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Welling­ton ar­chi­tect Chris Moller is host of the third it­er­a­tion of this suc­cess­ful fran­chise pre­mier­ing this week. He’s not as dis­ap­prov­ing or scep­ti­cal as Bri­tain’s Kevin Mc­Cloud, who is al­ways rais­ing that well-known eye­brow with the ben­e­fit of many shows’ ex­pe­ri­ence watch­ing self­builders at­tempt their dream house. He’s not as des­per­ately em­pa­thetic as Aus­tralia’s Peter Mad­di­son, who al­ways seems to bond in­stantly with his sub­jects, seek­ing their ap­proval as much as they his ap­pre­ci­a­tion. But Moller has a laid­back easy charm about him and is cool in that way ar­chi­tects seem to be — maybe it’s the way they dress or can draw bet­ter than us — and ob­vi­ously an ex­pert when it comes to de­sign. He shares with his coun­ter­parts an evan­gel­i­cal be­lief It was once banned from television for be­ing too bloody. Now cage fights are prime-time TV events, knock­out videos rou­tinely go­ing vi­ral, and mixed mar­tial arts is a bil­lion-dol­lar in­dus­try. It com­bines mul­ti­ple combat sports such as wrestling, boxing and jiu jitsu and, while the fisticuffs some­times seem a bit am­a­teur­ish, there’s no deny­ing the raw, al­most primeval vi­o­lence of the con­test. De­spite enor­mous global pop­u­lar­ity, and a grow­ing fan base in Aus­tralia, MMA strug­gles to shake the stigma of dan­ger and bru­tal­ity. This grip­ping fac­tual se­ries, from di­rec­tor Ivan O’Ma­honey, tracks a year in the lives of Claire, Martin and Ali — three or­di­nary Aus­tralians who share this ex­treme pur­suit — to un­cover what drives them, and the pres­sures they face as they bal­ance their daily lives, jobs and fam­i­lies with the de­mands of the sport. O’Ma­honey gains un­prece­dented ac­cess to fight­ers, their fam­i­lies and coaches, and unique be­hind-the-scenes footage at ma­jor MMA events. Never Mind the Buz­zcocks Thurs­day, 9.30pm, ABC Two Catch the last recorded episode of the an­ar­chic, very funny award-win­ning Bri­tish pop quiz, which was axed by the BBC last year (to “cre­ate space for new en­ter­tain­ment for­mats”) af­ter 269 episodes, with co­me­di­ans Phill Jupi­tus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bai­ley and Noel Field­ing among the best known team cap­tains. A clas­sic. Full-on ac­tion flick Taken 2 (Satur­day, 8.30pm, Ten) stars Liam Nee­son in the se­quel to the smash 2008 kid­nap drama in which he played the CIA guy whose daugh­ter Kim (Mag­gie Grace) had been kid­napped by for­eign bad­dies. Now semi-re­tired, he and his fam­ily cross paths with Murad (Rade Serbedz­ija), whose son died at his hands dur­ing Kim’s res­cue. Murad wants re­venge. The much-an­tic­i­pated se­quel An­chor­man: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues (Sun­day, 9pm, Ten) de­liv­ers satire and much fri­vol­ity in the early 1980s as Ron Bur­gundy (Will Ferrell) re­turns, of­fered the 2am slot in a “rolling 24-hour news sta­tion” in New York City. It may be his last chance at re­demp­tion but first he has to re­unite the old team of weirdos. One of the high­est gross­ing films of all time, Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Eleven) is the third in the live­ac­tion se­ries from di­rec­tor Michael Bay and a great cast in­cludes Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Tur­turro, Tyrese Gib­son, Rosie Hunt­ing­tonWhite­ley, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich and Frances McDor­mand. But of course it’s the gi­gan­tic Au­to­bots and De­cep­ti­cons ham­mer­ing one another that steal the picture in this bat­tle to save the uni­verse.

Lach­lan McDon­ald and host Chris Moller

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