. His part­ner shoves the two women in his boot and drives to a re­mote lo­ca­tion. The women es­cape — af­ter more shootouts — but they’re falsely ac­cused of mur­der and take off, chased by an­other bad cop. The ac­tion moves fast and there’s won­der­ful un­der­ly­ing hu­mour — Lola and Chelsea couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent — that makes for ex­cel­lent tele­vi­sion.

Madam Sec­re­tary

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Ten

Not quite up there with The West Wing, but this se­ries based around Sec­re­tary of State El­iz­a­beth McCord (Tea Leoni) is good. It’s said to be a favourite of for­mer sec­re­tary of state Hil­lary Clin­ton, so it must be on the pace. In Unity Node, episode 11 (of 22) in sea­son two, McCord is in Geneva where, af­ter some tricky ma­noeu­vring, she’s able to res­cue a peace agree­ment with Rus­sia that was about to go off the rails.

The Good Wife

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, Ten

In the last episode from sea­son seven that went to air be­fore the hol­i­day break, Eli Gold (Alan Cum­ming) con­fessed to Ali­cia Flor­rick (Ju­lianna Mar­gulies) that he deleted a mes­sage on her phone from Will Gar­dener (Josh Charles) declar­ing his love for her. Here Iowa, episode 11, picks up the story with Flor­rick’s re­ac­tion to the cam­paign man­ager’s de­vi­ous be­hav­iour. There’s ten­sion in the air when they all hit the road to­gether in her hus­band Peter‘s (Chris North) pres­i­den­tial cam­paign bus en route to the Iowa cau­cuses. A high-qual­ity drama with soapie un­der­tones, the se­ries has won a zil­lion awards.

Kings Cross ER

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Nine

St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney’s Kings Cross runs one of the busiest emer­gency wards in the world. Its lo­ca­tion on the fringes of the in­fa­mous latenight en­ter­tain­ment district means it at­tracts more than its fair share of drug and al­co­hol­re­lated in­juries. And so much more. Sea­son three fol­lows emer­gency depart­ment di­rec­tor Gor­dian Fulde and his team of doc­tors, nurses and con­sul­tants as they deal with a never-end­ing queue of sick, in­jured and of­ten vi­o­lent pa­tients.

First Date

Wed­nes­day, 9pm, Seven

On the one blind date I had yonks ago, the bloke turned up in a re­moval­ist truck so big I couldn’t reach the cabin’s bot­tom step. He in­vited me to or­der from the lunch menu first, then said he wasn’t hun­gry. He sat there while I ate. Slowly. That was the end of blind dates for me. In this se­ries, filmed in Syd­ney’s Veran­dah restau­rant, sin­gle men and women from across Aus­tralia are will­ing to give it a go. Pre-matched ac­cord­ing to what they share in com­mon, they bond — or they don’t — over a classy meal.

The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show

Fri­day, 8.30pm, Ten

Star Wars’

Car­rie Fisher, Daisy Ri­d­ley and John Boyega join David Beck­ham and Kylie Minogue on the red couch for the usual naughty fun with Mr Nor­ton.

The Bridge

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, SBS

We’re half­way through this bril­liant Nordic po­lice drama and there’s no clue as to who is com­mit­ting a se­ries of atro­cious mur­ders, or why. In episode five, one clue turns up: the vic­tims are found to have a brand in­side their mouth that turns out to be Babylonian num­bers. This se­ries is mul­ti­lay­ered so it’s al­most point­less start­ing here. If you’re not al­ready into it, do your­self a favour and catch the pre­vi­ous four episodes on SBS on De­mand. The Bridge is orig­i­nal, clever and ad­dic­tive. For my money, the best thing on tele­vi­sion at the mo­ment.

