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Katharine Hepburn Season: Spitfire

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Saturday, 25 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
Our Katharine Hepburn Season of movies has so far included The African Queen, Mary of Scotland, and Little Minister. This week ABC2 presents Spitfire.

This 1934 film stars Hepburn as a backwoods girl named Trigger Hicks. Barely literate, proud and hot-tempered, Trigger's devout belief in faith healing creates consternation in her fellow villagers, who view her belief as witchcraft.

But Trigger is intriguing to two engineers, John Stafford (Robert Young) and George Fleetwood (Ralph Bellamy), who arrive to build a dam in the mountains and are both attracted to her.

The Beast

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Tuesday, 25 August 2009 '
Time:8:35pm
Though his style is nothing if not unorthodox, Charles Barker (Patrick Swayze) is one of the FBI's top undercover operatives and considered by many, including his rookie partner Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel), to be the best the Bureau has to offer.

From the very beginning of their partnership, Barker presses Ellis to delve ever deeper into his undercover personae, regardless of the risks.

Kendra Wilkinson TV

Venue:E! is available on FOXTEL and AUSTAR on Channel 121
Date:'begins: Tuesday 9th June '
Time:9.30pm
Blonde bombshell Kendra Wilkinson says good-bye to the good life at the Playboy Mansion and ventures out for the first time on her own in the new E! reality series 'Kendra.' Nine episodes follow the outrageous and loveable antics of the 'The Girls of the Playboy Mansion' fan-favorite as she leaves her pampered world, sets up a new home and tries to adjust to a life filled with domestic responsibilities. Kendra's struggles with setting up her household are just the beginning of her adventure as she is also busy planning her fairy-tale wedding with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett.

Adding to the stress and chaos, Kendra and her future husband's worlds often collide as her uninhibited wild-side clashes with his conservative lifestyle.

In the premiere episode, Kendra wakes up in her own home for the first time and it's instant pandemonium. From grocery shopping to feeding her dogs, nothing is easy for Kendra who quickly realises that life without butlers, cooks and maids is much harder than she anticipated. After leaving the Mansion amenities behind, Kendra discovers she has nearly no household items when she moves in to her new home and decides to throw a housewarming party to score some free gifts.

She does some decorating before the guests arrive but traditional furniture won't do for this ex-Playboy cover girl and she installs a stripper pole as her first big home improvement purchase. Kendra is thrilled that so many of her colorful friends show up for the party, especially when Hef makes a surprise appearance.

After the party has ended and everyone has gone, Kendra decides it's time for Hank to meet Hef. Her anxiety level rockets as she introduces the two most significant men in her life to each other, but Hef is as gracious as ever, giving Hank a tour of the grounds, and even offering the young couple the Playboy Mansion as a dream location for their nuptials. The more Kendra and Hank think about it, the more they realise that despite Hank's initial concerns, the Playboy Mansion would be a perfect setting for their wedding. With the picturesque backdrop for the big day in place, Kendra works feverishly with Mansion staff and her wedding planner to make sure everything, from the rehearsal dinner to the bridal shower to the big event, is picture-perfect.

Throughout the series, Kendra's sensitive side takes center stage as she focuses on her relationship with Hank and their pending nuptials. The couple has enjoyed an exciting, romantic long-distance relationship and viewers see the lovebirds at their finest as they take a hilarious and memorable road trip to move Hank from New Mexico to California. While Hank and Kendra are opposites in many ways, the two share a very competitive love of sports. When the two are invited to play in a celebrity basketball game for charity and they end up on opposing teams, the trash talking begins until Kendra sinks a three-pointer while being guarded by her fiance.

Kendra's close-knit friends and family are around as she takes the ride of her life, and help her out whenever needed. Girlfriends Amber Campisi and Britney Binger provide a constant support system and do their best to keep her in check. Meanwhile her family keeps a watchful eye out as Kendra's mum, grandmother and brother are understandably anxious about her ability to live on her own, sometimes sticking their noses into Kendra's business more than she would like.

'Kendra,' along with E!'s hit series 'Girls of the Playboy Mansion' is executive produced and was developed for television by Kevin Burns, multiple Emmy Award-winning producer of numerous non-fiction cable series and specials. The series is produced by Prometheus Entertainment, Fox Television Studios and Alta Loma Entertainment.

Sin City Law: Skin Tone- part 2

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Wednesday, 26 August '
Time:8:30pm
Special Defender Ivette Maningo and Investigator James Aleman travel to Los Angeles in search of two eyewitnesses to the 2002 shooting.

Defense attorney Whipple consults with firearms experts as he follows up on potential exculpatory testimony given by the victim's elder sister. Lozano is left-handed, yet she saw the shooter fire the gun with his right hand.

