What to Watch: October 5 - 11

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

Nip/Tuck
New series. This long overdue return of a guilty pleasure sees McNamara/Troy relocate from Florida to Los Angeles, and it may well have lost its soul in doing so. Sean and Christian work as consultants on a soap opera for a shamelessly camp producer played by Oliver Platt. It feels a little self-indulgent in Hollywood. Let's hope the series hasn't jumped the shark. Look out too for former Melrose Place star Daphne Zuniga -- and Julian McMahon's bare butt.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on GO!

Coach Trip
Premiere. In this British reality TV show a group of strangers travel through Europe on a six-week bus trip, but they are constantly voting one another off, to be replaced by a new couple. Their ages vary widely, from clubbers in their early 20's to a pair of lovely old ladies who love to wave the British flag at passing traffic. Get it? Who will last? Who will be sent packing? And how will the flamboyant tour director cope? A cult show you can watch every night.

Airs: 7:30pm weeknights from Tuesday on ABC2

Hey Hey the Reunion
Special. Daryl Somers and the gang had us entertained from start to finish last week, managing to recapture their magic as if they had never been gone. Here is the second and final reunion, this time with Ossie Ostrich, Denise Drysdale, Jo Beth Taylor and Trevor Marmalade. Expect more big name guests, including Harry Connick Jr. But we're really hanging out to see if Jackie MacDonald will front. Pretty, pretty please?

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Nine

Dead Famous
Special. Two journalists from The Age who wrote the books that became the basis of Underbelly take us back to the Melbourne ganglands and give us the real story as they see it. You'll learn all about Carl Williams, the Morans and Alphonse Gangitano and about how Victoria Police had to deal with its own corruption in the war on organised crime. Tough, non-sensationalist. The real Underbelly.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on ABC1

Beauty and the Geek Australia
Premiere. Bernard Curry hosts Seven's local version of the series that Ashton Kutcher produced in the US. Not much needs explaining here. Eight geeks, eight beauties, one house and $100,000. Let's hope it's good trash telly.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Seven

The Amazing Race
New series. We're off on another race, this time from Los Angeles. Teams in this series include the first-ever contestant with Asperger's Syndrome, two members of The Harlem Globetrotters, a team of professional female poker players who lie about their real background, and two hot gay brothers who will also hide their sexuality in a bid to tease the women and get their help. And for the first time ever, one team is eliminated right at the starting line. This series has only just premiered in the US.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on Seven

Secret Millionaire
Premiere. Property developer Albert Bertini is the first wealthy benefactor to go undercover in a secret mission to give away $100,000 of his own money to the needy. Sent to Fitzroy in inner Melbourne he meets volunteers for the homeless, disabled and the disadvantaged. They all believe he is part of a documentary about community work. But he will change their lives before he leaves. This is a well-made series, given extra weight by Russell Crowe's narration. Get out the Kleenex.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on Nine

Australian Idol
Big band night is often a make or break affair for Idol singers as some rise to the occasion and others are overwhelmed by the scale of the musical force. Set to judge is Harry Connick Jr (in his second live appearance on the box this week). The week after it will be stage and screen themes with a bit of a rumour that the one and only Liza Minnelli might make an appearance. She has two concerts in Sydney on the preceding days. Fingers crossed.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN

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