Commencing this week, Riviera, created by Neil Jordan ( The Borgias), has much to recommend it. It stars Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia, with Lena Olin, Julia Stiles and Game of Thrones’s Iwan Rheon. Set in exotic Monaco, it tells the story of a wealthy patriarch (LaPaglia’s Constantine Clios) who is killed in an explosion aboard a boat full of Russians. Add a young wife, an ex-wife and a complement of children, and you have a sufficiently mysterious melodrama. It is “everything but the kitchen sink’’ this week at Ten. The pick of the bunch is the 22nd season of The Graham Norton Show (Friday, 8.30pm) which this week features guests Australian actress Margot Robbie, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling (stars of the forthcoming film Blade Runner 2049), among others. Season five of Gogglebox (Thursday, 8.30pm) begins this week, once again presenting a running commentary on TV — much of it of the reality genre — from a cast of everyday Australians. Law and Order: SVU (Thursday, 9.30pm) returns for its 19th season with regular stars Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Fin Tutuola (Ice-T), plus a cameo from “an old friend” … my money is on Christopher Meloni. Hawaii Five-O (Wednesday, Riviera 9.30pm) is back after losing South Korean-born actor Daniel Dae Kim ( Lost) and Grace Park ( Battlestar Galactica), of Korean heritage, following a “pay equality” dispute with CBS. Meaghan Rath joins Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. NCIS: LA (Tuesday, 9.30pm) is back for its ninth season. And the Matt LeBlanc stay-at-home dad comedy Man with a Plan (Monday, 9.30pm) makes its debut; although not well received by critics in the US, it has been renewed for a second season. If you enjoy a good scare, you won’t do better this week than 2015’s supernatural horror film It Follows (Wednesday, 8.30pm, Viceland). It stars Maika Monroe as Jay Height, an ordinary American teenage girl, who is pursued by a mysterious and malevolent entity after a sexual encounter. Some saw the obvious analogy to sexually transmitted disease, though writer and director David Robert Mitchell told DigitalSpy: “The basic idea of being followed by something that looked like different people came from a recurring nightmare I had when I was a kid. Later, as an adult, I added the sexual aspect of passing on this terrible thing. It came at two different points of my life.” Also this week, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou star in 2005’s Blood Diamond (Monday, 9.10pm, GO!), about the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone and — of course — the role diamonds play in conflict. In widely reported comments last week, Gwyneth Paltrow said her lifestyle website Goop would take priority over acting in the near future. It seems far less than two decades since it came to cinema screens, but check out Paltrow’s first leading role in 1996’s Emma (Friday, 8.30pm, Eleven), based on Jane Austen’s novel.
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