Witnesses Streaming on SBS On Demand, from Tuesday
Season one of this excellent French detective series is available on SBS On Demand if you need to re-acquaint yourself with detective Sandra Winckler (Marie Dompnier) and her seemingly cursed region of France. Last season focused on bodies being dug up and posed as families in model homes, each featuring a woman, a man and a teenager. This season, a bus has appeared on its normal morning route, carrying the frozen bodies of more than a dozen well-dressed men. Winckler quickly discovers they have all been missing for three years, and all had a lover in common: Catherine Keemer (Audrey Fleurot). Keemer, however, is suffering from amnesia and can’t account for her movements in the past three years. A mystery indeed.
The Simpsons Wednesday, 8.30pm, Eleven
This week brings the season 28 finale of The Simpsons. For my money the best episode this season was Caper Chase. Monty Burns is touring his alma mater Yale University, and is considering making a donation when he refers to someone as a fellow. “Fellow?” the man responds. “That word is cisgender-normative, OK? You’re worse than Hitler!” To which Burns replies: “Too late for flattery. I’m not giving this school a dime.” He then opens a for-profit university, a thinly veiled spoof of the real-life Trump University. The episode segues into an Ex Machina spoof, and concludes with screenwriting guru Robert McKee decrying the show’s act structure. Gold.
Janet King Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC
The ever-popular Marta Dusseldorp returns to our screens with this singular legal character, Janet King, who has now been seconded to the National Crime Commission. We see her in this no-holds-barred legal inquisition, where she is attempting to get to the bottom of a tangled web of cricket match fixing, corruption, performanceenhancing drugs, and maybe even murder. But repeatedly we see her ferocious legal attacks thwarted by a hilariously thin knowledge of cricket. And her encounter with professional sports sees her subconsciously begin to push her own children in their chosen field of athletics. Later, a figure from her past will appear before the NCC, and King will have to decide what price she is willing to pay to win.
Marta Dusseldorp in Janet King