What to Watch: March 7 - 13

By Zennith Geisler

Mar 06, 2011

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TV.com's pick of the best shows on Aussie screens this week.

Prisoner
One of the most watched Australian soaps ever is making a comeback after the Prisoner 25-year cast reunion in Melbourne last week. Focusing on the lives of staff and inmates at the Wentworth Detention Centre -- an all-female high security prison -- the series addressed issues including drugs, alcohol, murder, suicide and sexuality, earning it an international cult following. Finishing its original run in 1986, viewers are expected to welcome back fan favourites such as inmates "Queen Bea" Smith (Val Lehman), Doreen Anderson (Colette Mann), Franky Doyle (Carol Burns), Chrissie Latham (Amanda Muggleton), Margot Gaffney (Jane Clifton), Gladys "Marilyn" Mason (Margaret Laurence) and Lizzie Birdsworth (Sheila Florance), along with prison guards aka "screws" Meg Jackson (Elspeth Ballantyne), Vera "Vinegar Tits" Bennett (Fiona Spence), Joan "The Freak" Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) and Jim "Fletch the Letch" Fletcher (Gerard Maquire).

Airs: 6:30pm weeknights on 111 Hits

7:30
Premiere. The revamped format of The 7:30 Report kicks off tonight with Lateline presenter Leigh Sales as host and Chris Uhlmann as political editor and Canberra correspondent. Will they fill the void left by stalwart Kerry O'Brien? Tune in to see.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on ABC1

Mythbusters - Green Hornet Special
Special. Seth Rogen, star and writer of the superhero blockbuster The Green Hornet, joins the team as they put two movie myths to the test.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on SBS One

The Hotel Inspector
Premiere. Award-winning hotelier Alex Polizzi visits some of the most dire hotels and bed and breakfast retreats in Britain, with the challenge of getting them up to standard for a more discerning, contemporary clientele.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on The LifeStyle Channel

Psychoville
In episode 3, we discover how Mr Jelly, the children's performer, came to be one-handed, while Mr Lomax meets the Crabtree sisters at Snappy the Crocodile's private auction in Dudley.

Airs: 10:30pm Monday on UKTV

Australian Women: Shaping A Nation
Premiere. Hosted by Ita Buttrose and celebrating the centenary of International Women's Day, this inspiring documentary commemorates the achievements of Australian women who have helped shape the nation. From politics to business, the arts, medicine and science, the environment and philanthropy, this program journeys through time to celebrate the diverse stories of women who through their strength, determination and sheer hard work have contributed to the advancement of all Australians. Followed by Studio Portraits - Betty White: Hollywood's Golden Girl -- intimate interviews with co-stars Vicki Lawrence, Gavin MacLeod, Rue McClanahan and Mary Tyler Moore chronicle the life of comedienne extraordinaire and Golden Girls star Betty White.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on Bio.

Adults Only 20 to 1
Bert Newton counts down the 20 most beautiful women in the world in this adults-only edition of 20 to 1. It might be a bit cringe-worthy to see Bert discussing hot, glamorous women living the life of the rich and famous...

Airs: 10pm Tuesday on Nine

The Simpsons
Premiere. In this $#*! My Dad Says spoof, Angry Dad: the Movie sees Bart's "Angry Dad" comic turned into a movie, with Homer stealing the spotlight that comes with its success. Our favourite yellow family isn't the first to parody the Twitter-based TV series, with American Dad getting in on the action with clips titled "Crap My American Dad Utters". Followed by a new episode of Futurama - A Clockwork Origin, in which the team flee to an uninhabited planet when they lose faith in humanity after evolution is questioned.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Eleven

V
Premiere. In Uneasy Lies the Head, Ryan tries to rescue his daughter from the New York mothership, while Erica prepares the Fifth Column for a risky attack on the Visitors and Anna's plans are not going according to plan.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on GO!

Blue Bloods
Erin's (Bridget Maynahan) family debates her methods when she uses a law-abiding citizen as bait to take down his gang leader brother. Guest stars Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, Will & Grace) as Charles Rosselini.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Ten

The Good Wife
Net Worth guest stars Rita Wilson as an old friend of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranksi). Inspired by The Social Network, the firm takes on a case from a young internet billionaire who is suing a film studio for depicting him in a negative light.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Ten

Baby That's Rock 'N' Roll
This musical documentary chronicles the careers of composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who are credited with bringing rhythm and blues to a broader audience, and even the invention of rock 'n roll. Their first hit "Hound Dog" was written for Big Mamma Thornton but became more successful for Elvis Presley, who they went on to compose "Jailhouse Rock", "Love Me" and "King Creole" for. They were also integral to the careers of The Drifters, The Coasters and The Robins, as well as co-writing the 1995 Broadway hit, "Smokey Joe's Cafe". Features exclusive interviews and rare footage.

Airs: 9:45pm Sunday on STUVIO

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  • infinizee Mar 08, 2011

    Fringe is a great show, and we definitely take your comments on board. Glad you pointed out yourself that there's no Fringe this week ;)

  • tv_buffy_addict Mar 07, 2011

    I'm a little annoyed that V gets a mention for the second week in a row when Fringe is on after it (though not this week because we've actually caught up to the US) and I kinda think Fringe is way better.