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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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

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