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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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

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