Your guide to what’s on free- to- air TV this week
SEVEN, Friday, 7pm It’s such a stalwar t of Friday night TV that you don’t even need to know anything about the segments to want to tune in. It’s comfor t viewing of the top order. Each week brings ideas and DIY projects for the house and garden, cour tesy of long- time contributors Jason Hodges and Tara Dennis. Now we also have fresh faces with former House Rules winner Adam Doville and ex- Home and Away actress Demi Harman joining the crew. Meanwhile, the kitchen beckons with muchloved recipes and enter taining tips from the family- oriented Fast Ed and talented chef Karen Martini. The whole package is polished off by host Johanna Griggs, whose presence is like a big, warm hug.
SBS, Saturday, 8.30pm Despite being inspired by the tor ture room in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty- Four, this new Aussie take on the BBC comedy of the same name offers plenty to smile about. Hosted by veteran funnyman Paul McDermott, viewers will get twice the laughs tonight as Room
premieres with a delightful double- episode in which special guests reveal their pet peeves and tr y to convince McDermott to consign those cer tain things, people or concepts to the Room 101 vault ( the idea being that doing so banishes them from the world forever). First up are SBS favourites Julia Zemiro and the hilarious H. G. Nelson, who each share several unique things they would like to never see again.
Inspector George Gently
ABC, Sunday, 8.30pm This old- school British crime drama, set in the 1960s, revolves around the criminal cases of old- school detective George Gently ( Martin Shaw) and his ambitious sidekick Detective Sergeant John Bacchus ( Lee Ingleby). Tonight, US visitors have arrived and Scott Parker’s ( Nick Sidi) 40th bir thday party at a country music club is in full swing. However, there’s tension and disagreement among the friends over the “wildcat” rubbish bin strikes. The morning after the night before, Gently is called to a body found lying on a rubbish pile under the Tyne Bridge. It looks like a suicide, but Gently thinks the man was dead before he landed.
SEVEN, Monday, 10.30pm This gripping series lingers in a latenight timeslot for good reason: it is not for the faint- hearted. If blood, gore and tor ture don’t agree with you, you’ve come to the wrong place, but you’d be missing out, because this may be the best show on TV. Following sadistic killer Hannibal ( played with finesse and ferociousness by Dane Mads Mikkelsen), season two will get your heart rate up and blood racing from its masterful opening seconds. Perceptions of reality feel fluid and unsteady, as Will ( Hugh Dancy) decries his innocence and Hannibal and Jack ( Laurence Fishburne) struggle to get their heads around the fact he is in jail.
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