Billable Hours: The Nicotine Gum Episode

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Thursday, 27 August 2009 '
Time:10:30pm
Billable Hours is a Canadian comedy series that follows the lives of three lawyers: Sam Caponelli (Fabrizio Filippo - Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Queer as Folk), Robin Howland (Jennifer Baxter - Land Of The Dead) and Clark Claxton III (Brandon Firla - Band Of Brothers, Man Of The Year).

Clark is ravaged by too much privilege and too little affection; Robin spends all her energy hiding her trailer-park Red Deer past by being perfect while Sam is the glue that holds them together.

Torchwood: Combat

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Friday, 28 August 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
In this episode, savage aliens are being kidnapped from the streets of Cardiff and Torchwood wants to know why. Owen is sent undercover to find out who is behind it and soon befriends the charismatic Mark Lynch (Alex Hassell).
Beneath the veneer of normal city life, Owen discovers a shocking subculture. Can he avoid being sucked in?
Torchwood, created by Russell T Davis, follows the adventures of a team of investigators using alien technology to solve crime: some terrestrial, some not.

Being Erica: Dr Tom

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Friday, 28 August 2009 '
Time:9:20pm
Erica Strange is 32, smart and pretty. But her life's going nowhere and she blames her past for her current misfortune. So what if she could change the past? That's where Dr Tom comes in.

Back in high school, Erica (Erin Karpluk) thought she'd grow up, meet 'the' guy, get 'the' career and have a couple of beautiful, talented children and ride off into the sunset. But somehow, it just never happened. Now she has the chance of a lifetime.

Movie: Blue Collar

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Saturday, 29 August 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
This stunning directing debut by frequent Scorcese collaborator Paul Schrader features amazing dramatic performances by comic great Richard Pryor, Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel, and Emmy nominee Yaphet Kotto.

When three Detroit autoworkers band together against their employer's corrupt union, the results are stirring and outrageous. A film of remarkable power, Blue Collar is as timely today as it was upon its release.

Cranford: June 1842 and Hornblower: The Even Chance

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Sunday, 23 August '
Time:7:30pm - 8:30pm
Cranford: June 1842
7:30pm
In this repeat screening of Cranford, Oscar-winner Judi Dench leads a magnificent ensemble cast in this witty and poignant adaptation of three classic Elizabeth Gaskell novels. This uniquely rich and comic drama follows the small absurdities and major tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford during one extraordinary year.

Hornblower: The Even Chance
8:30pm
Repeating on ABC2, Hornblower is set in England, 1793, and beneath the rolling clouds of a January gale, a shoreboat cuts through the churning waters of Spithead Harbour to where the battleship Justinian rides at anchor. Huddled wet and shivering in the sternsheets of the shoreboat, a pale thin fifteen-year-old boy named Horatio Hornblower is about to embark upon the greatest adventure of his life...

Being Human

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Starts June 19'
Time:9.20pm
Three twenty-something housemates are trying to live normal lives despite struggling with unusual afflictions; one is a werewolf, one's a vampire and one's a ghost.

On first appearances things seem to be positive and 'normal' for the three. But as they do their best to live their lives as normally as possible, they carry dark and strange secrets and their 'other' world has intruders always threatening to expose them - on top of the usual issues faced by young people surrounding love, work and mates.

Ghost Annie ( Lenora Crichlow) is talkative, lacking in self-confidence and desperate for company.

Vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner) is good-looking and laid-back, has the gift of the gab and an easy confidence with females.

George (Russell Tovey) is battling with his double life as a mild-mannered hospital porter who, one night a month, transforms into a flesh-hungry predatory werewolf.

Nature's Great Events: The Great Salmon Run

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday, 21 June 2009 '
Time:7:30pm
The return of the Pacific salmon every year to the rivers from which they were born, is one of the greatest natural events on the planet. More than half a billion salmon travel up to 20,000 miles to return to the exact patch of gravel in the river from which they were born, to spawn and die.

Using high speed cameras and specially designed digital underwater kits, Nature's Great Events amazingly capture the salmon swimming upstream and against powerful torrents. Salmon have an incredible sense of smell and can detect just a drop of the water from the river they came from among billions of litres of sea water.

On the west coast of Canada and Alaska, over 2,000 miles away, a number of predators eagerly await the salmon's return. Killer whales, sea lions and bald eagles eagerly anticipate the millions of salmon heading their way. In order to survive, bears find themselves eating clams, barnacles and even grass while they wait for the salmon. But they are threatened by coastal wolves, which have been known to kill and eat small bears.

