TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.
Top Gear: Winter Olympics Special
Never mind that this was filmed in 2006, it's first-run in Australia, and in its usual cheeky style, is outrageous fun. The boys travel to Norway where they race a speed skater around an ice rink, pit a bobsled against a rally driver, test whether Richard Hammond can outlast a car in temperatures of 40 below, play ice-hockey on four wheels and send a mini down the Lillehammer ski-jump. And check out the closing credits.
Airs: 7:30pm Monday on SBS ONE
The Contender Australia
It's lucky these guys are not being scored on their elocution, or many of them would flunk it pretty quick smart. But what they lack in presentation skills they make up for in grunt. Tonight one of the team continues to alienate himself from his team members and it looks like a brawl is about to break out outside the ring. That adds up to fun when he then pleads for the right to fight. And a mother squirms as her son gets pummelled in this week's match.
Airs: 8:30pm Monday on FOX8
Premiere. Get ready for gore and more gore in this British horror series that sees zombies unleashed on the Big Brother house -- yes you read right. This is a series that really knows how to plant its tongue in its cheek. It kicks off on eviction night with UK host Davina McCall playing herself before a frenzied fan base, pumped up housemates and manic production crew. But when someone is bitten on the way to the compound the virus spreads like wildfire. Inside the house, the housemates have no idea what's going on. Great fun, even if you might be watching it through your hands!
Airs: 10pm Monday on SBS ONE
A pretty routine episode this week when the team investigates the bombing of an ATM. It leads them to a prisoner whose wife was killed in the attack. What does he know and does he have enemies? This season has been interrupted by time slot changes and intermittent absences by Shane Bourne, Nadine Garner and Noni Hazlehurst and while it has had new faces in John Adam and Nadia Townsend, it's David Field who gives it gravitas.
Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Seven
2009 Australian Masters Golf
Tiger Woods takes to Melbourne's Kingston Heath Golf Course for the JBWere Masters with the best in the world and Nine will cover the event across four days. Eddie McGuire will be joined by commentators Ian Baker-Finch and Jack Newton, while the Today show will also broadcast earlier from the course. This is a sell-out international event but you can watch it up close on Nine or on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports HD.
Airs: 12:30pm Thursday on Nine
The Amazing Race
Feelin' hot, hot, hot in Dubai the teams continue to crack under the extreme conditions. In the first challenge, one team is so hell-bent on completing the task they can't see the answer right in front of them and face the humiliation of teams racing by them. But the most fun comes at the end of the episode when one challenge involving heights unnerves one team member so much she may not complete the task at all…
Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on Seven
It's been a long time coming but in one of the week's more emotional performances, Justine Clarke as Ally finally confronts husband Vince (Ben Mendelsohn) who has been cheating on her all season. Meanwhile, Tim (Joel Tobeck) is shunned by both wife and son and can't seem to do anything right. Still the best Aussie drama on the box right now.
Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase
If you missed this sprawling, two-part show on Pay TV earlier this year, it's definitely worth a look. Set across Sydney, London and Tajikistan, the story stars Dougray Scott stars as British diplomat Ian Porter, supposedly working for a Russian arms dealer (Don Hany). But Scotland Yard, represented by Inspector Julie Hales (Rachael Blake) offers him immunity and ferries him to Sydney under its Witness Protection Scheme. With a cast including Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Richard Roxburgh and Stephen Curry, it is a ripping yarn and up for a stack of AFI Awards.
Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine
Final. After his 10th year on air, and ahead of an extended break, here's your last chance to catch Mr McManus and his team as they finish the year with a bang-up BBQ in the car park. Well, what else do you do for a break-up? Guests include Sam Worthington, Hamish & Andy and Powderfinger.
Airs: 9:30pm Sunday on TEN
Foxtel's Next Generation channel arrives on Sunday November 15th with new channels including LifeStyle You, 13th Street, The Style Network, Eurosport, KidsCo, FMC, StarPics, Showtime Action, Showtime Comedy, Showtime Drama, Discovery Turbo MAX and Nat Geo Wild plus new HD and time-shift channels.
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