Fri / Sat / Sun 16 / 17 / 18

FRIDAY 16
[Biography/7:30pm] Inside the Actors Studio. Cate Blanchett.
[Ovation/7:30pm] Inside the Actors Studio. Drew Barrymore.
Rpt.

[Ovation/8:30pm] The Boy From Oz
[Ovation/9:25pm] Movie: Thank God It’s Friday
(US 1978)

[ABC/8:30pm] Dalziel and Pascoe. The Wetherton Wanderers football team and their partners celebrate the success of their promotion to the head of the premiership, but their jubilation is short-lived when their coach driver attempts to wipe out the whole team by parking the coach in the middle of a level crossing. A train heads towards them on a direct collision course but the driver decides he can’t go through with his plan and moves the coach on, but he’s left it too late. The train clips the coach with devastating results. The coach driver disappears into the night whilst the shaken team vacate the wreckage. Dalziel and Pascoe arrive at the scene, and are appalled by the fatalities and injuries. Amongst the dead is club manager, Martin Bendelow; but his death isn’t all it appears to be. A post mortem reveals that the coach crash was used as an opportunity for someone to get their revenge. Coach driver, Dougie Padgett, leaves no trail but through their investigations Dalziel and Pascoe learn that Padgett’s name and his coach-driver credentials were stolen by Ben Hawkins, who had briefly worked for the company, and that Hawkins, a Wanderers’ fan, had taken his daughter to a football match two seasons ago. The match turned violent, and in the ensuing mayhem his daughter was stabbed to death

[Seven/7:30pm] Better Homes And Gardens. New Series.
[Seven/8:30pm] Movie: The Day After Tomorrow. It all begins when climatologist Jack Hall witnesses an enormous piece of ice break off the Antarctic Ice Shelf. Then a series of increasingly severe weather events start to unfold around the globe: hail the size of grapefruit batters Tokyo, record-breaking hurricane winds pound Hawaii, snow falls in New Delhi, and then a devastating series of tornadoes whips through Los Angeles. Global warming has pushed the planet over the edge and into a new Ice Age… and it all happens during one global super storm. Starring DENNIS QUAID, JAKE GYLLENHAAL, SELA WARD, EMMY ROSSUM, IAN HOLM, DASH MIHOK and JAY O SANDERS.

[Nine/7:30pm] Kings of Comedy. Premiere. Features some of the greatest comedy moments of all time with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Dave Allen, The Two Ronnies, Graeme Kennedy and others.

[Ten/6:30pm] Neighbours. It’s the end of an era for one of Ramsay street’s most loved couples.

SATURDAY 17
[Ten/10:30pm] American Idol. Final

[Ten/6:30pm] Movie: Mean Girls (US 2004) Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents, Cady heron thinks she knows all about the “survival of the fittest”. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when she enters a public high school for the first time. Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett
[Ten/10:30pm] The 49th Annual Grammy Awards

[Nine/1:30pm] Movie: The Tender trap. (US 1955) Charlie Reader is a successful theatre agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie’s girl Sylvia, while Charlie spends his time with a young actress named Julia. Stars Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne and Celeste Holm.

[Seven/1:00pm] Movie: The Flight Of The Phoenix (US 1965) After a cargo plane crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara, the surviving crew must fight starvation and their own individual flaws and fears in order to unite and find an escape from the harsh desert before their meagre supplies of food and water run out. Starring JAMES STEWART, RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH and PETER FINCH.

[ABC/9:30pm] The West Wing. The gap between the Democrats and Republicans closes, so Vinick (Alan Alda) decides to shake-up his campaign by proposing they go after the Latino vote. Vinick undermines the Santos campaign by targeting immigration issues – a topic Santos had previously successfully avoided. Meanwhile, an eager National Security Agency agent briefs Vinick about a serious situation in Kazakhstan. Josh and Bruno (Ron Silver) start debate negotiations. Since several members of the staff have been subpoenaed to testify in the military shuttle leak investigation, C.J. is left to run the office practically by herself. Major trouble breaks out in the Middle East and Bartlet’s peace plan is jeopardised after a suicide bomber kills the Palestinian leader, Chairman Farad. Vinick continues to hammer Santos on border issues, and Toby makes a startling confession to C.J. Stars Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, Dulé Hill, John Spencer, Kristin Chenoweth, Mary McCormack, Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda.