After spawning, the salmon die and yet their decaying bodies continue to feed the animals gathered along the rivers, as well as providing nutrients to feed the developing salmon eggs in the river. The time-lapse cameras demonstrate that the dead fish also sustain the forest itself.

The Rollers

Venue:ABC TV
Date:'Wed, July 29th to Saturday's final on August 1st'
Australia's world champion men's wheelchair basketballers - The Rollers - take on a trio of top international opponents in a series of 'World Challenge' matches to be screened on ABC TV

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Pocket Full Of Rye

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday, 21 June 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
In the first of a brand new series of four new adaptations. When Miss Marple learns of the deaths of businessman Rex Fortescue, his young wife Adele and their housemaid Gladys, the circumstances vividly recall the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence, and since Miss Marple had trained Gladys herself she has a very personal reason to investigate...

The opulent family household is run under the watchful eye of housekeeper Mary Dove, but Miss Marple soon sees it is a fractured home - Rex's son Percival is desperately trying to save the company whilst neglecting his wife Jennifer, and a bitter sibling rivalry has re-ignited since the return of younger son Lance with his aristocratic new wife Pat. With the help of Inspector Neele and Sergeant Pickford, Miss Marple questions why Rex's daughter Elaine and the debonair Vivian Dubois should be so evasive about their whereabouts at the time of the murders, and she begins to understand the significance of the blackbirds that have been making unexpected appearances...

With her mischievously beguiling manner Miss Marple draws vital clues to make sense of the rhyme and at last reveal the truth!

Spooks

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Monday, 22 June 2009 '
Time:9:35pm
MI5 are confronting an old enemy - Russia - as it emerges as a new superpower, while continuing to battle the threat of Islamist terrorism. In episode one, The Last Post, former British MI5 officer, Lucas North, was returned on a secret spy swap after having suffered eight years in a Russian gaol.

Anxious to get back onto the Grid and back to work, Lucas joined forces with MI5 officer and friend, Adam Carter, to rescue a kidnapped British soldier, just back from Afghanistan and being held by Al Qaeda terrorists. Meanwhile Ros, who had been working undercover in Russia after faking her own death, was called back to London by Harry. She provided vital intelligence to MI5 revealing that Al Qaeda, supported by Russian Chechens, planned to detonate a bomb during a London Remembrance service in protest against the war in Afghanistan.

Adam and Lucas were despatched to prevent the blast. Adam found the bomb in a car parked near the service, and heroically drove the vehicle to an empty London square where it could detonate at no risk to civilians, but tragically was himself caught in the blast and killed.

Junk In The Trunk Kardashians Special Premiere

Venue:E! Channel 121 on FOXTEL
Date:'Tuesday, December 28th'
Time:8:30pm

Grand Designs: Somerset

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Tuesday, 23 June 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
In the first episode of series seven we meet Ian and Sophie Cooper, a London couple who are passionate about design and who plan to restore a 200-year-old Grade 2 (UK) listed industrial building in an area of outstanding beauty.

The 'Apprentice Store' in Somerset, near Bath, has been derelict for over 25 years, its only inhabitants being a colony of bats. Before Ian and Sophie began the restoration process of the building, they first had to build a new 'bat cave' to re-house the protected mammals. Ian and Sophie not only plan to restore the old building, but add a large glass extension, creating a cool modern interior to make the most of the incredible views. However, they discover this wreck of a building has no foundations and sits on unstable ground.

The only way to prevent their dream home from sliding down the hill is by stabilising it with a mammoth piling system - a complex engineering job. Everything on this restoration from the windows to the pointing has to be approved by planning and conservation, which adds time and money to the construction process. Nearly two years and one baby later, Sophie has almost lost sight of why they are working on restoring this old building. For her, it feels more like a building project rather than the creation of a long-awaited family home.

The Soup Clipdown Show

Venue:E! Channel 121 on FOXTEL
Date:'Tuesday, December 26th'
Time:8:30pm

Artscape: Circus Oz: The Big Birthday Bash: pt2

Venue:ABC1 and ABC2 on June 28th
Date:'Tuesday, 23 June 2009 or Sunday, June 28 at 7:00pm '
Time:10:00pm
Part two of Artscape's The Big Birthday Bash series follows Circus Oz during rehearsals for their landmark 30th birthday show in 2008. At Circus Oz's HQ in Port Melbourne, the full troupe of acrobats and the band return from tour for rehearsals.
Emil Wolk, guest director in charge of theatrical character development is hard at work on Nicci and Justin's slapstick chewing gum routine. Flip is back on skates after her injury, and Rocky and Paul begin run-throughs of their new tango chair-stack routine. The teeterboard routine shapes up with the acrobats playing a mob of feral kangaroos, while contortionist Sosi is jammed into a tank of water to practise a comic escape stunt called The Tank of Terror.

