For an interesting new spin on the competitive cooking genre, check out The Chef’s Line hosted by Maeve O’Meara, which aims to ”shine a light on the multicultural appeal of Australia’s diverse food culture”. Each week talented home cooks will go up against restaurant chefs, in an escalating order from apprentice to head chef. (O’Meara also gives a guided tour of the featured restaurant.) And each week a different ethnic cuisine is selected; last week it was Vietnamese (the banh xeo looked delicious, the durian not so much). This week explores African cuisines and features the chef’s line from Adelaide restaurant Africola. The judges include chef Dan Hong, indigenous chef Mark Olive and food writer Melissa Leong. This promising new local drama boasts a roster of Australian TV royalty including Lisa McCune, Vince Colosimo and John Howard, and tells the story of a once-great football club called the Warriors which has pinned its hopes and remaining reputation on three untested rookies — played by Gordon Churchill, Ben Knight and Nelson Baker — and one jaded star, played by Reece Milne. It is produced by Tony Briggs ( The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly ( The Slap, Barracuda). In the debut episode, it is the mundane matter of making it to the media conference on time which occupies these characters; it’s apparently easier than you imagine to get lost in the bowels of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Gardening Australia Friday, 7.30pm, ABC Costa Georgiadis is perhaps best known for his incredible beard; less known is his work for the charity Beards On, which encourages men to Gardening Australia grow their facial hair for 90 days during winter and in doing so, raise money for trees. He is a class act. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Gardening Australia devotes this episode to all things Easter. Plus there are segments on: how chooks, ducks and geese can help in the garden; how to make a holiday herb basket; and what our native animals really need to eat to prosper. Georgiadis also reminisces about his childhood Easter celebrations with the Greek community in Sydney’s Neilsen Park. With the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman on the roll call you’d expect big things from The Monuments Men (Saturday, 6.30pm, Ten). This Clooney-directed film is based on the true story of an unlikely Allied platoon tasked with finding and saving prized artworks from the Nazis during World War II. The film is based on a nonfiction book of the same name, and certainly had plenty of potential, but garnered mixed reviews from critics. Nonetheless, it’s solid entertainment that manages a clever combination of drama and humour. Watch the end credits to see black-andwhite photos of the real people involved in the mission and some of the treasures they saved. Disappointment is unlikely to be your response to Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (Saturday, 8.30pm, 7Two). Felicity Jones also impresses in her Oscar-nominated role as the great physicist’s wife, Jane. And on an entirely different note, trace South Park co-creator Trey Parker’s pre- Book of Mormon obsession with that religion in Orgazmo (Monday, 10.30pm, SBS Viceland), in which he plays a young Mormon recruited into the porn industry.
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