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Me and My Guide Dog Sun­day, 8.30pm, Life­style (106)

Nar­rated by Ti­mothy Spall ( Mr Turner), this twopart doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the ca­reers of a lit­ter of one-year-old pup­pies des­tined to be guide dogs. They spend their first year with vol­un­teer min­ders who help them learn about ev­ery­day life. Then the se­ri­ous stuff be­gins for Kylie, Kiera, Kirby, Korky, Keith, Kerry, Kola, Klodo, Kee­gan and Kez. If they pass the ul­ti­mate test they can make a huge dif­fer­ence to their new owner’s life as for­mer Bri­tish home sec­re­tary David Blun­kett, blind since birth, at­tests. His dogs Ruby, Teddy, Offa, Lucy, Sadie and Cosby were fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters in the House of Com­mons dur­ing his 25-year political ca­reer.

Top Gear

Mon­day, 8.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge (612)

Jeremy Clark­son and the BBC may have parted com­pany last year af­ter the Top Gear host slugged a pro­ducer, but the broad­caster is not shy about flout­ing the show’s past suc­cess. Be­sides all the dozens of re­peats, there are spe­cials such as this one hosted by Matt LeBlanc ( Friends, Episodes). He fronts a com­pi­la­tion of

Top Gear’s most en­ter­tain­ing races go­ing back 13 years. In this first episode, Clark­son, driv­ing an As­ton Martin DB9, races James May and Richard Ham­mond, us­ing pub­lic trans­port, to the Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo. Then May, in a Bu­gatti Veyron, takes on a RAF Eurofighter Typhoon. “As races go, this is a good one,” May says. He’s not wrong there.

World’s Best Restau­rants

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Life­style Food (127)

Miche­lin-star chef Si­mon Rogan’s restau­rant L’En­clume, on the edge of lake­land in the Cum­brian town of Cart­mel, has won The Good

Food Guide’s award for best restau­rant in the UK twice. It’s one of the eater­ies fea­tured in this se­ries, which goes into the kitchens of fa­mous fine-din­ing restau­rants. The other is the world’s first all-glass un­der­sea restau­rant, Ithaa on Ran­gali Is­land in the Mal­dives. It sits 3m below the sur­face of the In­dian Ocean; it’s 9m long and 5m wide. En­cased in 12.5mm-thick acrylic, the restau­rant seats up to 14 guests who pay $450 each for a six-course din­ner.

Na­tional Trust: Gar­den Trea­sures

Tues­day. 12.30pm, His­tory (611)

Poet and au­thor Vita Sackville-West and her diplo­mat hus­band Harold Ni­chol­son fell in love with the moated 16th-cen­tury Siss­inghurst Cas­tle near Cran­brook in Kent. In the 1930s they set about turn­ing it into one of the world’s great gar­dens. De­signed across 182ha as a se­ries of rooms with hedges for walls, there’s the cel­e­brated White Gar­den, an orchard, rose gar­den and cot­tage gar­den. The cou­ple loved to spend quiet week­ends in the gar­den to­gether, he plan­ning, she plant­ing. Their seren­ity and ge­nius turned a bare waste­land into a thing of as­tound­ing beauty.

Un­for­given: The Boys Who Mur­dered James Bul­ger

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, CI (613)

Any­one who saw the CCTV footage of two-yearold James Bul­ger be­ing led out of a shop­ping cen­tre in Liverpool, Eng­land, in 1993 will never for­get it. The boy was ab­ducted, tor­tured and mur­dered by Robert Thomp­son and Jon Ven­ables, aged 10, who served eight years in prison be­fore be­ing freed on li­cence in 2001. This doc­u­men­tary ex­plores the out­cry that fol­lowed their re­lease and whether the pun­ish­ment fit­ted the crime. If the psy­chol­ogy of a child mur­derer in­ter­ests you, read Gitta Sereny’s book on Mary Bell, the 11-year-old who stran­gled two boys in New­cas­tle, Eng­land, in 1968. It goes a long way to ex­plain­ing what can lead a child to kill.

