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