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Thir­teen years ago in York, Eng­land, arche­ol­o­gists ex­ca­vat­ing a plot of land dis­cov­ered an­cient hu­man bod­ies, but un­like any other his­tor­i­cal mass grave found be­fore in Bri­tain, they were all head­less. Pot­tery helped date the buried bod­ies to the Ro­man era, when the city was known as Eb­o­racum. And it was al­most iden­ti­cal to an­other mass grave in Eph­e­sus, Turkey. Here, arche­ol­o­gist Kurt Hunter-Mann ex­plores this un­canny co­in­ci­dence. Aus­tralia fol­lows ge­nial chef turned farmer Paul West’s mis­sion to set up a sus­tain­able prop­erty on the far south coast of NSW. While the qual­ity of West’s pro­duce is un­de­ni­able, his friend­li­ness and sense of com­mu­nity is even more im­pres­sive. The fourth sea­son aired on Fox­tel last year, but it is thought un­likely the se­ries will con­tinue. West told about be­com­ing a fa­ther: “Your fo­cus just changes — all of a sud­den you go into nur­ture mode. It’s less that ‘nar­cis­sis­tic self’ ap­proach where you think about what you want and your­self and your life. You’re start­ing to pour your en­ergy into some­body else’s life and it’s the best.” The fact the south coast prop­erty was placed on the mar­ket ear­lier this year would seem to be con­clu­sive. Yet free-to-air view­ers can en­joy his jour­ney here, from the be­gin­ning. Michael Mosley: Queen Vic­to­ria’s Slum Tues­day, 7.30pm, SBS con­nec­tions to the slums — will need to feed them­selves and make enough money to pay their rent. It is per­haps too ob­vi­ous to ob­serve this could be Mosley’s most ef­fec­tive diet yet. And there is some­thing uned­i­fy­ing about the re­cent crop of TV shows on SBS al­low­ing peo­ple to sim­u­late mis­for­tune — such as Filthy Rich and Home­less. Is it time for Chris Lil­ley to bring back Ja’mie, his most di­a­bolic cre­ation, to skewer so­ci­ety’s os­ten­ta­tious char­ity and virtues­ig­nalling? It’s a yes from me. With Daniel Day-Lewis’s re­cent an­nounce­ment of re­tire­ment, there will be ex­cep­tional in­ter­est in the up­com­ing Paul Thomas An­der­son film (as yet un­ti­tled) in which he stars, and also in his most cel­e­brated roles, such as 2007’s There Will Be Blood (Mon­day, 8.30pm, One). Here he plays an as­pir­ing oil baron will­ing to tram­ple all pro­pri­eties, fam­ily and god-fear­ing folk in his way. It also stars Paul Dano and Ciaran Hinds. (It would be safe to ex­pect im­mi­nent broad­casts of My Left Foot, Lin­coln, Gangs of New York, In the Name of the Fa­ther and so on.) Be­fore True De­tec­tive, Cary Fuku­naga di­rected a cel­e­brated ver­sion of Jane Eyre (Satur­day, 8.30pm, 7Two), star­ring Aus­tralian ac­tress Mia Wasikowska in the ti­tle role along­side Michael Fass­ben­der as Rochester. Ahead of Novem­ber’s pre­miere of Muriel’s Wed­ding: The Mu­si­cal in Syd­ney star­ring Mag­gie McKenna (daugh­ter of co­me­dian Gina Ri­ley), check out the 1994 film on which is it was based: Muriel’s Wed­ding (Wed­nes­day, 9.15pm, Nine). Writ­ten and di­rected by PJ Ho­gan, and star­ring Toni Col­lette, Rachel Grif­fiths, So­phie Lee and Bill Hunter, and fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of ABBA, it has main­tained its pop­u­lar­ity over more than two decades.

Paul West with Alicia Cor­dia and their son Otto in River Cot­tage Aus­tralia

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