What to Watch: June 29 - July 5

THIS afternoon
Here comes Nine's new afternoon hour hosted by Andrew Daddo and Katrina Blowers, with Mark Ferguson presenting news. Promising a mix of news, current affairs, entertainment and live interviews it is a major push by the network to shore up its 6pm lead-in, but it will have its work cut out to top The Bold and the Beautiful and TEN News at Five, both of which win their hour. Time will tell if it was worth axing Extra in Brisbane.

Airs: 4:30pm Monday – Friday on Nine

MasterChef Australia
TV's main course continues to gather strength and still manages to leave the audience hungry for more. After last week's outstanding week in Hong Kong, we are back on home soil and down to a handful of contestants. With Justine sadly gone, look to Julie to be elevated as the new audience favourite. She is a producer's dream, personifying the home cook in us all, saying all the right things in impossible situations and yet still coming up with a tasty course.

Airs: 7:00pm Monday – Friday on TEN

The Michael Jackson Story
While the world is still reeling from the death of the King of Pop, networks are scrambling to program anything that celebrates the life of a gifted entertainer. This TV special was being prepared to mark Jackson's promised UK concerts and includes interviews with his family, friends and assorted celebrities. Brought into schedule at the last minute, it nudges the final of How I Met Your Mother out for the week.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on Seven

Packed to the Rafters
The nation's favourite soap is back, at least for all cities except Melbourne (an AFL charity match on Nine means Melbourne viewers will get a double dose a week later). We'll finally get to see how being an expectant mother plays out for Julie Rafter and her family, and whether that tempestuous relationship between Ben and Melissa can find some middle ground. Even if you're not a Rafters fan, chances are you will be stopping by the show this week. Seven has a live broadcast of that $90 million lotto draw. Hands up anybody who doesn't have a ticket in this one?

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

The Tudors
Series three of this most lavish, royal tale sees Joss Stone joining the cast. In the wake of the execution of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his third wife and the woman destined to bear him a son. Expect lots of steamy romance, stunning costumes and a mesmerising Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Showcase.

Moral Orel
Here's a cheeky little animated comedy from the US about an 11-year-old boy who is devoted, make that obsessed, with God. He goes out of his way to follow the Bible to the letter, but it only results in a string of disasters, from unleashing zombies on his town to crack addiction. If you haven't guessed, this is a pretty black take on America's Bible belt (he lives perilously close to Utah) and with its Wallace and Gromit style animation, is an absolute delight.

Airs: 10pm Wednesday on Comedy Channel

Trial and Retribution
Finally, time for something completely serious. Prime Suspect's Lynda La Plante returns with one of her other UK crime franchises to darken your Friday nights. Known for its split-screen perspectives, this tale begins when a released prisoner stalks the family of his victim only to be shot by its patriarch. Was it self-defence? Was it murder? Was he even guilty of the original crime? Unforgiving British drama as we always love it.

Airs: 8:30pm Friday on ABC1

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