Fic­tional cops back in vogue too

TV Guide’s picks out the best on the box for the week ahead.

The Southland Times - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Du­chovny does the 60s thing

It was the dawn­ing of the Age Of Aquarius, or so the 1967 hit song from the mu­si­cal Hair claimed at the time. But for some folk, the com­ing time of ‘‘har­mony and un­der­stand­ing’’ was any­thing but – es­pe­cially the cult leader Charles Manson, whose crimes in the ‘‘flower power’’ years form the ba­sis of Aquarius, the new US cop drama star­ring David Du­chovny. Dave isn’t the bad guy in this, how­ever. He’s the cop who is on Manson’s case four years be­fore the in­fa­mous Tate-LaBianca mur­ders. Look out for some se­ri­ous ’60s fash­ion and mu­sic.

TV One, Tues­day, 9.30pm

Not so great ex­pec­ta­tions

If you think you are a vic­tim of the ram­pant Auck­land hous­ing mar­ket, you may want to take a look at a new re­al­ity se­ries called House Hunt, which looks at some of the folk des­per­ately try­ing to get a foot on the prop­erty lad­der in some of New Zealand’s pricier mar­kets. And it’s not only the Queen City that is prov­ing dif­fi­cult. Other cities, like Welling­ton and Queen­stown, are prov­ing out of reach for many. Is the Kiwi dream of home own­er­ship be­com­ing a night­mare?

TV One, Sun­day, 8pm

Go­ing Men­tal

Af­ter seven sea­sons and 150 episodes, Simon Baker is fi­nally hang­ing up his waist­coat and say­ing good­bye to The Men­tal­ist, Pa­trick Jane. Baker jokes in a TV Guide in­ter­view that the se­ries should have ended af­ter se­ries three, but the con­cept proved so popular that the net­work wouldn’t let it go. So se­ries seven be­gins with Jane and his work­ing part­ner, Lis­bon, fi­nally com­ing to grips with their sim­mer­ing new re­la­tion­ship and try­ing to keep it a se­cret. Yeah – fat chance!

TV One, Tues­day, 8.30pm

Cop­ping it as a WPC

Nos­tal­gia seems to be back in fash­ion with Bri­tish dra­mas th­ese days, and one of the more re­cent bobby-on-the-beat shows takes a dif­fer­ent view­point of the job of a cop­per – by fo­cus­ing on a 1950s fe­male po­lice constable. Clau­dia Jessie takes over the lead role in se­ries three of WPC 56, play­ing An­nie Tay­lor, who de­cides that a dark blue uni­form is the life for her. But this is the 1950s and, for many of her male col­leagues, a WPC’s job is still to make the tea and com­fort griev­ing rel­a­tives. Not this one, fel­las.

Vibe, Mon­day, 8.30pm

Meet the Ful­fords

So, you want to know how the other half re­ally lives? A new Bri­tish re­al­ity se­ries ti­tled Life Is Toff may just put you off be­ing an aris­to­crat for life. Dubbed ‘‘the Os­bournes in tweed’’, the se­ries fol­lows the ec­cen­tric and aris­to­cratic Ful­ford fam­ily at home on their 800-year-old coun­try es­tate, as the badly-be­haved chil­dren grap­ple with com­ing of age un­der the watch­ful eye of short–tem­pered dad Fran­cis. With an an­cient manor house to main­tain, it seems that be­ing born in to the landed gen­try isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Down­ton Abbey, it ain’t.

Prime TV, Wed­nes­day, 9pm. Ale­jan­dro Gon­za­lez Inar­ritu’s Os­car-win­ning black com­edy is a sear­ing satire and su­perb show­case for one of the forgotten men of Hol­ly­wood – Michael Keaton.

In a barely dis­guised nod to his own cos­tumed ca­reer, Keaton plays Rig­gan Thom­son, the for­mer Bird­man of the ti­tle. Evok­ing mem­o­ries of the likes of last year’s Chef (with its rants against mod­ern ‘‘so­cial me­dia’’), 1990s en­ter­tain­ment satires The Player and Wait­ing for Guff­man and even Shake­speare’s Mac­beth, Bird­man is a fast-paced, high-wire act that en­ter­tains and en­grosses from start to fin­ish.

The im­pres­sive sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Ed­ward Nor­ton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Clau­dia Jessie takes the lead in a new se­ries of WPC 56.

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