What to Watch: July 12 - 18

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

Rescue: Special Ops
The team rescues a family from a horrific car crash, only to find themselves slap-bang in the middle of impassioned family politics as a child custody row breaks out before their eyes. Bingo suffers a stung ego after he is conned by an old trusted schoolmate, which Chase vows to help him resolve. Heidi's journey towards qualification as a chopper pilot takes a turn for the worst.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine

Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival
Special. Fantastic performances by high profile international comedians from the festival in Quebec. Featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Hills, Will Anderson, Danny Bhoy, Bobcat Goldthwait, it's certainly a line-up not to be missed!

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on TEN

Packed to the Rafters
The light-hearted family comedy is back for its fourth episode of its third season. Love is in the air for the Rafters, but Ben is plagued with unexpected doubts about his ability in the bedroom and how this reflects on his position in the relationship. An amusing miscommunication between Dave and Julie sends her into a frenzy of frustration, which inevitably rains down complications on Dave.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

Australia Versus
The Aussies take on England in a music category, with topics of discussion including Wildest Festival, Hottest Boy Band, Sexiest Video, Top of the Popsters and Best Karaoke Song. The team waving the funny flag for Australia includes Rebel Wilson, Dave Thornton, Julia Morris and Joel Creasey.

Airs: 10:30pm Tuesday on Seven

MasterChef Australia
With only days to go in the 2010 series, things are getting very serious indeed. After receiving the surprise news that the team challenge is to be dispensed with, the contestants then learn that they have to endure an individual test; they must create a signature dish for a group of their culinary heroes. With everything now at stake, you can be sure the competition is going to get tense!

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on TEN

The Gruen Transfer
Wil Anderson is joined by Todd Sampson, Russel Howcroft, Bridget Taylor and Carolyn Miller to discuss advertising techniques and faux pas. Only a few more weeks remaining of the Transfer before The Gruen Nation kicks off in honour of the upcoming election.

Airs: 9pm Wednesday on ABC1

The comedy drama series that focuses on Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison), a "reaper" who works for the Devil by retrieving souls that have escaped from Hell. This week, Sam tries to track down a 13th century Mongol warrior, but is more interested in tracking down the one soul who managed to successfully break a deal with the Devil. Meanwhile, Sock (Tyler Labine) deals with his half-sister's romance and Ben (Rick Gonzalez) befriends a demon.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on 7TWO

The Volcano That Stopped the World
Special. Following the unprecedented disruption caused by the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano, this film explores the untold geological and scientific background behind the headlines of this extraordinary story. With recreations and explorations of the numerous problems the volcano presented, it shows a fascinating insight to the helplessness of humanity in the face of Mother Nature.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on ABC1

Movie: Snakes on a Plane
This should be approached with tongue lodged firmly in cheek. FBI agents (including Samuel L. Jackson) are tasked with escorting a witness to a high profile trial and to keep him safe from the mob. However, an on-board assassin unleashes a crate full of venomous snakes while the plane is airborne. Hilarity ensues.

Airs: 10:35pm Thursday on GO!

Doc Martin
The hit British drama revels further in its rural idyll. Martin and Portwenn's new midwife, Molly, who will be looking after Louisa, do not hit it off. Louisa rejects Martin's medical advice for Molly's naturalistic route, but with unfortunate consequences.

Airs: 7:30pm Saturday on ABC1

Movie: Back to the Future
The first in the quintessential 1980's trilogy. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) goes back in time to save his crazed mad professor friend only to discover he has inflicted untold amounts of damage on the time-space continuum. So McFly has to perform speedy reparations to ensure his existence isn't put in jeopardy.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on TEN

Telemovie. Love him or hate him, you can't deny Bob Hawke's impact on this country. Follow the personal and professional rise and fall of Australia's infamous Prime Minister.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

What will you be watching this week?

Comments (4)
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Jul 16, 2010
This is supposed to be an Australia site - your tech guys need to re-format the dates to dd/mm/yyyy. Very frustrating when you put the month first if you're trying to be Aussie!
Jul 15, 2010
I haven't seen Reaper before... it sounds good though... I might give it a go.
Jul 13, 2010
I have heard great things about Hawke so I'll be tuning in for that.
Jul 12, 2010
I love watching the Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs. Some of the biggest names; yes...but its the new up and coming comedians I love to watch. In this listing...Danny Bhoy is good, but not so new any more. Take it in if you can...

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