After a shoulder accident scare, Nicci pipes up and says the new roo routine is simply 'not funny'. She even suggests 'it's a bit of a mess'. Frustrated her suggestions are not being acted upon she claims the collaborative/collective model is just an old ideal that Circus Oz doesn't run on any more.

As the countdown to opening night continues tension rises when not everything goes to plan. A late decision to include show director Tim Coldwell's classic film noir, roof walk to the line-up, adds to the show's overblown length. Mike Finch informs Tim Coldwell that 'bold cuts' are urgently needed. Adding to the headache, technical problems delay the Circus Oz tent going up at Melbourne's Birrarung Marr.

The Ascent Of Money: Safe As Houses and Back Home

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Thursday, 25 June'
Time:from 8:30pm
The Ascent Of Money: Safe As Houses:
It sounded so simple: give state-owned assets to the people. After all, what better foundation for a property-owning democracy than a campaign of privatisation encompassing housing?
An economic theory says that markets cannot function without mortgages, because it is only by borrowing against their assets that entrepreneurs can get their businesses off the ground. But what if mortgages are bundled together and sold off to the highest bidder? This week Professor Niall Ferguson explains how someone's bright idea to bundle together a bunch of sub-prime mortgages and sell them on, virtually brought down the world's financial markets.

Back Home:
This is the first and only film made by a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor about his experiences, escape and return to his homeland. At the age of seventeen, J.B. Rutagarama was marked for murder by machete-wielding Hutu militias. Remarkably he survived, though dozens of his relatives were slaughtered. J.B. fled Rwanda alone, but along the way he met an American television crew who changed his life. They took him in, cared for him and eventually became his surrogate parents. They sent him to film school in England, where he graduated with honours. Afterwards he moved to New York City and began working as a studio cameraman. Then, 9/11 happened. What he saw that day brought all of his nightmares flooding back. As America struggled with its grief, J.B. felt compelled to face his own. He left for Rwanda to face the horrors of his past. In Back Home J.B. takes viewers on a very personal journey to witness his sorrow and surprising joy when he finds the person he loved the most is still alive. Through her, he could heal at last.

Silent Witness: Finding Rachel

Date:'Friday, 26 June 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
In the last episode of this series, the Silent Witness team are in Zambia, helping an old friend of Nikki's (Emilia Fox). Emilia Fox, William Gaminara and Tom Ward star as the team of forensic pathologists uncovering the truth behind suspicious deaths, in one of the most successful and long-running crime dramas. When Rachel Harrington's bones are found in Zambia, her father's employer, and mine-owner, Peter asks his childhood friend Nikki to fly out. Rachel had been accusing the Government of a health cover-up. The local police claim that Rachel was killed by wild animals. Her father Stephen is not convinced. Christopher and Harriet, who run the mission where Rachel worked, weren't keen on Rachel or her influence on their daughter Bethany. Leo and Nikki examine the bones and determine that the body received multiple stab wounds - but when they do a full post mortem, they realise that the bones belong to a woman in her mid forties, not Rachel. When Rachel's friend, Emil, is hit in a traffic accident on the way to meeting Rachel, the team begins to wonder if she is still alive...

New Tricks: Couldn't Organise One

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Saturday, 27 June 2009 '
Time:7:30pm
Pullman's (Amanda Redman) professional and personal worlds collide when the team reopens a case originally investigated by bent copper DCI Bobby McAdam, a colleague of her dead father.

Having discovered that her father, a police hero in her eyes, was being investigated for corruption shortly before his death, Pullman uses McAdam to find out the truth about her dad's past. But the truth leads to a discovery that puts enormous pressure on her already-volatile relationship with her mother, Grace. Meanwhile, the boys are enjoying the fruits of their labour at Felspar's Brewery. Family run, Felspar's was rocked by the death of 26-year-old Chief Brewer Graham Thompson, who drowned in one of the fermentation tanks. At the time of the original investigation, DCI McAdam had been too busy chatting up the victim's girlfriend, Anna Hodgkiss, to bother taking her seriously when she claimed that Graham was anxious about something at work.

However, the team does believe Graham may have been deeply troubled. But does the answer to his death lie with brewery owner, Sir Wilfred 'Freddy' Felspar and those working for him, or does it lie in the beer itself? While Brian (Alun Armstrong) takes on the brewery, Gerry (Dennis Waterman) and Jack (James Bolam) tackle the brew. Surprisingly, both result in the same outcome.

