Your guide to what’s on free- to- air TV this week
ELEVEN, Friday, 7.30pm Eleven seasons in and this reality series still has no shor tage of smooth movers willing to strut their stuff on stage. In fact, after more than a decade on the air, there are almost cer tainly some aspiring stars on this show who were inspired by it when they were only kids and have been working their way to this stage ever since. This week, Paula Abdul and her fellow judges return to Las Vegas for callbacks where they will each choose 10 stage dancers and 10 street dancers who will advance to the next stage of the competition. It’s not ever yone’s cup of tea, but even this show’s biggest cynics would surely admit the performers put on a hell of a show.
David Suchet: Footsteps Of St Peter
SBS, Saturday, 7.30pm In the second of this two- par t series, actor David Suchet continues his pilgrimage to learn all he can about the man we know now as Saint Peter. The New Testament claims that Peter was the man who took charge of the movement after the death of Jesus. Renowned British actor of stage and screen, Suchet tries to establish how Peter, who was previously painted as an impulsive and troubled man, could fill the shoes of the charismatic Lord and Saviour. Suchet also tries to discover if there is any evidence to suppor t the claims that Peter was martyred in Rome to become the Roman Catholic Church’s inaugural pope.
Al Capone: Icon
SBS, Sunday, 8.30pm How is it that a ruthless killer and gangster achieved a celebrity status whose name conjures up images of pin- striped suits, gun battles and bloody violence? Debate circles around whether Al Capone was a quintessential self- made American man, or nothing but a dangerous thug. Capone, who ran the notorious Chicago Outfit for seven years in the 1920s, was a complicated figure to say the least. Perhaps one of the first celebrated anti- heroes, he had a hand in killing hundreds while maintaining a hugely popular public profile and was known for his dynamic charisma. A fascinating insight.
ABC, Monday, 9.35pm Thought- provoking and intelligent, this current affairs program is fronted by the incisive Tony Jones. With a revolving door of politicians, business people, celebrities and academics offering their views and opinions with questions coming from the studio audience and online from viewers at home, there are almost always news- worthy quotes taken from the show. Now that our Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stuck his nose in and demanded a review of the show’s procedures after a controversial opinion was aired, there is even more reason to tune in and see what the fuss is about.
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