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