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 News.com.au 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