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10:05pm – Sunday, January 27 on ABC1

Grayson Perry, a leading British artist and winner of the Turner Prize, has always been fascinated by taste – why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices.

In his final journey to explore what our taste says about us, Perry lives amongst the upper classes of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire where he meets The Marquess of Bath and Longleat and bohemian Detmar Blow.

Perry finds that upper-class taste can be as much a burden as a blessing. The reverence of the people he meets for tradition, ancestral inheritance and appropriateness makes him wonder whether that makes it more difficult to develop taste of their own.

As owners of magnificent old houses, they know plenty about tapestries, but Perry’s 21st century take on the tapestry tradition – with his own very personal take on their taste – proves very different from the tapestries they’re used to.

7:30pm – Saturday, February 2 on ABC1

The Paradise: a heady world of desires, dreams and ambition, and the most luxurious selection of goods you’ll ever find, all under one roof. Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Britain’s first department store, THE PARADISE is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world.

As Denise finds her feet as a shop girl in the Ladies wear department of The Paradise, she must navigate her way through the shop floor power struggles, the intrigues and the affairs. She is young, ambitious and knows she has the ability to rise to dizzying heights.

Meanwhile, the shop’s dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots Denise almost as soon as she’s set foot on the shop floor. Self-made and utterly modern, Moray can be ruthless – and completely charming.

In Denise he sees some of himself, and can’t help being drawn to her, despite being entangled with his powerful financier’s pampered and determined daughter, Katherine Glendenning.

This is a love story, a story of ambition and progress, and a mysterious dark secret threatening to ruin a hard-won empire. Inspired by Emile Zola’s much loved novel ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’, this glamorous series revolves around the lives of the people who live and work in the store; each is bound in their own way by the power of the world they live in, and the pasts that follow them here.

8:30pm – Friday, February 1 on ABC1

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Logie award-winner Craig McLachlan as the maverick country town doctor Lucien Blake. A risk-taker, he’s impulsive and not afraid to upset the status quo.

Set in the late 1950s, the series begins as Dr Blake returns to a place he once called home to take over his deceased father’s medical practice.

Everything seems peaceful on the surface, but seething underneath are the age-old passions of a regional town clashing head-on with the tensions and fears of the decade to come.

Haunted by the horrors of war, his own personal loss and changed by his experiences as a POW, the wry, dry, yet very human Dr Blake undertakes his other role as police surgeon with precision and gusto – yet many find his unpredictable and unconventional manner unnerving.

Beside Blake, helping and at times hindering, are his housekeeper Jean (Nadine Garner), her nephew Danny (Rick Donald), a young constable, District Nurse Mattie O’Brien (Cate Wolfe) and Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson (Joel Tobeck).

When a young woman’s body is found floating in the local lake, Dr Blake can’t help digging deeper into the mystery. There is more to the case than meets the eye. He is certain the dead girl – a runaway from a local reform school – was dead before she was dumped in the water. The autopsy proves his theory but finding the killer is more complicated.

In a classic whodunit, Dr Blake sifts through the obvious suspects, before revealing the culprit.

3:00pm – Friday, February 1 on ABC1

Live coverage of the final three days’ play of the Australian Ladies Masters Golf Tournament. The opening event of the 2013 season, the Masters always attracts a top field of international players. In its 24th year the ALM is Australia’s longest running women’s tournament.

Coming back in 2013 will be defending champion Christel Boeljon from Holland, as well as a host of other well loved, big names.

Hosted by the ABC’s Stephanie Brantz and with commentary from Peter Wilkins, the legendary Jane Crafter and England’s Kate Burton, the ABC will provide comprehensive live coverage of this great golfing event from Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

8:30pm – Thursday, January 31 on ABC1

Nigella Lawson continues to share her passion for creating mouthwatering Italian food. Inspired by a scribbled note she once found in an old Italian kitchen, she shows her take on the classic light and sunny yoghurt pot cake.

Nigella’s niece and nephew are recruited to make – and enjoy – a shortcut sausage meatball supper, while a girls’ night in sees Nigella rustling up a super quick dish of squid and prawns with marjoram and chilli. The evening ends with Nigella’s tiramisini – a lighter, quicker version of traditional tiramisu.

9:00pm – Thursday, January 31 on ABC1

When a source’s body is found in a Soho backstreet, a shaken Bel commands the team halt altogether in their pursuit of the dangerous Cilenti. But when she begs Freddie not to risk his life for the sake of glory, he’s more determined than ever due to a new lead: a mystery company ‘Castlecore’ is investing in Cilenti’s company set to make money from nuclear bases. Freddie’s determined to find who they are.

