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Sea­son two of The Coro­ner pre­mieres tonight, with vet­eran ac­tress Claire Goose re­turn­ing in the ti­tle role as Jane Kennedy. It’s a gen­tle kind of mys­tery se­ries, of the same ilk as Death in Par­adise or Mid­somer Mur­ders, but less suc­cess­ful, as it won’t be re­turn­ing for a third se­ries, ac­cord­ing to the BBC. There has been more than one Bri­tish show that hoped to be hailed as the next Down­ton Abbey. One such pre­tender was The Hal­cyon, pre­mier­ing here tonight, but ITV elected not to re­new it for a Home­land Sun­day, 11pm, Ten There was a mo­ment at the start of this sixth sea­son of Home­land when I thought: they’ve fi­nally missed the zeit­geist. For a se­ries that had been so pre­scient on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues time and again, hav­ing their fe­male pres­i­dent-elect char­ac­ter ma­nip­u­lated by her own se­cu­rity ser­vices seemed like a mis­step. (To be fair, no one in TV-land from House of Cards down has been able to keep up with the real-world in­trigues of the past year.) But this sea­son has nonethe­less twisted and con­torted the cast of well-known char­ac­ters in new and fas­ci­nat­ing ways. (Spoil­ers fol­low.) We have seen the tor­ments of Peter Quinn, a once bril­liant fighter, now a sham­bling wreck but with just enough pieces of the puz­zle in his dam­aged brain to keep him in play. Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is des­per­ately try­ing to learn the truth about Iran’s sus­pected cheat­ing on the nu­clear deal, while his erst­while friend Dar Adal (F. Murray Abra­ham) has gone com­pletely to the dark side. And of course poor Car­rie Mathi­son, while try­ing to shape the views of the in­com­ing pres­i­dent and stop the en­trap­ment of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens of Mus­lim faith, has lost le­gal cus­tody of her daugh­ter, Fran­nie. Os­ten­si­bly one for the kids, but with plenty to keep adults en­ter­tained too, check out Big Hero Six (Satur­day, 7pm, Seven) (Not Vic, Tas, WA). Pro­duced by Dis­ney, and loosely based on a Marvel comic se­ries, it tells the story of Hiro, a res­i­dent of the fu­tur­is­tic San Fran­sokyo, and his quest to un­ravel the mys­tery of his brother’s death with the help of puffy ro­bot Bay­max (Scott Ad­sit). It has a lot to say about loss, ac­cep­tance and friend­ship; a tele­vi­sion spin-off will air this year. Watch Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion and cinema ac­tor Da­mon Gameau as he in­gests 40 tea­spoons of re­fined sugar per day for 60 days in That Sugar Film (Sun­day, 8.30pm, SBS One). Can you guess what it did to his health? No con­clu­sion has been this fore­gone since Su­per Size Me. (My col­league Stephen Romei de­scribed it as a “fa­tally un­bal­anced ar­gu­ment”.) See the heart­warm­ing 2011 Bri­tish com­edy Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel (Satur­day, 6.30pm, Ten). Based on the novel Th­ese Fool­ish Things by Deb­o­rah Mog­gach, it stars Dev Pa­tel as Sonny, an en­ter­pris­ing young ho­tel man­ager who lures a group of Bri­tish re­tirees (Judi Dench, Tom Wilkin­son, Penelope Wil­ton, Bill Nighy, Mag­gie Smith, Celia Im­rie and Ron­ald Pickup) to live in a di­lap­i­dated build­ing.

A scene from Dis­ney’s Big Hero Six

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