YOUR GUIDE TO TV GEMS
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.