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Law and Or­der: SVU. Who can say why these shows grab your imag­i­na­tion for days, weeks or in this case per­haps even — for some — since it pre­miered in 1999? In this episode, from sea­son 17, a child ab­duc­tor’s trial gets com­pli­cated when a plea deal is re­jected. Next Satur­day at 7.30pm, sea­son 18 re­turns with a case of a sex­u­ally as­saulted woman. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion takes its toll on Carisi (Peter Scanavino), while Ben­son (Mariska Har­gi­tay) grap­ples with whether it is time to re­tire … please, no. Check out Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt (Thurs­day, 12.50am, SBS), a dark Dan­ish film from 2012. Di­rected by Thomas Vin­ter­berg, it was nom­i­nated for the best for­eign lan­guage film Os­car in 2014. Mikkelsen plays Lu­cas, a warm­hearted kin­der­garten teacher in a close-knit vil­lage. His friend­ships with stu­dents are re­garded as per­fectly nat­u­ral un­til the daugh­ter of his best friend, Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen), makes an ac­cu­sa­tion of a sex­ual na­ture. The thin ve­neer of the vil­lage’s friend­li­ness and tol­er­ance is ripped apart, and Lu­cas be­comes the vic­tim of a witch-hunt that keeps es­ca­lat­ing — the end­ing is sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent. Frank Un­der­wood, Lester Burn­ham and Ver­bal Kint: surely among the roles that Kevin Spacey will be best re­mem­bered for. Bryan Singer’s mys­tery thriller The Usual Sus­pects (Mon­day, 9.10pm, Go) screens this week, with Spacey as Kint (or is he?) along­side Stephen Bald­win, Gabriel Byrne, Beni­cio Del Toro, Kevin Pol­lak, Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postleth­waite. Ri­d­ley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (Tues­day, 9pm, Go), star­ring Eric Bana, Josh Hart­nett, Ewan McGre­gor and Tom Size­more, is more than 15 years old but is still re­mark­able for its ur­ban bat­tle­field re­al­ism.

The cast of Law and Or­der: SVU

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