The Fall

Wed­nes­day, 9.40pm, BBC First (117)

Walk the Line, the first of six episodes in sea­son two of this thriller set in Belfast, finds DSI Stella Gib­son (Gil­lian An­der­son) still on the hunt for se­rial killer Paul Spec­tor (Jamie Dor­nan). His lat­est vic­tim sur­vives a vi­cious at­tack and Gib­son is des­per­ate to get her to re­mem­ber some­thing that will help iden­tify her at­tacker. It’s a com­pli­cated story with sev­eral sub­plots that can be dis­tract­ing, but it’s a cracker crime story with great act­ing by oh-so-cool An­der­son and creepy Dor­nan. A third sea­son is un­der way and due for re­lease later this year. Krister Henriksson, so good as Kurt Wal­lan­der in the Swedish ver­sion of

Wal­lan­der, joins the cast.

Rod Tay­lor: Pulling No Punches

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Arts (133)

Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing, they say, and Aus­tralian ac­tor Rod Tay­lor’s was per­fect. The boy from Lid­combe in Syd­ney’s west, who was dux at school and ex­celled at the Na­tional Arts School, ar­rived in Hol­ly­wood in the 1950s when moviemak­ers were look­ing for fresh faces. He was hand­some, dy­namic and en­er­getic. Un­com­fort­able play­ing in ro­man­tic come­dies — but good in them — Tay­lor starred with lead­ing ladies such as Doris Day. Al­fred Hitch­cock cast him in The Birds with Tippi He­dren, Suzanne Pleshette and Jes­sica Tandy. He made more than 50 films in­clud­ing The V.I.P.s with Richard Bur­ton, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Mag­gie Smith. This pro­file fea­tures old film clips and in­ter­views with him and with peo­ple who knew him. Tay­lor died last year, aged 84.

Foyle’s War

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, UKTV (103)

In Bro­ken Souls from sea­son five, a crip­pled exPOW, Fred Daw­son, ar­rives home to find a Ger­man POW, Jo­hann, work­ing on his farm. Fred re­sents Jo­hann’s chummy re­la­tion­ship with his wife, Rose, and their young son. De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Christo­pher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) is busy look­ing for the per­son who mur­dered his chess part­ner, an un­pop­u­lar psy­chi­a­trist, but when Jo­hann is found dead his work­load dou­bles.

BAFTA: A Life in Pic­tures

Fri­day, 7.30pm, Arts (133)

As a young man, Ralph Fi­ennes never thought con­sciously of be­com­ing an ac­tor. It was only when some­one who had seen him in school pro­duc­tions said “you have an abil­ity here” that he con­sid­ered at­tend­ing the Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art. He went on to work at the Na­tional Theatre and with the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany be­fore mak­ing his name as Heath­cliff in the 1992 film adap­ta­tion of Wuther­ing Heights. In this 2012 in­ter­view he talks about work­ing with Steven Spiel­berg, whom he de­scribes as “thrilling” and “very in­ven­tive”. Fi­ennes, 53, won a BAFTA for best sup­port­ing ac­tor for his role as Amon Goeth in Spiel­berg’s film Schindler’s List. best of stream­ing

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst Presto

In 2001, the ur­bane mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar heir to a Man­hat­tan prop­erty for­tune, Robert Durst, was ac­quit­ted of mur­der­ing a neigh­bour in Galve­ston, Texas. The dis­ap­pear­ance of his first wife in 1982 re­mains a mys­tery. One of this doc­u­men­tary’s pro­duc­ers, An­drew Jarecki, per­suaded Durst to sit down and talk to him on cam­era. Jarecki took years to find and com­bine the moun­tain of wit­ness ev­i­dence, po­lice files and prison record­ings for this grip­ping re­sult. Over six com­pelling episodes, the im­mac­u­lately dressed 71-year-old Durst lifts the lid on long-held se­crets. But the day be­fore the last episode went to air in the US last March, he was ar­rested for the mur­der of a mob­ster’s daugh­ter 15 years ago.

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