What to Watch: January 3 - 9

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

Bombora: The Story of Australian Surfing
Originally screened in March 2009, this two-part documentary provides a very real history of surfing in Australia told through the eyes of champion surfers, grommits, beach bums, writers and more. Overlaid with archival footage and classic Aussie music, part one explores the beginning of Australian surfing from 1830 to 1964. Trivia fact: Bombora is an Aboriginal term for large waves breaking over submerged rock shelves.

Airs: 9:35pm Tuesday on ABC1

The Late Session
Premiere. Lawyer, commentator, academic and musician, Waleed Aly hosts SBS's new variety show which promises "insights, revelations, great music and the engaging company of some of Australia's most prominent faces". To kick off the series, actor Jack Thompson, playwright David Williamson, singer/songwriter Dan Kelly, writer and activist Randa Abdel-Fattah, and investigative journalist Kate McClymont will join Aly to discuss how storytelling is a big part of their careers and their lives.

Airs: 10:05pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
Premiere. Former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen leads a team of paranormal investigators as they try to expose the truth behind bizarre and seemingly unexplainable events. Episode one focuses on a ghost car that can drive through objects, strange lights in the sky and apparent UFOs that were filmed flying through the Arizona desert skies.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Universal Channel

High Road, Low Road
Premiere. Hosted by Rachael Finch and Tom Williams, this new travel series compares glitzy getaways with budget breaks and starts in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Boasting such highlights as shopping on Rodeo Drive, people-watching on Venice Beach, an "exclusive airship tour over the city of angels" and hitch-hiking to the desert, it's not hard to guess which activities belong to which itinerary ... or is it?

Airs: 8pm Wednesday on Seven

The Bionic Vet
Premiere. Simon Cowell produced this six-part documentary series which follows the work of medical engineer Noel Fitzpatrick who is revolutionising surgical techniques in the UK. Using various metal structures, nuts, bolts and implants, he rebuilds animals who may have no other chance of survival.

Airs: 8pm Thursday on ABC1

Premiere. This UK drama tells the story of a major car accident that changes the lives of those involved forever. Starring Douglas Henshall and Kate Ashfield, it begins with Detective Inspector Tolin (Henshall) returning to work from compassionate leave after a car crash killed his wife and disabled his daughter.

Airs: 8pm Friday on ABC1

The Cube
Replacing Celebrity Singing Bee, this Minute to Win It-style game show sees contestants enter a 4x4x4-metre cube where they take on "simple" challenges that become more difficult as the prize money increases. The show proved quite popular, spawning a US pilot which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris -- but given the time slot Nine has allocated it, we don't have high hopes for its staying power.

Airs: 7:30pm Saturday on Nine

Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us
Premiere. This is the untold story behind multicultural Australia and our nation's struggle to overcome the White Australia Policy. Compiled from interviews with historians as well as eyewitness accounts from those immediately involved, the documentary will also offer an interactive online component with in-language discussion on SBS radio as well as a Mandarin subtitled version on SBS's Chinese language Virtual Community Centre.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on SBS ONE

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