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If you feel like you might pre­fer watch­ing the grass grow to watch­ing the roy­als at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wed­ding this week­end, never fear, as ABC has en­sured you can do both with the Queen es­cort­ing David At­ten­bor­ough around Buck­ing­ham Palace’s gar­dens. The im­pe­tus for this tour is the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy project, which com­prises a net­work of pro­tected forests in each of the 53 Com­mon­wealth coun­tries, said to be the first en­vi­ron­men­tal project Her Majesty has put her name to. And there is a de­li­cious scene where At­ten­bor­ough points out to the Queen that her fancy gar­den sun­dial is in the shade, wherein she fixes some­one off cam­era with a stare and is­sues the di­rec­tive masked as a suggestion: “Maybe we With the re­turn of Shaun Mi­callef’s quiz show Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion, many have rem­i­nisced about the se­ries’ most no­to­ri­ous in­ci­dent: when a bucket of sour cream was tipped over ac­tor Josh Thomas’s grand­mother Mona in a game called “hu­man na­cho”. If that sounds funny, this may be the show for you — and vice versa. This sea­son Robyn But­ler leads the Gen X team, with co­me­dian Andy Lee lead­ing team Gen Y, and young ac­tor Lau­rence Box­hall cap­tain­ing Gen Z. This week’s guests in­clude Eddie Per­fect, co­me­dian Kate McClen­nan and ac­tress Brenna Hard­ing. Out­back Rab­bis Wed­nes­day, 8.35pm, SBS Af­ter last week’s Le­banese Beauty Queens, SBS’s ter­rific third sea­son of doc­u­men­taries un­der the ban­ner of Un­told Aus­tralia con­tin­ues this week with Out­back Rab­bis. (I love the ti­tle mu­sic: a spaghetti western and klezmer mashup.) Dressed in their tra­di­tional suits and hats, Ul­tra-Ortho­dox rab­bis Yossi from Mel­bourne and Ari from Cairns and their fam­i­lies board a camper­van to rat­tle across re­mote and re­gional Aus­tralian towns in their search for “lost Jews”. From north­ern Queens­land rain­forests to Uluru, this doc­u­men­tary seeks to un­cover the world of the Aus­tralian Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in the bush. Long be­fore A Quiet Place, the 2016 an­i­mated film The Red Tur­tle (stream­ing on SBS On De­mand) screened in lim­ited re­lease, also with­out di­a­logue across its 80 min­utes. In the for­mer, it’s used as hor­ror; here, to a more melan­cholic effect. Co-writ­ten and di­rected by Dutch an­i­ma­tor Michael Du­dok de Wit for Japan’s Stu­dio Ghi­bli, it is set on a desert is­land and fea­tures a man, a red tur­tle and — I won’t spoil the rest. It was nom­i­nated for an Os­car. Cor­po­rate thrillers are al­most a sub-niche within the book world, but Joseph Finder is gen­er­ally the first author you will hear men­tioned. Check out the adap­ta­tion of his 2004 novel Para­noia (Satur­day, 8.30pm, 7Flix) by Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Robert Luketic, star­ring fel­low Aus­tralian Liam Hemsworth, Gary Old­man, Am­ber Heard and Har­ri­son Ford. (Suf­fice it to say, the reviews were unkind with a box of­fice re­sult that matched.) I’ve been a keen Wa­chowski watcher since the first of the Ma­trix tril­ogy, which the fa­mous sib­lings have yet to sur­pass in my opin­ion. I still marvel at their sci-fi epic Jupiter As­cend­ing (Sun­day, 8.30pm, GO!), which fea­tures Mila Ku­nis as a space queen who be­gins and ends the movie scrub­bing toi­lets; a cre­ative choice best de­scribed as “brave”.

David At­ten­bor­ough and the Queen

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