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A re­cur­ring theme in Grand De­signs, here in its 14th sea­son, is that peo­ple re­peat­edly fail to bud­get prop­erly be­fore they start build­ing their dream homes. To­wards the end of the project the pres­sure inevitably be­gins to show. We fre­quently see peo­ple fran­ti­cally seek­ing ad­di­tional fi­nance, progress slow­ing or, in­deed, work­ers walk­ing off the job, and heart­break­ing com­pro­mises made on qual­ity or the orig­i­nal vi­sion. Simon and Jas­mine Dale are at the ex­treme end of this spec­trum: they are be­gin­ning their three-bed­room sus­tain­able house in ru­ral Pem­brokeshire with £500 ($800) in the bank; with, it must be said, a lit­tle help from their friends. But still — I can’t wait to see what host Kevin McCloud makes of all this. Don’t miss this ter­rific doc­u­men­tary se­ries — now in its sec­ond sea­son — look­ing at tal­ented Aus­tralians you may not have heard of. Last week we met Jill Bil­cock, the Academy Award­nom­i­nated film ed­i­tor, who talked about her amaz­ing ca­reer craft­ing films such as Muriel’s Wed­ding, El­iz­a­beth, Moulin Rouge!, The Dress­maker and of course Romeo + Juliet. (It is avail­able to watch on ABC iView if you missed it.) This week we meet pho­tog­ra­pher Rus­sell Ord, best known for his in­cred­i­ble im­ages of big-wave surfers. Later in­stal­ments look at doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher Robert McFar­lane, pain­ter Rose­mary Val­adon, and artist Roger Swain­ston. Luther Fri­day, 9.20pm, ABC Here, Idris Elba reprises his char­ac­ter John Luther for this two-part fourth sea­son, which also first aired on BBC First this time last year. It finds Luther re­tired from the po­lice force and liv­ing on a re­mote clifftop, pon­der­ing how much he has Luther lost. But the sup­posed death of the one per­son he still loves is the only thing to in­cite one fi­nal rule-break­ing ram­page. This sea­son also sees DCI Theo Bloom (Dar­ren Boyd) and DS Emma Lane ( Game of Thrones’ Rose Les­lie) trac­ing a grue­some chain of mur­ders. This is pos­si­bly the last in­stal­ment of this much-loved se­ries; though its lim­ited length speaks to the dif­fi­culty in se­cur­ing the in-de­mand Elba. Talk of an­other sea­son, or in­deed a film, sur­faces pe­ri­od­i­cally. Any­thing, of course, is pos­si­ble. If you look down Adam San­dler’s fil­mog­ra­phy, 2008’s You Don’t Mess with the Zo­han (Satur­day, 9.20pm, Nine) is ar­guably the last truly good film he made. He plays the un­likely role of an Is­raeli spe­cial forces sol­dier who fakes his own death to es­cape to Amer­ica and live his dream of be­ing a New York hair stylist. Also star­ring John Tur­turro, Em­manuelle Chriqui and Rob Sch­nei­der, it fin­ishes — be­lieve it or not — on an in­spir­ing note of tol­er­ance. For an en­tirely dif­fer­ent kind of film, check out Martin Scors­ese’s 2006 crime drama The De­parted (Mon­day, 9.10pm, Go), star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Da­mon, Jack Ni­chol­son, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Bald­win, Ray Win­stone and Vera Farmiga — what a cast. A re­make of the 2002 Hong Kong film In­ter­nal Af­fairs, it is set in Bos­ton amid the Ir­ish mob and state po­lice. Both have in­fil­trated each other; blood­shed fol­lows. For a topic too im­por­tant to be left to philoso­phers or drama­tists, al­low the Monty Python fel­lows to ex­plain The Mean­ing of Life (Sun­day, 12.05am, SBS). I re­call be­ing too young to watch it in the early 1980s when it pre­miered. But in due course I did; and once Mr Cre­osote’s demise has been seen, it can’t be un­seen.

Idris Elba in the ti­tle role of

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