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Drunk History Aus­tralia Mon­day, 10pm, Ten

Drunk History US Wed­nes­day, 9.50pm, 10 Shake

There’s a cer­tain lock­down syn­chronic­ity to Ten’s launch of its clev­erly bi­fur­cated fourth chan­nel, 10 Shake, this week­end. Among the shows fea­tured on the new strand is the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can ver­sion of the im­mensely funny ac­quired taste Drunk History (pissed co­me­di­ans re­count the past as it’s acted and lip­synched by name tal­ent), even as the chan­nel’s moth­er­ship re­plays the equally hi­lar­i­ous lo­cal ver­sion. Mon­day’s episode finds Matt Okine re­count­ing what in­spired Banjo Pater­son (Tex Perkins) to write Waltz­ing Matilda, while Em Rus­ciano tells of Dawn Fraser (Erin McNaught) steal­ing the flag at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Wed­nes­day’s half-hour in­cludes Wil­liam Ran­dolph Hearst (John Lith­gow) clash­ing with

Or­son Welles (Jack Black) over the mak­ing of Cit­i­zen Kane as told by Steve Berg. Drunk History joins such other adult fare in the evenings as free-to-air new­com­ers The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Charlotte Show and the first sea­son of Teen Mom Aus­tralia. From 6am to 6pm, 10 Shake fea­tures chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming.

Lock­down Sto­ries

Tues­day, 9.30pm, ABC and iView

“My skills aren’t wholly suited to deal­ing with a health cri­sis,” emerg­ing film­maker Neve says apolo­get­i­cally to her doc­tor par­ents at home in Launce­s­ton as the re­stric­tions com­mence, “but I wanted to help you and sup­port you, so I made this.” Hers is one of the seven in­ti­mate vi­gnettes told by emerg­ing artists men­tored by ABC Re­li­gion & Ethics pro­duc­ers Tracey Spring and Olivia Rous­set. Bernie in North Fitzroy gives us a glimpse into his group house and a lo­cal restau­rant cook­ing for front­line work­ers, while in­ter­na­tional stu­dent Anna wor­ries from her one-room Bris­bane apart­ment about her mother and grand­mother in north­ern Italy who have tested pos­i­tive. Yol­ngu woman Siena shows her Yir­rkala com­mu­nity in North Eastern Arn­hem Land pri­ori­tis­ing its el­ders’ safety, and Tyla’s Passover in Mel­bourne is en­hanced by her large fam­ily. In Cairns, per­for­mance artist Lou con­fronts her soli­tude with grace, and Brazil­ian­born Eric hosts his fam­ily in Perth when they’re stranded here fol­low­ing his wed­ding.

The Feed Presents Sur­ro­gacy in the Time of Covid

Tues­day, 10pm, SBS and SBS On De­mand

“Who’s left hold­ing the baby?” is the flip yet fair ques­tion press as­sets ask in this poignant and thought-pro­vok­ing edi­tion of The Feed. As news re­ports tell of peo­ple sep­a­rated and/or stranded by re­stric­tions, bor­ders, oceans and fi­nances, spare a thought for those who en­gaged sur­ro­gates, here and in­ter­na­tion­ally, to as­sist in grow­ing their fam­i­lies. Vet­eran SBS jour­nal­ist and pro­ducer Elise Po­taka has done just that, with rev­e­la­tory re­sults. Kath is in Syd­ney car­ry­ing a child for same-sex ex­pec­tant par­ents Ben and Terry in Bris­bane; can the cou­ple get there, and back, in time? Aus­tralian Stephen and his part­ner have a sur­ro­gate in Texas, while also state­side, carer Tr­ish looks af­ter in­fant Zach while the baby’s new Chi­nese par­ents at­tempt to get there from the main­land to col­lect her (“def­i­nitely not part of the job de­scrip­tion,” she says cheer­fully). Syd­neysiders So­phie and Ju­lian dash to the Ukraine for their new baby, with time run­ning out. “Magic,” says So­phie of their jour­ney, “but very over­whelm­ing and scary and beau­ti­ful and joy­ful and all that at the same time.”

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