It’s taken only 20 years, but Australia is finally getting its own spin-off of the Japanese series Sasuke, known to English-speaking audiences as Ninja Warror. Think: It’s a Knockout, but without the cheesiness. In fact, as the American adaptation has shown, this amateur competition can become quite serious for participants. Some, such as Kacy Catanzaro, have become akin to folk heroes for their valiant performances, returning year after year to test themselves. This local series will be hosted by Freddie Flintoff, Rebecca Maddern and Ben Fordham. Can they measure up to American Ninja Warrior’s Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, and Kristine Leahy? As the Netflix knock-off Ultimate Beastmaster showed, chemistry is a hard thing to emulate. Casting for reality series at UK’s Channel 4 seems to be something of a revolving door. Anthony Middleton, formerly of the Special Boat Service, will be familiar to fans of the series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Those with keen eyes may recognise Ben Gotsell, a cheeky chap who first appeared in 2011’s Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day, in which a Roman villa was built with traditional methods and materials in Shropshire. (The biggest casting headache for the channel has undoubtedly been The Great British Bake Off, with comedians Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig joining new judge Prue Leith. Tensions reported in the British press include Fielding’s refusal to eat cakes due to worries about possible weight gain.) A crew of nine sailors features in this terrific new series which re-enacts the post-mutiny journey of Lieutenant William Bligh in a 23-foot boat across the Pacific Ocean. With no toilets, nothing to eat except ship’s biscuits (at a meagre 400 calories each), rotting hands, and weather conditions that would terrify even the saltiest of sea dogs, these men attempt to measure up against one of one history’s most remarkable feats of survival. Mutiny Diana: Seven Days that Shook the World Tuesday, 8.30pm, ABC Episode two of this excellent documentary examines the lead-up to Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. It features broadcasts from the time, interviews with key participants and observers, and highlights a moment when critics openly questioned whether the British royal family could retain popular support. I can’t think of a film subjected to a more unnecessary remake than 1991’s Point Break (Thursday, 8.30pm, GO). Starring Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey and Patrick Swayze, the original film told a tale of bank-robbing surfers, culminating in a scene at Bells Beach. (“How very dare they,” as Catherine Tate might say.) For a franchise that has been ceaselessly remade, rebooted and reimagined since it began, check out the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Tonight, 7pm, Gem), followed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (9.40pm). Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto — who play Kirk and Spock, respectively, in the latest reboot of the film franchise — reportedly are signed for an as-yet-unnamed fourth instalment, while the new television series Star Trek: Discovery is expected on Netflix later this year. The suggestion that the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day (Tonight, 7pm, 7Flix) should be remade is the province of satirical news sites, which claim it ought to be reshot and re-released over and over, the same in every particular. Of course they are riffing off the conceit of the film — which also stars Andie MacDowell — wherein Murray’s Phil wakes up each day in the same town, on the same day.
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