After premiering on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel last year, animated sitcom Pacific Heat comes to Ten from Working Dog’s Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner. Pacific Heat is a bumbling undercover police team operating on the Gold Coast, fighting everyone from crooks to cartels. Think: Archer Vice. (Better still: watch Archer Vice.) Most of the humour is pretty harmless but the portrayal of one ridiculously accented Chinese villain is lazy and borderline offensive. This series, which screened on SBS two years ago, returns to On Demand ahead of the premiere of season two on May 23. In a town in northern France, bodies are being dug up and posed in model homes. Each time it is the same: a woman, a man and a teenager, none of whom were related but who now form macabre family units. This six-part police drama stars Marie Dompnier as Sandra Winckler, a talented local cop, and Thierry Lhermitte as Paul Maisonneuve, a retired local police legend and her former instructor. After a framed photograph of Maisonneuve is found at a crime scene, he is forced to return to duty, but there seems to be more to him than meets the eye. Other recent additions to On Demand include the Swedish political thriller Blue Eyes, which follows the rise of a fictional rightwing party, and Thicker Than Water, again from Sweden, which tells the story of a family-run hotel on a remote island. Seven Types of Ambiguity Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC You have two viewing options for this engrossing and addictive ABC series: episodically on free to air TV each week, or streaming the whole six episodes on ABC iView. The series began with Types of Ambiguity Seven Joe (Alex Dimitriades) arriving to pick up his son from school, and finding he had already left with strangers. When police locate the boy with Simon Heywood (Xavier Samuel) and a prostitute named Angela (Andrea Demetriades), Joe and his wife Anna (Leeanna Walsman) have tough questions to answer about how they know these two individuals. This episode is told from the point of view of Gina (Susie Porter), a lawyer who has agreed to defend Simon. It also stars Hugo Weaving as Alex Klima, Simon’s psychiatrist. There are a trio of films to recommend on SBS Viceland this week, beginning with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Wednesday, 11.05pm, SBS Viceland). Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood and Tom Wilkinson, it tells a tale of falling in and out of love — assisted by a future technology that erases painful memories. (Who can forget the nolonger amorous couple of Carrey and Winslet, silently eating Chinese food and asking, “Are we like those bored couples you feel sorry for in restaurants? Are we the dining dead?”) Now the subject a two-season TV adaptation in the US, check out David Michod’s 2010 film Animal Kingdom (Monday, 8.30pm). It stars Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Sullivan Stapleton and Jacki Weaver, and tells the story of a twisted Melbourne crime family; Weaver’s Smurf steals the show. “Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion,” says Kitty Farmer (Beth Grant) of a fictional kid’s dance troupe in Donnie Darko (Wednesday, 9pm), one long-lived meme from the 2001 film starring Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell and Patrick Swayze.
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