Sunday Arts

Venue:ABC1
Date:'28th June 2009'
Time:5:00pm
This week on Sunday Arts we feature lauded Hollywood script doctor Robert McKee in conversation with one of his biggest fans, comedian Tony Martin.

One-on-One: Robert McKee and Tony Martin Robert McKee is known as the Godfather of screenwriting, he was forever immortalised in Charlie Kaufman's film Adaptation and has provided screenwriting advice to our own Adam Elliot and Ray Lawrence through to writers on CSI, Law and Order, Desperate Housewives and across the Tasman to the Lord of the Rings team. He is in Australia for a series of screenwriting seminars to be held in Sydney and Melbourne throughout June and while here he has made time to speak with one of his biggest fans, comedian, screenwriter, radio broadcaster and film director Tony Martin.

Dangerous Jobs For Girls and The Dark Side Of Fame

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Wednesday, 7 October 2009 '
Time:8:30pm - 9:30pm
Dangerous Jobs For Girls: Loggers
8:30pm
In the second episode of this four-part series we are in British Columbia in Western Canada.

The Dark Side Of Fame: Pamela Anderson
9:30pm
The road to fame can be a long one. However, there is a short cut - just take off all your clothes!

Sex, Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll and Hornblower

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Sunday, 4 October 2009 '
Time:5:00pm-8:30pm
Sex, Drugs And Rock 'n' Roll: The 60s Revealed
5:00pm
Forty years ago, TV presenter Bernard Braden began a remarkable project.

Hornblower: Loyalty
8:30pm
In this repeat screening of the popular series, Hornblower, the newly promoted Commander Hornblower sails for England and en route off the west coast of Ireland, encounters the sloop Hotspur, which has been captured by the French.


Afro Samurai

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Monday, 5 October 2009 '
Time:10:30pm
Voiced by Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman, Afro Samurai is an epic tale of a black samurai's hunt for justice, the world's greatest fighter and his father's murderer.

beached az: The Stingray

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Thursday, 8 October 2009 '
Time:9:25pm
beached az began as an online animation called 'Beached Whale' and is the story of a whale who finds himself beached on the shores of New Zealand.

Note By Note: The Making Of Steinway

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Sunday 21st June, 2009'
Following the story of a single Steinway piano from its humble beginnings, from forest floor to concert hall, the film explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicling the manufacturing process, and illustrating what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production.

From the factory in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano's journey is complex - spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labour.

The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers are a dying breed: skilled cabinetmakers, gifted tuners, and experienced hand-crafters.

The story covers every step in the process of creating grand concert piano L1037, and talks along the way with famous pianists about the qualities of a great instrument. But it's the portrait of the factory as a melting pot of highly skilled craftsmen which sets the film apart; the love of work, exemplified by the factory workers and the artists they serve, is at the heart of the film's vision.

Otto Preminger Season: Advise And Consent

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Saturday, 10 October 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
Starring Charles Laughton, Don Marruat and Henry Fonda, Otto Preminger's Advise And Consent is a probing examination of the seedy underbelly of politics.

Arguably one of the best films of its genre ever made, it is certainly one of the most important and effective of Otto Preminger's career.

Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone

Date:'Wednesday, 24 June 2009 '
Time:9:30pm
An impressionistic documentary explores America's most famous smut peddler, Larry Flynt. An often polarising figure, Larry Flynt has long struggled to expand the parameters of free speech and expose what he called the hypocrisy of America's elected leaders.

The focus of this film is less on his life and legacy than on his First Amendment court battles over the past 30 years.

He's spent more time in court than many lawyers and even spent time in jail for his beliefs. So when this man talks about the meaning of democracy, many believe he has earned the right to be heard.

The Librarians

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Thursday, 25 June '
Time:11:00pm
In the lead up to the hotly anticipated premiere of The Librarians series two later this year, relive the misadventures of Frances O'Brien (Robyn Butler), devout Catholic, panic disorder sufferer and Head Librarian at the Middleton Interactive Learning Centre.

Despite the chronic vandalism, the dysfunctional staff and her own particular challenges with the ever growing Muslim community, Frances wears her Head Librarian's badge with relish.

No more so than during the heady period leading up to Book Week - precisely the moment her life suddenly takes a turn for the worse. Immersed in planning for Book Week, Frances's focus is diverted when her ex-best friend and nemesis, Christine Grimwood (Roz Hammond) applies for the Children's Librarian's position.

While completely unsuitable, Christine desperately needs a responsible job before fronting court on drug trafficking charges. Frances refuses but soon finds herself forced to hire Christine.

