The frantic, furious domestic Twenty20 cricket competition returns tonight with a summer schedule seeing 35 matches played in 40 days, including four double-headers. And it’s addictive TV. Last year’s season was a record-breaker, the Big Bash Australia’s top-rating sports competition batting off both the AFL and NRL with an average national average audience of 1.1 million viewers. Sydney Thunder prevailed over Melbourne Stars in the final claiming the highest ratings for the season, with 1.79 million tuning in to see Mike Hussey’s men claim to their first title. Roz Kelly and Mark Howard call the action with Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh, with match one presenting the reigning champions taking on cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers. David Walliams returns to the sketch comedy show format in this series alongside a special guest, supported by an ensemble of comic actors. While there are no media previews, positive British reviews suggest the show — filmed in front of an audience — captures something of the riotous theatricality of classic British comedy with its broad skits and spoofs. Joanna Lumley gueststars in sketches including a Bond send-up, and a surprising peek behind the scenes of The Great British Bake Off. Now a successful children’s writer for page and stage, a theatre and TV actor, and talent show judge, Walliams has avoided the misfortune that often occurs when successful double acts take their final bows. Still, some British critics saw the series as speed dating for Walliams to find a new comic partner. Would I Lie to You? At Christmas? Thursday, 8pm, ABC Hosted by the urbane Rob Brydon and featuring those clever comedians David Mitchell and Lee The Grand Budapest Hotel Mack, this British panel show is obligatory viewing at Christmas. This special features former professional footballer Chris Kamara, comedian Sara Pascoe, award-winning actor Tom Courtenay and droll TV presenter Richard Osman. The two best stories are from Pascoe, about the way her mother would take down the decorations on Christmas Day, and Courtenay discussing the way he starts off every Christmas Day with a bowl of cornflakes “in a sea of Baileys”. But are they true? The Grand Budapest Hotel (Monday, 8.30pm, Eleven) is another ambitious, distinctively styled film from Wes Anderson, full of eccentric characters and presented with his signature sensibility. Tom Wilkinson plays an unnamed author who recalls his younger self in the person of Jude Law, who recounts his meeting with the mysterious Mr Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the legendary hotel’s owner, who recalls tales of his own under the hotel’s one-time concierge, Ralph Fiennes’s M. Gustave, and the story of a Renaissance painting of a boy with an apple. Kevin Donovan’s The Tuxedo (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Eleven) presents the remarkable Jackie Chan as Jimmy Tong, cabbie turned chauffeur to playboy millionaire Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), who turns out to be a secret agent for a top-level security organisation. The key to Devlin’s tradecraft is his prized tuxedo, which turns Chan into a hi-tech fighting machine. Kazuaki Kiriya’s Goemon (Monday, 12.40pm, SBS) is the visually splendid action epic based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes Robin Hood. The ninja thriller was produced by the legendary Takashige Ichise, who worked on key modern Asian horrors such as The Ring, Dark Water and The Grudge.
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