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