TV High­lights

Your guide to what’s on free- to- air TV this week

Townsville Bulletin - - TV GUIDE -

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.

Room 101

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.

Hannibal

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.

Gory thrills:

Mads Mikkelsen plays the sadis­tic ti­tle char­ac­ter in

Hannibal.

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