What to Watch: August 24 - 30

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Neighbours

There's another wedding in Erinsborough, this time for "Paul Robinson" (Stefan Dennis) and "Rebecca Napier" (Jane Hall). Of course, nothing ever goes smoothly in soapie weddings, there's more spillages and late arrivals than you can poke a stick at. But that's nothing compared to the untimely return of "Lynne Scully" (Janet Andrewartha) to the 'hood. Keep your eyes peeled for a fantastic scrag fight in the middle of Ramsay Street on Tuesday.

Airs: 6:30pm weeknights on TEN

Australian Idol

Time to check out Jay Dee Springbett in his first official duties as Idol's new judge. In live-to-air semi-finals he is certainly being thrown in the deep end. The real deal is in trimming the Top 24 down, with a Wildcard performance due next Sunday. On Monday night it's a battle between Stan Walker, Kate Cook, Seth Drury, Hayley Warner, Toby Bolton and Jamela Ione. Most of TEN's usual 7:30 shows will return next week.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday - Thursday on TEN

City Homicide

An uncomfortable storyline this week as a child goes missing is tempered by some good performances amongst the supporting cast. The closing scenes between "Stanley Wolfe" (Shane Bourne) and the perpetrator tread a fine line between empathy and judgement. Also making a cameo appearance is actor Mat Stevenson, best known for his years on Home and Away as "Adam Cameron", now all grown up!

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Packed to the Rafters

The talking point this week is a naked portrait of "Julie Rafter" (Rebecca Gibney) by "Rachel" (Jessica Marais) to celebrate her natural form as the pregnancy unfolds. But nobody expected it to be hung front and centre in the family living room. All the men take issue with the display. Meanwhile the trust issues between "Ben" (Hugh Sheridan) and "Melissa" (Zoe Ventoura) are becoming rather repetitive.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

The Beast

Premiere. Here's an unexpectedly engaging debut from Patrick Swayze and Travis Fimmel's cop buddy drama. While we're all kinda curious to see how Mr Swayze is bearing up, there's a tough tale about FBI undercover agents busting a weapons-smuggling ring. "Charles Barker" (Swayze) is so driven to shutting them down that he doesn't mind flouting the law himself, while "Ellis Dove" (Fimmel) struggles to equate the methods of his experienced partner. There's action, pacing and morality on the line in this one. An alternative to our usual Tuesday choices.

Airs: 8:45pm Tuesday on ABC2

Without a Trace

New series. Anthony LaPaglia has been everywhere lately, including on Q&A; last week. Nine finally brings us the seventh and final season of his detective series. It kicks off with a feud between "Jack" (LaPaglia) and Special Agent "Clark Medina" (Steven Weber), Jack's temporary replacement as unit supervisor. Tonight a man, whose daughter went missing years ago, also goes missing. Expect lots of aerial shots looking down on the city as cutaways.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on Nine

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Premiere. Can history be fun? SBS takes a stuffy theme and gives it the light entertainment panel makeover. Sam Pang (Eurovision) hosts a series of Spicks & Specks-style questions for Matt Preston, Tony Martin, comedian Celia Pacquola and historian Emily Booth. Upstaging them all is a hot white set that is a bit of an eyesore. But if you're tired of TV playing it too dumb this might be one to test drive. Followed by more Dave in the Life where Dave tries his hand at being a male prostitute. Yikes.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursdays on SBS ONE

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