What to Watch: January 11 - 17

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

New series. When we last left the Ramsay Street clans, Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) sprung a surprise wedding on Rebecca (Jane Hall) only to get his own shock -- the arrival of a long lost son, Andrew. Well it is a soap after all. Tonight, Lucas is badly injured in a bike accident, and Donna battles with guilt as Andrew Robinson settles in.

Airs: 6:30pm Monday on TEN

Survivor: Samoa
You can effectively skip the first of this week's double episodes which is little more than a recap, but in the second episode Russell continues his diabolical manipulation of the remaining Tribe. It begins with a Survivor Auction, but will it end in another blindside?

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Nine

Big Love
New series. It's been far too long since we saw Bill and his three wives, or possibly four as his pursuit of waitress Ana (Branka Katic) becomes a point of contention for Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn). Is he dating her with marriage in mind, or is he having an affair? Meanwhile, the emotional cyclone that is Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) is on the defence after her father Roman (Harry Dean Stanton) is at the centre of a local controversy. Great series, and a great summer alternative.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Sean (Dustin Clare) kicks off the night with extreme partying, drug-taking and group sex -- but he has no idea how massively it will affect him. He is also struggling to put his relationship with ice-cold Natalie (Kestie Morassi) back on track. But the bigger moves are around Lauren (Alison Whyte) who appears to be keen to leave her occupation as a sex worker. Can gentleman John be her knight in shining armour?

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

What a joyous series is this drama set in Botswana as Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott) seeks to solve the greatest, and even not-so-great, mysteries of Africa. Tonight she tackles a two-faced dentist, a missing husband and a lost dog. Behind this series are writer Richard Curtis, producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack. Just like an art house film on the telly.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Showcase

Getting On

Premiere. Here's a dark British mockumentary starring UK comedienne Jo Brand as a nurse who returns to the workforce, in a public hospital. But she finds her traditional methods of nursing are at odds with the administrative red tape. The result is a hilarious bitter comedy with oodles of subtext, ad-libbed lines and one of summer's funniest comedy gems.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes

If you haven't seen this anthology series on pay TV before, it's probably worth a look. This week William Hurt
 plays a toy company executive who gets a rude surprise when a group of toy soldiers turn against him. Check your brain at the door and you might get a giggle out of this fantasy. Filmed entirely in Melbourne, look out for Aussie actors including Bruce Spence
 and Krista Vendy

Airs: 10:30pm Wednesday on GO!

Taking the Flak

Buried on ABC2 is a terrific UK satire (also set in Africa) which tears into life as a foreign correspondent, specifically for the BBC. This lot lie, cheat and bluff their way into getting the top story for the 6pm deadline in the fictional war-torn country of Karibu. Filmed on location in Tanzania, this is Frontline on the hustings.

Airs: 10pm Thursday on ABC2

ABC2 Live presents Jai Ho!

Live. Still singing the praises of ABC2, here is one of those rare occasions where the channel again screens a live-to-air Arts event. Live from the Sydney Festival is this concert featuring Slumdog Millionaire's composer, A. R. Rahman. Get set for more than 40 Indian musicians and Bollywood dancers on stage, as well as high-impact lighting displays, choreographed moving video screens and audience interaction.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on ABC2

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Jan 11, 2010
looking foward to most of them
Jan 11, 2010
Survivor Somoa is the greatest survivors ever. No debate will be entered into (until next season starts as that looks equally assume!)

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