TV.com's pick of the best shows on Aussie screens this week.
This week features iconic Australian actress Jacki Weaver and her often emotional journey throughout her career to receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Animal Kingdom at next week's Academy Awards. The gritty Melbourne-based drama won 10 awards at last year's AFI Awards, including a Best Actress nod for Weaver.
Airs: 8pm Monday on ABC1
Top of the Trops 2011
Premiere. Each night this week, Foxtel presenter Renee Brack will host this 15-minute miniseries, which showcases the 16 finalist films from this year's Tropfest and includes interviews with the directors.
Airs: 8:15pm daily on MOVIE EXTRA
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away
Premiere. The third and final telemovie in the Underbelly Files series delves into the life of Australian criminal genius David McMillan, portrayed by Toby Schmitz. Described as "a rich kid who chose a life of crime", McMillan is still the only westerner to ever escape from Klong Prem prison in the Thailand capital of Bangkok, and was on Interpol's top 10 most wanted list by the time he was in his early 20s. Underbelly Files also stars Claire van der Boom, Jeremy Sims, Aaron Jeffery, Josh Lawson, Brendan Cowell and Heather Mitchell.
Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine
Australians Exposed: Plastic Fantastic
Premiere. This factual series consists of "social reality documentaries" that explore the everyday people behind the often scandalous tabloid stories we see daily. Plastic Fantastic looks at the growing trend of girls choosing to undergo plastic surgery, from breast implants to liposuction and botox, and how many who can't afford procedures in Australia travel to Asia where surgeries can cost up to 50 percent less. From interviews with the nation's top cosmetic surgeons to footage from inside the operating theatre, viewers will get an insight into the physical and financial strains of a nip or tuck.
Airs: 9:30pm Monday on LifeStyle YOU
Premiere. Kicking off season two, Dave (Mick Molloy) is panicked when he discovers an unauthorised biography is being written about him. Desperate to stop the book in order to hide an embarrassing
secret rumour, he enlists the help of Di (Deborah Kennedy) but it may already be too late. Meanwhile, Tony (Travis Cotton) tries to write a new theme song for the show and Steve (Ben Geurens) enjoys attention following a fling with a famous American actress -- until he receives a less than flattering "sex rating" by her on the internet.
Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on MOVIE EXTRA
Host Ian Curley attempts to change the lives of 12 ex-cons by teaching them how to run a high-end restaurant. Will they make the most of the opportunity, and will patrons give them a chance?
Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on Seven
Airs: 7:35pm Wednesday on FOX8
In "Siege", Anna (Morena Baccarin) enlists Ryan (Morris Chestnut) to help her annihilate the Fifth Column once and for all, Father Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch) must leave the church following the Vatican's condemnation of anti-Visitor behaviour, and Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) meets her grandmother Diana for the first time (played by the original '80s lizard queen Jane Badler, who we love).
Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on GO!
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest-starring Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Parenthood) and Jason Wiles (Third Watch), "Branded" sees the team investigate the case of two men who were raped and permanently marked by their attackers -- but as they search for a link between the perpetrator and the victims, they discover a connection between the victims themselves.
Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on TEN