Australia Doesn’t Just Want To Kill You Sunday, 7.30pm, Discovery (608)
Who would have believed that some of our most dangerous animals might save your life? Well, in this fascinating series Kelly Strzepek — brisk, authoritative and intrepid — investigates the genius behind nature’s designs, exploring how the death adder, crocodile, great white shark and even platypus are inspiring cutting-edge research in biomedicine and biotechnology. Few science presenters are as adept in the wild.
Mr Robot Thursday, Presto
The highly anticipated second season of the Golden Globe-winning drama arrives following USA Network’s recent announcement that the season has been upped from 10 episodes to 12, all of them directed by creator and executive producer Sam Esmail. Mr Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Airing the same day as the US broadcast, this new season picks up 30 days after the now infamous fsociety hack against multinational company Evil Corp, and explores the consequences of that attack. If you missed the first season, every episode is now streaming.
Peter Garrett: A Version of Now Tuesday, 9.30pm, MAX (805)
In a Foxtel world exclusive, MAX was invited into the recording studio to capture the making of Peter Garrett’s debut solo album, A Version of Now. A collection of nine songs, this is the former politician’s first official foray into music in more than a decade. The songs “just dropped out of the sky, they just appeared”, he says. The album features Garrett on vocals with terrific back-up from Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil) on guitar, Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass guitar, Peter Luscombe (Paul Kelly/Rockwiz) on drums, Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) on guitar and Heather Shannon (the Jezabels) on keyboards, with Burke Reid as producer. The doco provides intimate access and features candid interviews with Garrett and his musical collaborators. Highly pleased with what they achieve — there are big songs with big choruses alongside a couple of more introspective numbers — he calls it “a wonderful exercise in organic, collaborative music-making”.
Christian Slater, Rami Malek in Mr Robot