This show reminds me of The Prestige, where Christian Bale’s magician disappears from one side of the stage only to reappear on the other side — ta da! Host Karl Stefanovic has proven to have magic where it really matters — ratings — for This Time Next Year, which features Australians making pledges and returning to show their progress a year later. This week, an osteopath dreams of running away to the circus. ABC’s premier science program Catalyst returns this week, and it's a rather toothless affair. Clearly seeking to sidestep past controversies about coverage of statins and Wi-Fi that saw the former host depart, we are treated to what could be described as softball Beyond 2000- style infotainment. Biomechanical engineer Jordan Nguyen, the developer of a mind-controlled smart wheelchair that was the subject of an earlier documentary, Becoming Superhuman, presents the latest in virtual reality. Future episodes will see Tim Flannery pondering whether seaweed can save the world; astrophysicist Graham Phillips on whether we are alone in the universe; and Nikki Stamp on how we should look after our hearts (but will she mention the S-word?) and the latest medical advances to live a long and healthy life. Fortitude Streaming on SBS On Demand The opening scenes of this new psychological thriller are thoroughly discombobulating. The great British actor Michael Gambon is walking along a shoreline in the Arctic, with a long-lensed camera in hand. Gradually he hears screaming and in the distance sees a man being eaten by a polar bear. He takes his rifle, aims unsteadily, Fortitude then shoots the man dead. The fictional town of Fortitude is new to the experience of violent crime and the resulting investigations cause the local police officers to suspect and mistrust one another. The cast includes Stanley Tucci ( The Hunger Games), Richard Dormer ( Game of Thrones’ Beric Dondarrion), Christopher Eccleston ( Doctor Who), and Danish actress Sofie Grabol ( The Killing), with Dennis Quaid and Michelle Fairley ( Game of Thrones again) joining for season two, which is also available to stream. Irish director Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold (Tonight, 9.45pm, Seven; not Vic, Tas, SA) was a far better film than many critics gave it credit for. Luke Evans ( The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies) stars as Vlad “the Impaler” Tepes who becomes a vampire to protect his wife (Sarah Gadon) and family. It also stars Charles Dance (most recently seen in Game of Thrones as Tywin Lannister) as the Master Vampire. The 2013 romantic sci-fi film Her (Tonight, 8.30pm, SBS Viceland), starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, leaves you with the distinct impression of director Spike Jonze’s prescience. The plot follows Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), who falls in love with his computer operating system, Samantha; but as so many love stories go, she begins to outgrow him and things get complicated. Check out Journey to the West (Wednesday, 8.30pm, SBS Viceland) one of the most enjoyable versions of this evergreen Chinese fable. Tang Sanzang (Wen Zhang) is an aspiring demon hunter, but when he meets the real deal, Miss Duan (Taiwanese actress Shu Qi), it’s love at first sight. But first, with her help, Sanzang must tame the legendary Monkey King.
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