Being Human

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Friday, 26 June '
Time:9:20pm
Three young housemates struggling to live normal lives are harassed from every corner. George, the gentle hospital porter who is also a werewolf, meets another of his kind. He is a rough and ready rogue called Tully who wants to teach George how to enjoy being a werewolf. He also makes a pass at Annie. Mitchell the vampire is taunted by his dark side comrades as he struggles to stay on the wagon and off the blood.

Ben's Zoo

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Wednesday, 24 June '
Time:8:00pm
When Ben and his family buy a zoo, they meet with unexpected problems. The escape of a wolf shows Ben just how desperately the zoo is in need of repairs, but buying the park has used up all the family's savings. Time is running out. They have just AUD7977 (4000 pounds) left in the bank account and the zoo is already costing AUD5983 (3000 pounds) a week to run. Ben has to find someone who will lend them AUD997,171 (500,000 pounds) as they still need to pay for the repairs and renovations. If he fails, the zoo will be back on the market and the animals' lives will be in danger once again.

Torchwood: Day One

Venue:ABC2
Date:'Friday, 26 June 2009 '
Time:8:30pm
Created by Russell T Davis, Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators using alien technology to solve crime: some terrestrial, some not.

Led by the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), the Torchwood team includes Gwen (Eve Myles) the group's conscience, charming medic Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), reserved Toshiko Sata (Naolo Mori); the super intelligent and intense Suzie Costello (Indira Varma); and Ianto Jones (Gareth David Lloyd) who is far more important than his receptionist's role suggests.

In this episode, an alien addicted to sex is let loose on Cardiff's nightlife, leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake. Captain Jack and Torchwood must track down the creature's new host and in doing so confront a violent new form of love in the 21st century.

Dora Saves the Crystal Palace

Venue:Nick Jr.
Date:'Saturday July 3'
Time:5pm
Nick Jr. continues to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dora the Explorer in 2010 with a special double episode, Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom.

Dora continues her magical adventure following the story from Dora Saves the Snow Princess, when the magic crystal that the Snow Princess gave her brings to life another character in her storybook - Allie of the Crystal Kingdom.

This new tale involves a greedy king (voiced by Richard Kind, Spin City) who has stolen the crystals that give Allie's kingdom colour. Dora and Boots must help Allie locate the crystals and turn the pale gray kingdom back into a colourful wonderland before it's too late. Along the way, the trio gain help from a British knight, a giant caterpillar and a magician who gives Dora three gifts - a shield, butterfly wings and a magic wand to aid in her journey. Using these presents, Dora attempts to defeat the greedy king and restore colour to the kingdom.

Message Stick, Cassowaries, The Last Enemy and Compass

Venue:ABC
Date:'Sunday, 26 July 2009 '
Time:1:30pm-10:30pm
1:30pm
Message Stick: Emily In Japan: Part One
In February 2008, the largest solo exhibition of an Australian artist to tour overseas opened in Japan. Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye took the cities of Osaka and Tokyo by storm, generating an interest not seen in the country since the works of Andy Warhol were shown there 10 years earlier.

Cassowaries
7:30pm
William McInnes narrates this first feature documentary on Australia's giant, magnificent and endangered Southern Cassowaries as they struggle to survive when a once-in-50-year cyclone destroys their rainforest homes.

The Last Enemy
8:30pm
Stephen (Benedict Cumberbatch) wakes up on the floor of the lab and flees, looking for Yasim. In his desperation he calls Eleanor (Eva Birthistle) for help.

Compass: The Satanic Verses Affair
9:30pm
Twenty years ago, novelist Salman Rushdie was a wanted man with a million pound bounty on his head. His novel, The Satanic Verses, had sparked riots across the Muslim world. The ailing religious leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, had invoked a little-known religious instruction - a fatwa - and effectively sentenced Rushdie to death.

Spooks

Venue:ABC
Date:'Monday, 27 July 2009 '
Time:9:35pm
In episode seven, news that a Sugarhorse (MI5's top-secret operation with a long-term strategy to destabilise Russia's nuclear capability) asset has been found dead reaches Harry. He knows that Britain is caught in the middle of what could be a nuclear showdown as the US plans to place missile defence shields in former Soviet countries.

Grand Designs, Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union and Artscape

Venue:ABC
Date:'Tuesday, 28 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm-11:00pm
Grand Designs: Headcorn
8:30pm
Mimi d'Costa and her husband Andre have moved to the Kent countryside to bring up their two young sons, Sean and Ty. Mimi and Andre have bought a large plot of land and want to build a home on it that is functional enough to serve their young family but that will also blend beautifully into the landscape.

Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union
9:25pm
The second season of Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union continues to showcase her vast array of original characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits, that range from sardonic parody to social satire.

