YOUR GUIDE TO TV GEMS

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

ACROSS the free- to- air net­works and sub­scrip­tion TV chan­nels, there are hun­dreds of op­tions when it comes to what to watch on the box.

We’ve waded through the list­ings to find the very best shows each night, from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional drama to doc­u­men­tary and re­al­ity, and be­yond. If you’re look­ing for a de­cent drama on the free- to- air net­works, you won’t find many. This one is pretty good, with the ex­cep­tional James Spader play­ing the cal­cu­lat­ing Ray­mond Red­ding­ton. And this sea­son re­turn left au­di­ences in the US stunned. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have seen it a bit sooner – it aired months ago. And ear­lier – it starts at 9.15pm and goes for an hour.

Lip Sync Bat­tle on Nine on Mon­day at 9pm. Celebri­ties bat­tle each other in a mime- off of mu­si­cal hits. If you own a com­puter, you’ve prob­a­bly seen the clips on YouTube months ago. But it’s easy and fun view­ing. Can you make your clan less mis­er­able us­ing science? That’s what this show aims to find out. And although you might think you and your brood are pretty con­tent, some con­sid­ered re­flec­tion might open your eyes. John Aiken – the re­la­tion­ship guru from Mar­ried At First Sight – is back to over­haul the at­ti­tudes of three un­happy fam­i­lies. There are lessons here for ev­ery­one, sin­gle or mar­ried, kids or not. Un­safe Sex In The City on ABC2 on Tues­day at 9.30pm. If you’ve got kids, you’ll never let them leave the house again af­ter see­ing this fac­tual re­al­ity show about a sex­ual health clinic and its many colour­ful clients. We’ll give this new Aussie drama the ben­e­fit of the doubt. It could just be a slow burn. The plot feels fa­mil­iar, with a bunch of peo­ple who were dead and are sud­denly back, but it has a uniquely lo­cal flavour. We pre­sume the rest of the episodes to come will ex­plore how these peo­ple re­turned and why. This de­but episode has its mo­ments, but the pace is off. Watch it and see what you think – it’s worth a look.

Junk Food Kids: Who’s To Blame on Lifestyle You on Thurs­day at 9.30pm. As far as con­tentious is­sues go, this one’s a doozy. It looks at over­weight kids and the rea­sons for their ill health. In my eyes, Graham Nor­ton can do no wrong. This show is al­ways funny, even if the guests are a bit dull. It must be the su­per bright set­ting that brings out the best in ev­ery­one. It’s al­most worth can­celling your Fri­day night plans for. This week, he’s joined by ac­tors Stan­ley Tucci and Kim Cat­trall, with co­me­di­ans Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. Snog, Marry, Avoid? on Eleven on Fri­day at 10pm. Oh, how I love this show. A bunch of pun­ters are polled on whether they’d kiss, shack up with or run a mile from some very weird, wacky and out­ra­geous case stud­ies, who then un­dergo a makeover to see if their prospects have im­proved. If you didn’t see this lo­cal flick when it was re­leased a year or so back, catch it now. Star­ring Joel Edger­ton and cur­rent itac­tor Jai Court­ney, it’s about an oth­er­wise de­cent cop in­volved in a hit and run, and the col­league who sus­pects he’s re­spon­si­ble for it. De­grassi on ABC3 on Satur­day at 9pm. The more things change, the more they stay the same – and that’s cer­tainly the case with teenagers. Take a trip down mem­ory lane with this en­dur­ing youth drama. There’s more tech­nol­ogy, but the many tri­als and tribu­la­tions of the teen cast cer­tainly ring a bell.

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