What to Watch: August 31 - September 6

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Special: Battle at Kruger Park
Nope, not Sonia Kruger but a documentary built around a mesmerising eight minutes of footage filmed at Kruger National Park in Africa when tourists captured a stunning battle of nature between lions, buffalo and crocodiles. It's been a YouTube hit, but if you want to learn more about the capturing of the footage then this is one for you. The doco is quite padded out (including reading us YouTube comments -- why?)

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on Seven

Skins
New series. It's our first look at the new cast of Bristol's angry generation. Only Tony's younger sis Effy (Kaya Scodelario) remains here as we meet Freddie, James, JJ, Katie and Emily. It's the first day at Roundview College and it is suitably anarchic. Yet again the adults in this series all behave like imbeciles and offer little more than being comedic foils for the streetwise kids. Pushing all the taboos, it's still got a lot more spirit than high schools in American television. Check them out.

Airs: 10:30pm Monday on SBS

Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation

Final. This week everybody dresses up in era-appropriate costumes including Harry Potter, Back to the Future, Marilyn Monroe and The Cure. Joining the teams are Josh Lawson, Wil Anderson and even Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Go the KAKster. The highlight is the all in snowball fight at the end when the team turns on host Shaun Micallef. He's positively pummelled. A Christmas special will air later this year.



Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday September 1 on TEN

The Wire

You've heard about it. You missed it when Nine aired it too late at night, so ABC2 is taking us all the way back to the first season of this acclaimed US drama. But be warned, the look at the war on drugs in Baltimore sure ain't pretty. If you like your cable dramas like The Sopranos and Oz this is one for you. There are double eps each Tuesday, repeated on Saturday night when it's not a school night. Highly recommended.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday September 1 on ABC2

Money for Jam

Premiere. Nine's newest infotainment show features former Money host Paul Clitheroe, deputy editor of Money magazine Effie Zahos, Shelley Craft and Shane Crawford. The show offers a few financial hints but is mostly geared towards light pieces built around a few small business success stories. It's by no means an in-depth show, but like Better Homes and Gardens you might find something in it. Let's face it, anything has to be better than more of Australia's Perfect Couple, right?

Airs: 8:00pm Wednesday on Nine

United States of Tara

A terrific episode as Tara's parents come to stay with the family. But there's little harmony here as everyone tries to keep up appearances. All Tara wants to do is not "transition" while they are there. Watch for a family party being completely derailed and one very juicy twist towards the end.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Gary Unmarried

Premiere. Seven tweaks its Thursday line up, pushing The Amazing Race, TV Burp and Double Take back by an hour (the fourth timeslot change for the two local shows). This sitcom stars Jay Mohr as a divorcee trying to make it on the singles scene while sharing custody of his kids. In its multi-camera and laugh track it's very traditional and already feels like Seven's answer to Two and a Half Men (which looking at the timeslot is probably what they're hoping for). If you enjoy Charlie Sheen and co. check this one out. If not, avoid it like the plague.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on Seven

Rush

This week we travel from the city to the bush when a domestic situation gets out of hand. As Lawson (Rodger Corser) tries to contend with an ineffective local sergeant things go from bad to worse. In one of the better eps of the season so far, an unusual perpetrator keeps the team at bay. Rush keeps showing why it does things differently.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Dancing with the Stars

Final. So we're down to Kylie Gillies, Matt White and Adam Brand. Blind paralympian Gerrard Gosens has finally departed the show after some inspiring performances. In this mega-episode, all the contestants will return and Packed to the Rafters' Hugh Sheridan will sing his debut single.

Airs: 6:30pm Sunday on Seven

Australian Idol

Meanwhile Idol finally takes to the live stage for 2009 with its "Super Sundays". We'll kick things off by finding out which four WildCard performers are going to make it through, then send the remainder packing (that won't be pretty). Now we are past the lengthy selection stage, things should begin to hot up.

Airs: 6:30pm Sunday on TEN

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