It’s time again for this annual ritual, this year marking the Queen’s 90th birthday, and celebrated as always in front of the majestic Edinburgh Castle during the Edinburgh Festival before an audience of more than 200,000 over three weeks. But Her Majesty’s birthday is not the only milestone being celebrated in 2016: the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines is on hand to mark the centenary of the naval Battle of Jutland during World War I, and the Jordanian Royal Guard, Band and Drill Team mark a century since the Great Arab Revolt. New Zealand is also represented with the Locheil Marching Drill Team and the New Zealand Army Band, plus the Band and Drill Team of the King of Norway’s Guard. Terrific TV, if you like this sort of thing. Heather Ewart singlehandedly puts paid to many of Aunty’s critics with this charming series, exploring rural and regional Australia. Here, in episode five of nine, she visits Katanning in Western Australia to meet the locals and share with audiences their often surprising ways of life. She meets Ben Poett, driver of a B-double road train carrying 550 ewes for sale; Alep Mydie, a local coffee shop owner, shire councillor and imam; and Zee Sultani, who immigrated to Katanning from Afghanistan aged 10 with her family more than a decade ago, and now works as a community and youth officer with the shire. Full Metal Jousting Monday, 11pm, 7Mate I like to look for examples of how Game of Thrones has affected our broader culture. (It wasn’t so long ago that The Hunger Games film franchise precipated a boom in young women taking up archery like their heroine Katniss Everdeen.) Lo and behold, a push came from an Full Metal Jousting organisation called English Heritage earlier this year for jousting to be included as an Olympic sport. “If skateboarding can be included then jousting has a good chance,” said a spokesperson. The Olympics is probably a long shot, but in any case it’s already the subject of a reality TV show from the History channel, and it’s not half bad. Full Metal Jousting features 16 contestants from all walks of life, split into two teams of eight, competing for a $100,000 prize. There is some humour — and bloodshed, as you would expect. SBS OnDemand has a peerless selection of films to choose from including Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn. A triumph of visual storytelling — more meditative than narrative — it touches on something very real about families, love and the meaning of life. Also on the free platform is the 2014 sci-fi film Predestination, a genre-defining effort by the Spierig Brothers and starring Ethan Hawke and Australian actors Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook. Not surprisingly the Spierigs are set to direct the next Saw movie, and Snook has a full slate of forthcoming TV and film projects. For comic relief, try 2008’s Tropic Thunder (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Eleven), starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Steve Coogan, Matthew McConaughey and Nick Nolte. Tom Cruise steals the show with his portrayal of a fat, profane studio executive, Les Grossman, a performance that went a long way towards rehabilitating him in audiences’ minds after his couch-jumping antics on Oprah Winfrey’s show in 2005. Cruise is arguably equalled here only by Downey Jr’s portrayal of an unnamed Australian actor in blackface, and the fake trailers at the start of the film.
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