American Gothic Sunday, 8.30pm, Eleven
This promising new US network crime thriller premieres with a double episode. And no, it’s not centred on the Grant Wood painting that’s so entrenched in American pop culture. The series, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, was created by Corinne Brinkerhoff ( The Good Wife) and centres on a prominent Boston family attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links its recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspicion that one of the family may have been his accomplice. It stars Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen as the matriarch of the Hawthorne family, with Juliet Rylance ( The Knick), Justin Chatwin ( Shameless), and Antony Starr ( Banshee) as her children.
Take Heart Tuesday, 1pm, NITV
This powerful and provocative documentary lifts the lid on a largely invisible disease that threatens the lives of more than 30 million young people around the world and is 100 per cent preventable. The first peoples of Australasia have among the highest rates of rheumatic heart disease globally, highlighting the gap in health services between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Directed by Mike Hill and narrated by Stan Grant, Take Heart follows the stories of four indigenous Australians — Brooklyn, 7, Trenton, 8, Carlissa, 16, and Liddywoo, 17 — over two years. The film accompanies them through harrowing open-heart surgery, long-term hospital stays and the reality of daily life with RHD, examining the complexities involved in balancing traditional lifestyles with the modern medical system.
New Blood Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC
Created and written by bestselling author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz ( Foyle’s War), this is a bold and surprising seven-part investigative drama. We are witness to an unusual slice of modern London through the eyes of two outsiders, Stefan (Mark Strepan) and Rash (Ben Tavassoli), junior investigators for the Serious Fraud Office and the police respectively, brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases. Underpaid, unappreciated and undermined, they come up against the uber rich and powerful: the new breed of criminals hiding behind legitimate facades, guarded by lawyers.
A scene from the comedy Tropic Thunder