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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.

Hugo Weav­ing and Susie Porter in

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