What to Watch: February 22 - 28

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

2010 BAFTA Awards
Okay, it's not live but it is hot off the satellite. The 63rd British Academy Film Awards are a great indication of where the Oscars may land next month. Nominated for Best Film are Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious and Up in the Air. Will Avatar be considered too popcorn for the Brits?

Airs: 11am Monday on Biography

Desperate Housewives
This week Katherine is convinced Mike is coming back to her. Call the white coats, she's clearly unhinged. Carlos thinks Lynette has had a boob job and uses it to his advantage, while Lynette still doesn't want to admit she's pregnant. Susan learns Julie was dating a married man (good one blabbermouth Andrew). Now she wants to know who it was. And Gabby swears she is over TV's sexiest gardener, John. Yeah right.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

New season. Jenny Brockie returns with another year of SBS' forum series debating the subjects that inhabit our thinking. She begins with the Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry who says mental illness is the single biggest health risk facing our kids. How do you know if your teenager is at risk? What's normal and what's not? And can you really prevent mental illness?

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Premiere. Ever wondered what happened to former Home and Away star Christopher Egan? Neither did we until he turned up in this US drama, which is the re-telling of a Bible story based in a contemporary setting. He features as a soldier, marked for rapid political ascension. However, the line between his allies and enemies blur as the power players in the kingdom go to great lengths to see him fail. This is unlike anything else on the box, and as a result it failed in the US. Also features Ian McShane and even Macaulay Culkin.

Airs: 10:30pm Wednesday on 7TWO

American Idol
Finally we have arrived at the (live) performances for the Top 24. This will really be a chance to watch how Ellen DeGeneres fits alongside Simon Cowell (please let them sit together). It begins with the 12 girls tonight and 12 boys tomorrow. Cowell reckons this year will be won by a female. If history is anything to go by, he's usually right.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on FOX8

2010 Brit Awards
Comedian Peter Kay hosts the 30th anniversary of the UK's top music awards, which saw Lady Gaga dominate the night. The night kicks off with Lily Allen performing, and closes with Robbie Williams doing a greatest hits medley including Let Me Entertain You, No Regrets and Angels. Look out too for performances from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, who gave a rendition of Empire State of Mind and Cheryl Cole singing Fight For This Love. But where was Susan Boyle?

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on Channel [V]

Mad Men
New series. Sixties cool returns, and so does cigarette-smoking, as the executives from Madison Avenue get back to work. But don't expect this to pick up where it left off. Now there is new management from the UK running the agency and Pete and Ken will find themselves competing to run Accounts. As Sal joins Don on a business trip personal indiscretions are about to become undone by an awkwardly interjecting fire alarm.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Movie Extra

Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story
Premiere. Rebecca Gibney shuns her affectionate role in Packed to the Rafters to spice things up in this true-crime telemovie on the life of a Melbourne woman murdered in 2005. Vince Colosimo plays her philandering husband, whose affair will result in his wife being found barely alive in the boot of a car. But this retelling focuses on all the sordid aspects at the expense of the character and remains as tabloid as the headlines which made it so famous.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine

The Good Wife
Continuing her role as the great moral compass, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) this week supports her legal team in a case against a pharmaceutical company, which serves as a test case to class action. At the same time she continues to be pushed by the legal team defending her wayward husband. She holds her nerve at every step, but you get the feeling she will implode at any moment. A very satisfying episode with a great third act.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

Does the Bible really call homosexuality an "abomination"? Not according to some theologists who explain how the language of one era is being selectively used to further political arguments. More impressive, however, are the American families filmed for this documentary. They share their experience of learning their child was gay and how they dealt with their own inner-prejudices to arrive at a point of acceptance and unconditional love. Powerful stuff.

Airs: 9:55pm Sunday on ABC1

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Feb 23, 2010
Mad Men is awesome!
Feb 23, 2010
Mad Men seems to get better as it evolves and I'm continuing to enjoy The Good Wife; Kings sounds intriguing too...
Feb 22, 2010
Only thing that I'd watch from that list is Mad Men and The Good Wife

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