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“Make it sim­ple. Make it mem­o­rable. Make it invit­ing to look at,” said the great ad­ver­tis­ing man Leo Bur­nett of his some­times spu­ri­ous trade. It could be a def­i­ni­tion of this al­ways mem­o­rable show re­turn­ing tonight, in which Wil An­der­son, Rus­sel Howcroft and Todd Samp­son an­a­lyse and cri­tique an ad­ver­tis­ing land­scape that gets more in­tru­sively so­phis­ti­cated ev­ery year. In case you’ve for­got­ten, the ti­tle refers to the way in the 1950s an Aus­trian-Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect called Vic­tor Gruen in­vented the shop­ping mall, de­signed to lure shop­pers into a store re­gard­less of their in­ter­est in any­thing on dis­play. In its many in­car­na­tions since 2008 the show has gar­nered var­i­ous awards, in­clud­ing a Lo­gie and an AFI. Host An­der­son says, “Yes, we missed the election — but, know­ing Aus­tralia. we will have an­other one by the end of the series.” Nick Boshier, re­turn to TV bring­ing their comic may­hem, sur­real satire and won­der­fully pre­pos­ter­ous char­ac­ter act­ing to the ABC’s main chan­nel. Ou­tra­geous, pro­fane and vi­o­lent, the Hip­sters have big plans to find un­der­ground suc­cess as they open a “closed” theme cafe, while the Kiwi As­sas­sins re­claim Phar Lap’s heart for New Zealand. Mean­while in an­cient Egypt, the bas­tard son of the pharaoh gets a new slave. All is clear — well, rea­son­ably clear — when you see the show. A mid­dle-aged hus­band’s life changes dra­mat­i­cally when his wife re­quests a di­vorce in Crazy, Stupid, Love (Satur­day, 9pm, Nine). So Cal (Steve Carell) seeks to re­dis­cover his man­hood with the help of a new friend, Ja­cob (Ryan Gosling), in­clud­ing learn­ing to pick up chicks at cock­tail bars. Funny, sweet and ro­man­tic. Well-made, ex­cit­ing, lo­cally pro­duced ac­tion-ad­ven­ture To­mor­row, When the War Began (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Eleven), writ­ten and di­rected by Stu­art Beat­tie, is based on the novel of the same name by John Mars­den. A group of teenagers re­turn from a camp­ing trip and find them­selves in the mid­dle of a for­eign in­va­sion and wage a guerilla war against an in­vad­ing power in their fic­tional hometown of Wir­rawee.

Robert Alt­man di­rected the clas­sic M*A*S*H (Tues­day, 8.30pm, One), the anti-war com­edy set dur­ing the Korean War about the won­der­fully as­sorted char­ac­ters, lo­cated three miles from the front­lines. With no strictly lin­ear sto­ry­line, Alt­man sim­ply or­ches­trates them in and out of each other’s lives so they don’t be­come numbed by the in­sane blood­shed they en­counter. Great per­for­mances from Don­ald Suther­land, El­liott Gould and Tom Skerritt.

The Bondi Hip­sters

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