Double episode series final ★★★★½
Sunday, November 10, 9.30pm, Seven
As this tale of murder and bureaucratic scapegoating draws to a close, no one’s expecting a happy ending. Yet the need for some kind of closure makes it impossible to turn away. Magnificent performances from the three leads, Martin Freeman, Siobhan Finneran and Imelda Staunton, draw us into their real-life characters’ unravelling worlds. There is much to consider long after the final, bittersweet scene.
Tuesday, November 12, 8pm and Friday, November 15, 4am, ABC
Having been somewhat upstaged by the Matildas’ success this year, the Socceroos have now also copped the least practical timeslot for their Australian fans in this week’s live broadcasts. It’s a 4am start on Friday for those wanting to catch their game against Jordan in Amman, in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. In primetime at 8pm on Tuesday, the Matildas play a friendly match against Chile in Adelaide.
ONLY IN OZ
New series ★★★
Tuesday, November 12, 7.30pm, NatGeo
This documentary series is pitched young – it’s the kind of thing you might see on ABC ME – but it fulfils its stated promise of taking us beyond the Aussie cliches. In this first episode our three youthful hosts – Steph Bendixsen, Luke Joseph Ryan and Tyson Mayr – are in the outback, starting with dinosaur bones in Eromanga then moving on to a fascinating program attempting to protect native species from feral cats, and finishing with a balanced segment on the vexed issue of brumbies. MH
Bridget McManus is a television writer and critic for Green Guide. She was deputy editor of Green Guide from 2006 to 2010 and now also writes features and interviews for Life & Style in The Saturday Age and M magazine in The Sunday Age.