What to Watch: November 1 - 7

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

Australian Story
Do you remember Big Brother's farmer Dave from 2006? He famously "came out" live on national television to his housemates and won the respect of the audience for his honesty. But it brought him so much attention, and he became a "poster boy" for the gay community that it put him at odds with his traditionalist father. Here he talks about how his family questioned his motives and whether he deserved to inherit the family farm.

Airs: 8pm Monday on ABC1

The 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival
Live. The race that stops a nation is always one of the biggest audiences of the TV year. This one is the 150th and all eyes are on So You Think to take it out and whether his hospitalised trainer Bart Cummings will be well enough to make it to Flemington. Get your office sweeps and fascinators ready, the big race is at 3:30pm.

Airs: 10am Tuesday on Seven

Final. Jenny Brockie caps off another year of considered debate on a wide-range of topics that prove it's not all about Q & A and shoe tossing. This week it looks at why anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe and the US, and whether the sentiment exists in Australia.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Iron Chef Australia
Former MasterChef Australia contestants Chris "bad boy" Badenoch and Julia Jenkins take on one of Seven's own Iron Chefs. Whipping up four dishes in an hour is tough going. Watching a cult Japanese show dilute into vanilla essence is even tougher going.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Seven

Packed to the Rafters
If you haven't seen the promos for this week's episode, apparently we're about to lose a Rafter -- as in kick-the-bucket lose. Who could it be? The front runners are supposedly Rachel (Jessica Marais), Nathan (Angus McLaren) and Melanie (Zoe Ventoura). But before we get to that point, there's more trouble between Rachel and Jake (James Stewart) while Dave (Erik Thomson) lets fly at Coby (Ryan Corr) in a red-hot outburst. Is this a must-see episode?

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

Hot on the heels of Halloween, it's the much-anticipated Rocky Horror tribute episode. But the musical has such gender-bending topics for television that Mr Schuester (Matthew Morrison) tells the class he's had to tone it down for the school and get permission slips for parental approval. Weird. Ignoring its edits, the songs are truly tempting. And hot newbie Sam (Chord Overstreet) plays the abs-fab creature Rocky.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on TEN

Premiere. Richard Roxburgh stars in this offbeat eight-part series as a dishevelled barrister who's good on the courtroom floor but nowhere else. He's chasing women, is a pretty hopeless father to his teenage son and is rudderless in everything but winning the next case. In the first episode Hugo Weaving puts in a malevolent performance as a cannibal on a charge of murder for, you guessed it, eating a dinner guest. Followed by a docudrama on ASIO's first master spy in the 1950s, I, Spry.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on ABC1

True Blood
Final. Last week we ended with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) handcuffing himself to Russell (Denis O'Hare) and left to burn in broad daylight. But while Russell deserves to be sent off in style, we don't really want to lose Eric too. Meanwhile, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) has learned the hard way that Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher) is a shapeshifting black panther. Can the guy ever find himself a girl without baggage? No season final would be complete without a big turning point for Bill (Stephen Moyer) and part-fairy Sookie (Anna Paquin).

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase

Maggie Q isn't exactly Jennifer Garner in Alias, but she does her best to kick up a storm as a rogue spy in this new series, loosely inspired by the 1990 French flick La Femme Nikita. This week there are Russian spies, uranium, mercenaries and the usual dose of action scenes. Not to be confused with the 1997 Canadian series, which chalked up an impressive 96 episodes.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on GO!

The Breast Darn Show In Town 2010
Special. Corrine Grant hosts a live comedy event to aid the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with Fiona O'Loughlin, Jeff Green, Tommy Dean, Joel Creasey, Tom Gleeson, Denise Scott, Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard, Claire Hooper, Nelly Thomas, Josh Earl, Bev Killick, George McEncroe and former Comedy Company star Mark Mitchell back as Con the Fruiterer and Marika.

Airs: 8:30pm Friday on Comedy

The Ricky Gervais Show
You would think animating a podcast would be a bit lame as TV entertainment, but what makes this so enjoyable is the ludicrous musings of Karl Pilkington on everything from the dinosaurs and cavemen to astronaut chimps. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Pilkington are in fits of laughter over his wild theories, many of which are animated while they are laid out. SBS has a new comedy night on Saturdays, which also includes Comedy School and stand-up specials, this week with Akmal Live and Uncensored.

Airs: 9:20pm Saturday on SBS ONE

The Real Cabaret
If you are a devotee of Cabaret (especially the 1972 film) don't miss this documentary in which Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) travels to Berlin to visit some of the sites that inspired author Christopher Isherwood to pen the original play I Am a Camera. It's a fascinating and detailed study of Berlin cabaret and includes interviews with Liza Minnelli and composer John Kander.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on ABC2

Great Migrations
Alec Baldwin narrates this epic documentary series that captures never-seen footage of some of the planet's most remarkable species. The first of the three-part story, Born to Move, explores the lives of animals that must keep moving in order to survive -- from Christmas Island's red crabs and the monarch butterfly, to wildebeest and sperm whales. A stunning visual journey set to original music by screen composer Anton Sanko (Big Love) the series continues with Need to Breed on November 14 and Race to Survive on November 21.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on National Geographic

2010 ARIA Awards
Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Dylan Lewis host the music industry's night of nights in this delayed broadcast from the Sydney Opera House. Presenting or performing are Sia, John Butler Trio, Birds of Tokyo, Rebel Wilson, Ruby Rose, Yumi Stynes and more. And can we be just a little bit excited about the fact that Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family will be there? You can catch the red carpet from 6:30pm on MTV.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

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Nov 02, 2010
The Ricky Gervais Show is the only thing worth watching on this list... and I can't believe they could do that to Iron Chef what a shame.
Nov 01, 2010