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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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