[Movie Extra/8:30pm] Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

SUNDAY 18
[ABC/2:00pm] Living Famously : Benny Hill
. (CC, G, Rpt) Reveals the true story of comic genius, Benny Hill – interviewees share their experiences of the man whose television career spanned 35 years and made him one of the world’s best-known comedians.

[ABC/7:30pm] Planet Earth.
Jungles cover roughly three percent of our planet, yet contain a staggering 50 per cent of the world’s species. Located around the warm, sunny equatorial zone, complete with constant daylight, they are the most productive habitats on earth. Beautiful floating aerial shots introduce the world’s most spectacular forest vistas and high-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of the species that live on the dark jungle floor. In the Ngogo forest in Uganda, Planet Earth captures a “natural history first” when the largest chimpanzee group in the world – 150 strong – defends its territory from neighbouring chimp groups. On one patrol, a youngster from a rival group is killed and eaten. But the most successful jungle strategy is to specialise. The red crab spider – the most specialised spider in the world – spends its entire life on a small, water-filled pitcher plant. It feeds partly on mosquito larvae which it catches by swimming to the bottom of the pitcher. Other jungle specialists include the colugo, which has been likened to a flying tea-tray, and the alien-like group of parasitic fungi called cordyceps. Cordyceps infiltrates an insect host, feeds on it, and then bursts out of its body.

[Nine/6:30pm] 20 to 1. Rpt.
[Nine/7:30pm] Sixty Minutes. New Series.

[Nine/8:30pm] CSI. New Series.
Built to Kill Pt 1.

[Nine/9:30pm] CSI Built to Kill Pt 2.

[Seven/12:15pm] Movie: How To Steal A Million (US 1966) AUDREY HEPBURN and PETER O’TOOLE star in this romantic comedy about a wealthy family who have two hobbies, collecting
great art and copying it. When their prized Cellini Venus goes on display in a Paris Museum, Nicole hires a thief to help steal back the statue before the experts discover it is a fake and her fathers reputation is ruined. What she doesn’t realise is that the thief is a detective in disguise who has set her up. Also starring ELI WALLACH, HUGH GRIFFITH, CHARLES BOYER, FERNAND GRAVEY, MARCEL DALIO and JACQUES MARIN.
[Seven/3:00pm] Movie: Von Ryan’s Express
(US 1965) A powerful action adventure about a POW escapee who masquerades as a Nazi soldier and plots to steal an entire train to free his POW comrades. An American colonel named Ryan turns up in a POW camp in Italy in 1943 and soon finds himself the ranking officer. His seeming willingness to follow all camp rules faithfully causes the other prisoners to nick-name him ‘Von Ryan’ – but nevertheless, they follow him in his plan to break out of prison and reach Allied lines. Starring FRANK SINATRA, TREVOR HOWARD and JAMES BROLIN.

[Seven/5:30pm] Coxy’s Big Break. Thailand.
[Seven/6:30pm] Australia’s Got Talent.
Premiere. After an extensive search across the nation, a short list of weird, wacky, wild and wonderful acts will make their television debuts tonight as they compete for $250,000. Host GRANT DENYER is joined by the esteemed judging panel of DANNII MINOGUE and RED SYMONS.

[Seven/7:30pm] Ugly Betty. Premiere.
When a publishing mogul hands the reigns of his fashion magazine over to his son Daniel, he hires Betty as his son’s new assistant – because he knows she’s the only woman in the city who Daniel won’t sleep with. Neither of them knows the ins and outs of the fashion world, but together they’re a formidable team against the label-wearing sharks who will do anything to see them fail. Guest starring GINA GERSHON. Also starring AMERICA FERRERA, ERIC MABIUS, VANESSA WILLIAMS, ALAN DALE, TONY PLANA, ANA ORTIZ, ASHLEY JENSEN, BECKI NEWTON, MARK INDELICATO, MICHAEL URIE, KEVIN SUSSMAN and WILLIAM ABADIE.

