This final episode of Four Corners for this year is one of the most powerful the program has ever presented: the story of TV journalist Liz Jackson, who addressed so many major issues for the program, including the children overboard affair, the Iraq war and the missing weapons of mass destruction, youth suicide, euthanasia and Aboriginal deaths in custody. Devastated when diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year, a disease of the nervous system that progressively diminishes the ability to perform essential motor functions such as walking and eating and for which there is no cure, she decided to communicate what it’s like to go through — and what happens when someone can no longer function in the world as they have always done. Nigella Lawson is also back in a new show that first aired in Britain late last year, and has also done the rounds of Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel, but no doubt has yet to be seen by countless salivating fans. While there’s no talk from Ms Lawson of her semi-recent marital breakdown she does rather triumphantly tell us she’s presenting recipes that “I’ve enjoyed with family and friends as I’ve settled into my new kitchen and where I am in my life right now”. And it’s obviously a supportive place too as she ruminates about things in that lovely highbrow voice, shares a few happy snaps of Thailand, and projects a calm sense of healing through the food she prepares — dishes “that relax and restore, uplift and enrich”. Opening Shot: Big Bad Love Wednesday, 9.30pm, ABC Two This is the first of five half-hour docos from a new generation of filmmakers — all under 35 — tasked with firing an “opening shot” into the national Paris- conversation. First up, director and writer Briony Benjamin, who specialises in producing and directing social and environmental-themed content, follows comedian Becky Lucas, who recently found out one of her closest childhood friends had suffered years of violence and abuse at the hands of her partner. Becky meets experts and psychologists to better understand the signs, and conducts an experiment on the street to see how the average bystander reacts to domestic violence. Herbert Ross’s Boys on the Side (Sunday, 9.30pm, Eleven) is one of several movies, including Steel Magnolias, he’s made about female characters. This affecting comedy-drama with a nice sardonic edge sees three singular women on a road trip to get to Los Angeles in a hurry. Whoopi Goldberg’s Jane, a lesbian lounge singer, wants a new life; Mary-Louise Parker’s rather prim real estate agent Robin joins her; as does Drew Barrymore’s pregnant Holly, after a brawl with her drug-dealing boyfriend. Great performances from all. Rob Bowman’s Elektra (Thursday, 8.30pm, Eleven) is for Marvel fans, a spin-off from the 2003 movie Daredevil. It stars Jennifer Garner as the comic book character Elektra Natchios, an international assassin whose favoured weapon is a pair of Sai, those daggers originating from Okinawa with two sharp prongs curving outward from the hilt. Sophie Lellouche’s Paris-Manhattan (Monday, 12.30am, SBS One) is an affectionate homage to Woody Allen in which idealistic pharmacist Alice (Alice Taglioni) is obsessed with the Hollywood filmmaker, even prescribing the occasional DVD of his movies to help her customers. Can any good-looking Frenchman ever match her fixation?
Alice Taglioni and Patrick Bruel in Manhattan