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This lat­est ad­di­tion to the makeover for­mat pre­mier­ing this week fol­lows cou­ples and families who are look­ing to sim­plify their lives by mov­ing from crowded, ur­ban cities to se­cluded, off-the­grid set­tings. In each episode, a new fam­ily tours three uniquely “un­plugged” prop­er­ties in remote lo­ca­tions across Amer­ica. Be­fore they make their fi­nal de­ci­sion on a home to pur­chase, they test out this new life­style by liv­ing in one of the prop­er­ties for four days to see if they can en­dure the pri­va­tions. Off-the-grid ex­pert and out­doors en­thu­si­ast Jay Gruen guides each fam­ily in the skills needed to tran­si­tion to a self-suf­fi­cient way of life. “You’re just the badass of home­stead­ers if you’re liv­ing out here,” he says of the wilder­ness. You got that right, brother. By­ron Balasco’s pop­u­lar and crit­i­cally praised gritty mixed-mar­tial-arts fam­ily drama re­turns for a sec­ond sea­son fol­low­ing ex-con Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lau­ria) suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing his lightweight ti­tle be­fore killing his fa­ther, and Christina (Joanna Go­ing) over­dos­ing on drugs while her sons Jay (Jonathan Tucker) and Nate (Nick Jonas) re­new their bond. One thing is cer­tain — more blood will be spilled. Dr Feel­good Fri­day, 7.30pm, CI (613) This ir­re­sistible voyeuris­tic se­ries de­tails sto­ries of the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ships be­tween celebri­ties and their doc­tors; pro­fes­sion­als whose drug pre­scrip­tions or pro­ce­dures led to con­tro­versy, mys­tery and tragedy. Michael Jack­son, Elvis Pres­ley, Anna Ni­cole Smith and oth­ers lived their lives in the pub­lic eye, adored by mil­lions, but pri­vately fight­ing their de­mons. For those in their in­ner sanc­tum, the lines be­tween per­sonal and pro­fes­sional of­ten be­came blurred. In the Kingdom pre­miere episode we met Max Ja­cob­son, whose pa­tients in­cluded Tru­man Capote and Ten­nessee Wil­liams and whose treat­ment of the se­ri­ously ill John Kennedy helped him to win the pres­i­dency when, cam­paign­ing for elec­tion to the White House in 1960, he was dogged by ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain. Ja­cob­son was known for his “mir­a­cle tis­sue re­gen­er­a­tor” shots, which con­sisted of am­phet­a­mines, an­i­mal hor­mones, bone mar­row, en­zymes, hu­man pla­centa, painkillers, steroids and mul­ti­vi­ta­mins. Ac­claimed Aus­tralian the­atre direc­tor Neil Arm­field di­rects the highly emo­tional and crit­i­cally ac­claimed Hold­ing the Man (Wed­nes­day, 6.20pm, Pre­miere), adapted from Ti­mothy Con­i­grave’s 1995 mem­oir. Star­ring Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, it’s the re­mark­able true story of two boys who fall in love while teenagers at their all-boys school, a ro­mance that en­dures de­spite ev­ery­thing that life throws at them. Amer­i­can Sniper (Thurs­day, 3.50pm, Pre­miere) is the con­tro­ver­sial Clint East­wood film based on the mem­oir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper stars as Kyle, who is cred­ited with a stag­ger­ing 160 sniper kills, though the film fo­cuses as much on his in­creas­ing dif­fi­culty in read­just­ing to life at home as on his ac­tions dur­ing com­bat in Iraq. Nor­we­gian black com­edy Here is Harold (Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, World Movies) sees the ti­tle char­ac­ter (Bjorn Sundquist) de­cide that the gi­ant Ikea store that opened op­po­site his hum­ble fur­ni­ture shop in Nor­way is the cause of his life’s mis­for­tunes when he loses both shop and home to the bank. Arm­ing him­self with a pis­tol, he sets off for Almhult, Swe­den, in or­der to kid­nap his neme­sis — the founder of Ikea, Ing­var Kam­prad (Bjorn Granath).

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