Artscape: Landscape Of The Wynne
10:00pm
Artscape: Landscape of the Wynne transports you into the studios of four very different contemporary Australian painters - Geoff Dyer, Graham Fransella, Ben McKeown and Kate Shaw. Watch as they each try to win the oldest and most prestigious gong given for Australian landscape painting - the Wynne Prize. The Wynne is Australia's oldest art prize and in the eyes of many artists - a true 'artist's prize'. Every year, it encourages artists to tackle the power of landscape.

Whatever! The Science Of Teens, The Link and World's Greenest Homes

Venue:ABC
Date:'Thursday, 30 July 2009 '
Time:6:05pm - 9:30pm
6:05pm
World''s Greenest Homes
This episode features a tiny 1920s bungalow in Venice Beach, California, that has been revamped with a sleek new addition and the latest in modern design and green features, including solar panels that provide 70 percent of the home's energy needs.

8:00pm
Whatever! The Science Of Teens
Binge drinking is a teen issue that has shaken a cocktail of concern. But is this just media hype? Through a range of experiments, this second episode of Whatever! The Science Of Teens exposes the true dangers behind what used to be seen as just a harmless rite of passage.

8:30pm
The Link: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor?
Millions of years ago, a little girl was born. It's time to meet our 47-million-year--old ancestor...

Yarramundi Kids

Venue:NITV
Date:'Monday-Fridays '
Time:7am and 11am
Hot on the heels of the internationally acclaimed stage show, Yarramundi Kids is a brand new children's series exclusive to NITV. The Yarramundi Kids educate children about the importance of family and friends, eating healthy food and caring for our environment by incorporating avatars, puppets, location stories, animation and Indigenous language segments in a fun and interactive way that will entertain the entire family.

Stephen Fry In America and Midsomer Murders

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday, 30 August 2009 '
Time:7:30pm - 8:35pm
Stephen Fry In America: Mountains And Plains
7:30pm
Starting with the airborne border patrol agents at the Canadian border in the stunning mountains of Montana, and ending at the very different border with Mexico in Texas, Stephen explores the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and America's breadbasket beside them.

Midsomer Murders: The Black Book
8:35pm
John Nettles and Jason Hughes are back investigating deadly deeds and gruesome goings-on in a brand new series of Midsomer Murders.

The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash

Venue:Nickelodeon
Date:'Friday November 20-Saturday November 21'
Friday November 20

8pm:Get your square party-pants on as Nickelodeon kicks-off the 48-hour SpongeBash marathon with the special Australian premiere of To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants.

9pm: The Australian premieres continue with the first full length SpongeBob SquarePants documentary, Square Roots at 9pm.

Party all night long and right through the morning with Spongey and his friends as the marathon continues with the ultimate line up of your favourite SpongeBob SquarePants episodes!

Saturday November 21

1pm: Nickelodeon presents the Top 10 Countdown of favourite episodes as chosen by celebrities such as Miranda Cosgrove, Keke Palmer and Tony Hawke.

4pm: The fun continues with more Spongey special episodes including, The Pest of the West, Best Day Ever and Who Bob What Pants?

6.30pm: Tune into the Australian premiere special episode of Truth or Square featuring guest celebrity voices, Will Ferrell, P!nk, Robbin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Rosario Dawson, among others.

7pm: Cap off the night with the special screening of SpongeBob: The Movie

The Stepfather and Love Lies Bleeding

Venue:ABC
Date:'Friday, 31 July 2009 '
Time:8:30pm and 9:40pm
The Stepfather
8:30pm
This two-part drama returns to ABC1 for a repeat screening. Part one follows Dougie Molloy whose 15-year-old daughter, Pippa, went missing three years ago. Refusing to give up hope of finding her, Dougie threw in his school teaching job and became a mini-cab driver, searching for her as he drives the streets.

Love Lies Bleeding
9:40pm
In this two-part thriller Martin Kemp shines as a self-made millionaire betrayed by those he trusts. Life should be sweet for Mark Terry (Martin Kemp) but the reappearance of an old school friend with a score to settle leaves him fighting for his marriage, his freedom and ultimately, his life.

Ashes To Ashes

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Monday, 31 August 2009 '
Time:9:35pm
Ashes To Ashes
9:35pm
When a dead body is discovered at a warehouse, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) is quick to dismiss the death of Martin Kennedy as suicide. However, with signs of a struggle and a massive blow to the head of the body, the CID team finds itself involved in a murder investigation.
Feisty DI Alex Drake (Keeley Hawes) soon uncovers an intriguing piece of evidence: a piece of paper with a code. Leaving Custody Sergeant Viv with the task of solving the puzzle, Gene and the rest of the team head out to do the 'real work'.

rage: Special: Michael Jackson, East Of Everything and The Bill

Venue:ABC
Date:'Saturday, 1 August 2009 '
Time:10:00am and 8:30pm
rage: Michael Jackson
10:00am
On Saturday 1st August, rage pays tribute to the undisputed 'King Of Pop', Michael Jackson in a way that only rage can - no interruptions, only full length clips, archive rarities, interview footage and much more spanning over 40 years of Michael Jackson's prolific career.

