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