[Seven/8:30pm] Grey’s Anatomy. New Series. Time Has Come Today. In the 2007 series premiere, we return the day after the prom and the time has come to pick up the shattered pieces. The interns pull together to help Izzie as she hits rock bottom. Meredith must make an important choice about which path she wants to follow to determine the future of her love life. The Chief must face the consequences of his long work hours and affair. Bailey calms a man stuck in quarantine as his wife is in surgery. Guest starring CHRIS O’DONNELL and The Practice’s STEVE HARRIS. Starring ELLEN POMPEO, PATRICK DEMPSEY, SANDRA OH, T R KNIGHT, JUSTIN CHAMBERS, KATHERINE HEIGL, CHANDRA WILSON, ISAIAH WASHINGTON, JAMES PICKENS, JR, KATE WALSH, SARA RAMIREZ, STEVEN W BAILEY, KATE BURTON, JESSICA TUCK, SARAH UTTERBACK, JOANIE FOX, MIS QESLEY and LORETTA DEVINE.
[Seven/9:30pm] What About Brian. Premiere. PILOT. At 34, playing the self-proclaimed ‘seventh wheel’ to a trio of couples is starting to perturb Brian Davis. While his paired-off friends begin their thirty-something meanderings through love, life, parenting and infidelity, the easy going Brian begins to question his status as the last bachelor standing. Starring BARRY WATSON, MATTHEW DAVIS, SARAH LANCASTER, RICK GOMEZ, AMANDA DETMER, RAOUL BOVA, ROSANNA ARQUETTE, AMY JO JOHNSON, DANIEL BESS, JUD TYLOR, COURTNEY MUN, EMILY LIU, CHARLES WALKER, GREG GRUNBERG, NELSON MASHITA, MIKAILA BAUMEL and PAYTON SPENCER.

[Ten/6:30pm] Celebrity Dog School. Premiere. Well heeled, coiffed and very temperamental – and we are not talking about the celebrities! Celebrity Dog School sees well known Australian personalities pit their dogs against each other in a hilarious bid to see who has the best trained pooch.
[Ten/8:30pm] So You Think You Can Dance. Final.
[Ten/11:30pm] Battlestar Galactica. “Lay Down Your Burdens Part 1”

[SBS/8:30pm] Saving The Twin Towers . They were the biggest fires in American history, in the tallest buildings in the world. The fire-fighters who entered the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001 could only guess at what was happening almost 1000 feet above them. On that day, 343 New York firemen entered the buildings without knowing what awaited them, never to come back out alive. This documentary examines a new computer system devised by Jose Torero to monitor temperatures within burning buildings so that fire-fighters can be given warnings at critical points throughout which could alert them to evacuate and save their own lives. This documentary also examines how fire was responsible for the collapse of the Twin Towers through overheating and melting of insufficient structural pylons, and proposes ways in which skyscrapers could be designed and reinforced in the future to prevent similar collapses happening again. Torero argues that if the lessons of 9/11 aren’t learnt from and pre-emptive measures implemented, then the safety of skyscrapers around the world could still be at risk. (From the UK, in English) PG CC WS

[SBS/9:30pm] Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – (Wo Hu Zang Long) – When a politician’s daughter steals a legendary warrior’s precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to an encounter with the sword thief’s witch-like minder. A masterpiece from renowned director Ang Lee, watch for the startlingly impressive visual effects that see people defying gravity by bouncing up walls and bounding onto rooftops. The film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. Stars Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. (From Hong Kong, in Mandarin, English subtitles) (Action) (2000) M (V,A,S) (Rpt) WS

[TCM/8:30pm] Movie: Gone With the Wind (US 1939)

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