7:30pm
East Of Everything: Cumin Get It!
The three-day cyclonic storm that blew Gerry into town finally departs, leaving in its wake some major damage to the Far Out East. Citing safety regulations, the council demands the resort be repaired by close of business - or forfeit its residency certificate - so Vance leads the charge to set things straight, mustering all hands on deck.

8:30pm
The Bill
Ep 677 - Forensic Evidence
Sun Hill's crime scene expert Eddie Olosunje (Jason Barnett) is devastated when he misses some vital evidence, and is hauled over the coals by acting CID head DS Stuart Turner (Doug Rao).

Finding The Fallen and Tony Robinson's Crime And Punishment

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Tuesday, 1 September 2009 '
Time:6:10pm - 8:30pm
Finding The Fallen: Codename 'Tank'
6:10pm
Under top secrecy in England during WWI, a team of women were employed to help create mobile water storage devices for the Middle East. They were actually building 'landships' but their nickname for these large steel machines, 'tank', has stuck.

Tony Robinson's Crime And Punishment: Have I Got Noose For You
8:30pm
In this final episode, Tony examines the huge escalation in the amount of law making with the rise of industrialised society in the 18th century. And with thinkers such as Voltaire, Locke and especially Jeremy Bentham - the man who called for a proper democracy - the modern ideas of prison reform and rehabilitation for offenders begin to emerge.

Sunday Arts

Venue:ABC
Date:'Sunday, 26 July 2009 '
Time:5:00pm
This week on Sunday Arts, Fenella Kernebone talks to Marc Newson, one of the most accomplished and influential industrial designers of his generation.
Sydney-born designer Newson had just left the Sydney College of the Arts when his aluminium sculptured Lockheed Lounge catapulted him into the stratosphere of stardom. Today, he lives in London and has become an industry 'brand-name'.

The Librarians and United States Of Tara

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Wednesday, 2 September 2009 '
Time:9:00pm - 9:30pm
The Librarians: Deliverance
9:00pm
Noni Hazlehurst guest stars on tonight's episode of The Librarians.

United States Of Tara: Transition
9:30pm
The family is under the impression that Tara's (Toni Collette) parents, Bev (Pamela Reed) and Frank (Fred Ward), are visiting to celebrate Charmaine's (Rosemarie DeWitt) birthday. But when Frank approaches Max (John Corbett) about taking the kids to live with them, Max does everything he can to prevent Tara from switching.

Curious George

Venue:Nick Jr.
Date:'Weekdays from Monday July 5'
Time:8.25am and 5.25pm
Curious George is an Emmy award-winning animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. This latest series is an Australian exclusive to Nick Jr. and will inspire children to explore science, engineering, and even math in the world around them alongside their favourite monkey friend, George.

East Of Everything and The Bill

Venue:ABC
Date:'Saturday, 5 September 2009 '
Time:7:30pm - 8:30pm
East Of Everything: Community Chest
7:30pm
Terry Adams's (Steve Bisley) lost 'nest-egg' continues washing up on Broken Bay's beaches and after a punch up in the surf, Art (Richard Roxburgh) and Vance (Tom Long) score some waterlogged cash.

The Bill- Conviction: Cover Up - Ep. 687
8:30pm
Sgt Smith gets in over his head in this six part thriller...

Yellowstone, Midsomer Murders and Compass

Venue:ABC1
Date:'Sunday, 27 September 2009 '
Time:7:30pm - 10:05pm
Yellowstone: Summer
7:30pm
As the spring melts the winter snow, the full extent of Yellowstone is gradually revealed. Now, from the surrounding lowlands, herds of elk, pronghorn and bison return from their winter feeding grounds to take advantage of America's richest natural grasslands, right in the heart of Yellowstone.

Midsomer Murders
8:30pm
John Nettles and Jason Hughes are back investigating deadly deeds and gruesome goings-on in a brand new series of Midsomer Murders. In episode five a burglar is on the loose, and people are beginning to die...

Compass: What Should I Do? Part One
10:05pm
Once upon a time the big decisions in life were about births, deaths and marriages. But today many of our little, everyday decisions have grown into big dilemmas.