What to Watch: May 16 - 22

By Zennith Geisler

May 16, 2011

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

Come Fly With Me
Premiere. After countless promos, this six-part comedy series from David Walliams and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) takes off with a man who doesn't work at the airport patting down passengers, an elderly man trying to enter the country using the passport of a 12-year-old girl, a flight attendant putting an infant in the overhead locker, and much more....

Airs: 8pm Monday on Nine

The Amazing Race Australia

Premiere. Hosted by Border Security narrator Grant Bowler, the highly-anticipated Aussie version of the reality series introduced us to 11 pairs of contestants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. From there, they'll trek more than 50,000km, four continents, 12 countries and 23 cities for the chance to win $250,000. Will the show live up to the original?

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Offspring

Season premiere. In this movie-length double episode, Nina (Asher Keddie) has been enjoying a calm, 'normal' existence in Baltimore for six months when a family emergency means she has to return home to Melbourne. There is no shortage of drama with Billie (Kat Stewart) and Mick (Eddie Perfect
) living in her apartment -- and trying for a baby!, Jimmy (Ricahrd Davies) back from travelling with an interesting new girlfriend, and Darcy (John Waters
) asking Geraldine (Linda Cropper
) to renew their vows. Nina also learns that Chris (Don Hany
) has moved to Brisbane with Alice and Lucy. Season two sees the departure of Hany, along with two new regulars, hospital registrar Fraser King (Jay Ryan) and anaesthetist Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez).

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Ten

Misfits

Premiere. Teenagers Nathan (Robert Sheehan), Kelly (Lauren Socha), Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Alisha (Antonia Thomas) and Simon (Iwan Rheon) are sentenced to community service, however on their first day they are caught in a storm which gives them strange powers -- and all new problems.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on UKTV

Angry Boys
This week we meet S.mouse (Chris Lilley of course), an American rapper who became an superstar overnight with his hit 'Slap My Elbow'. How will he compare to favourites Daniel and Nathan Sims?

Airs: 9pm Wednesday on ABC1

The Tunnel
Movie. Directed by Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey with Andrew Denton as executive producer, this Aussie horror flick is a "found footage" film in the vein of The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Set in Sydney, the story follows a news team investigating a government cover-up which leads them to a network of abandoned train tunnels.

Airs: 10:35pm Wednesday on Showtime

Doctor Who
Neil Gaiman penned this episode, originally entitled 'The House of Nothing' before being renamed 'The Doctor's Wife'. A distress signal leads Amy, Rory and the Doctor to a junkyard on an asteroid where they meet some strange inhabitants called Auntie, Uncle, Nephew and the seemingly insane Idris. When the asteroid, known as House, discovers the TARDIS is the last of its kind, it moves itself into the TARDIS, trapping Amy and Rory and threatening to kill them. The Doctor and Idris must work together to save his companions as well as the TARDIS. While last week's pirate-themed 'Curse of the Black Spot' was possibly the worst episode of Doctor Who we can recall, this week's is definitely one of the best.

Airs: 7:30pm Saturday on ABC1

The Kennedys
Premiere. This four-part documentary series almost didn't make it to air amid controversy surrounding its accuracy. Dropped by the History Channel in the US and eventually picked up by cable station ReelzChannel, the ABC will screen the series of "America's first family". From the creator of 24, the miniseries stars Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy and Katie Holmes as Jackie, using public events as the background to tell their story. Repeated 10:30pm Monday, May 23 on ABC2.

Airs: 8.30pm Sunday on ABC1

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