What to Watch: August 10 - 16

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City Homicide

New series. Nadia Townsend, daughter of legendary children's TV host Simon Townsend, makes her debut as a new resident detective in the second of tonight's double ep. But after she disrupts a crime scene it will take a little more finesse to win over her new colleagues. The murder sees a man raped and killed after a dating agency meeting goes terribly wrong. Gruesome as always, but the suited cowboys are here to save the day.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Ashes to Ashes

Premiere. If you loved Life on Mars here is the sequel series. No longer are we following Sam Tyler stuck in the 70's. Instead it's Alex Drake (Spooks' Keeley Hawes) in the 80's. Cue Adam Ant and Margaret Thatcher. But DCI Gene Hunt (Phillip Glenister) is still here being as politically incorrect as ever. Just as Tyler was separated from his world, Drake is kept apart from her daughter after being shot by a street lowlife. But she had been reading Tyler's notes and knows she has to piece together a time-twisted jigsaw in order to make it home. This series is as much as fun as the first.

Airs: 9:35pm Monday on ABC1

Dexter

New series. The third season of Florida's favourite serial killer has already aired on pay television, but here comes the free-to-air premiere. This continues to be a thriller that sustains its brilliant roller-coaster ride, with ripping writing and dastardly performances. The third series is marked by the arrival of Jimmy Smits as the Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado. We can't give too much away for fear of major spoilers, suffice to say their relationship keeps this series twisting and turning with very satisfying results. Go Dex!

Airs: 9:40pm Monday on TEN

Survivor

New series. Reality fans in Oz finally get another dose of one of our favourite shows (even though this aired ages ago in the US -- avoid internet spoilers!). Here we are in Gabon, Africa, in a setting that combines jungle and open plains. In other words, no eye-catching ocean waves and tropics. Jeff Probst tells the two eldest members they have to pick teams in a school yard-like pick-off before they are slam dunked into their very first challenge. Don't forget there are plenty of other shows on GO! this week that revert to their pilot episode including Fringe, Moonlight, Gossip Girl and Eleventh Hour.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on GO!

Law & Order: UK

Premiere. Another spin-off from Dick Wolf's long-running drama sees a shift to London. This first episode, built around the discovery of a dead baby, is based on a script from series two in the US. The cast includes Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber and Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman. Like most British dramas it is more clinical and less emotional than the American style. If you're a fan of the original this is surely worth checking out.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on TEN

Rush

Plenty of action this week when the Tactical Response Unit find themselves in the middle of a prison siege. Adam Zwar (Wilfred) returns to a role he played last year, but this time is on the inside. Look out too for The Hollowmen's Lachy Hulme in a menacing role. An unsettling sub-plot for Catherine McClements will resonate for her in coming weeks. Best ep so far this season.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Rescue: Special Ops

Another action series that opens with a bang. This week hones in on Jordan (Daniel Amalm) as he juggles duty and personal involvement in an emergency case while Lara (Gigi Edgley) has to fend off advances from a flirtatious fireman. Sydney looks great on screen here as the backdrop of Nine's new drama. So far the action scenes are stronger than the character stuff, and works best when it has its eye on the job.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine

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