This witty and furiously paced, often laugh-outloud satirical consumer affairs series makes a welcome return, presented by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser team, with Kirsten Drysdale, Kate Browne, Scott Abbot, Zoe Norton Lodge and Ben Jenkins. And as the show likes to say: “From cradles to graves, everyone’s a customer — and we have the right not to remain silent.” The Checkout takes a no-holds-barred, irreverent and entertaining approach to explaining and exposing the ways all of us are being ripped off, and it does it with a combination of sketch comedy and caustic analysis that sometimes defies reason in production terms. How they get so much humorous scripted observation to air in such a short turnaround is a TV miracle. Again, in The Checkout team’s words, their show “is consumer affairs TV for the 21st century offering a revolutionary new wonder diet of information and entertainment that’s clinically proven and 26 per cent fat free”. Who am I to disagree? The crew of the USS Enterprise is called home in JJ Abrams’s Star Trek: Into Darkness (Sunday, 9pm, Ten) where they discover that a force of terror from within their own organisation has destroyed the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving the world in a state of crisis. The great cast includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana. It also features an appearance by Leonard Nimoy in the character of Spock (it’s his final film appearance, as he died last year), and the late Anton Yelchin in the role of Chekov. A financial and critical success — though rusted-on trekkies were not all happy — its box office takings of $467 million worldwide made it the highest-grossing entry in the franchise. For Eddie Murphy fans, Norbit (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Eleven) sees the actor’s mild-mannered titular hero having a rough time of it since the day he was left abandoned at a combination Chinese restaurant and orphanage. Recently forced to marry the shrewish glutton Rasputia (also Murphy), he is at his wits’ end, but true love beckons when his childhood sweetheart, Kate (Thandie Newton), moves back to town for a job. A box office hit for Murphy, who also wrote the screenplay.
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