When Randall challenges McCain about his part in Cilenti’s manipulation of the previous week’s show, his honourable treatment of McCain’s blackmail predicament leads McCain to offer help – he hints that a visit to El Paradis that evening might just throw light on Castlecore…

Freddie visits Laurie, leaving the corrupt Commander planning his own stand against Cilenti. Meanwhile, Hector wows executives in a meeting with ITV and is tempted by the prospect of being lauded with Marnie as ITV’s golden couple – will he leave The Hour for its rivals.

Randall and Lix are drawn together by a setback in their search for their daughter. Meanwhile, Hector offers Bel insight into her falling out with Freddie, and when Freddie finally confronts Bel about his letter from America she’s left reeling by his new-found boldness.

That evening, Freddie and Hector’s sting at El Paradis reveals a startling answer to what Castlecore is. But proceedings are interrupted by an unexpected visitor who causes controversial front-page chaos… Has Freddie caused a situation he might live to regret?

9:30pm – Wednesday, January 30 on ABC1

A hilarious episode of the UK comedy panel show Would I Lie To You?, featuring previously unseen material.

Hosted by Rob Brydon, two comedy teams go head-to-head revealing unbelievable funny and embarrassing personal stories about themselves, some of which are true and some of which are not. The burden to uncover the truth falls upon a panel of comedians, actors, presenters and other personalities.

David Mitchell and Lee Mack are the two team captains who appear each week on the show.

In this special episode, guests include Richard E Grant, Bernard Cribbins, Ronnie Corbett, Keeley Hawes, Jack Dee, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Martin Clunes and Julian Clary.

8:30pm – Wednesday, January 30 on ABC1

ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia’s colossal 70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.

ABC’s innovative music program Countdown and its host Molly Meldrum were instrumental in bringing ABBA to a burgeoning mid-70s television audience looking for something different. It was due to Countdown that Mamma Mia was released as a single, first in Australia and then the world, and the ABBA phenomenon was born. Viewers were going into record shops wanting to buy the single. Molly rang RCA records asking about the release of Mamma Mia and was told there were no plans to do so.

“We then played it again in defiance and they had no option but to release it… it was lucky, it went to number one,” Meldrum said.

ABBA: Bang a Boomerang digs deep into heartfelt memories, cardboard cartons of memorabilia, face-toface encounters, local pop icon recounts, lavish personal and public ABBA museums and Australia’s rich media archives to relive a moment of collective national ‘craziness’, when we did literally go ABBA mad.

The result is a warm, bright, captivating engagement with ABBA’s time Down Under that will remind us all of the band’s impact and how our open-hearted embrace of all things ABBA would eventually define us.

One in three Australian households owned an ABBA record – from Prime Minister Fraser to eight year olds around the nation, we were hooked even if some of us didn’t want to admit it back then and we didn’t realise the crush would be for keeps.

9:30pm – Tuesday, January 29 on ABC1

Week four in Hollywood for the six Aussie actors seeking fame and fortune.

The Hollywood heat surrounding Alycia continues to radiate. In only four weeks in Hollywood, she has landed on the short list for The Carrie Diaries and has been offered a lead role in a feature film.

Penelope is going to auditions daily and is excited about one particular project, a remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Craig gets into the LA comedy scene and is excited that he is doing the same improv comedy classes that inspired his comedy heroes Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Zach Galifianakis.

Things have picked up for HaiHa and she has her first audition this pilot season.

Michael is being considered for lead roles in big budget features, including the Evil Dead franchise. But it’s a catch-22 because the feedback he gets is that he’s too green for a role of that size.

Meanwhile Luke admits that anxiety and stress got the better of him at a particular audition. In a candid moment he has a meltdown while being interviewed and walks off. But he recovers from this incident and cooks a meal for his fellow cast members, one of whom announces some exciting news.


9:30pm – Sunday, January 27 on ABC1

Adam (Tom Hollander) succumbs to envy when he hears an old rival on radio program ‘Thought for the Day’. But his own attempts to make a career of his vocation spectacularly backfire. An ill-advised comment on the ‘One Show’ about homosexuality within the church results in orders from the Archdeacon (Simon McBurney) to take media instruction from the very vicar Adam was trying to outdo. And while Adam neglects his pastoral duties in favour of climbing the greasy pole, Colin (Steve Evets) looks for meaning outside of St Saviour’s and decides to dabble in the Rastafari religion.

Tom Hollander as Adam, Olivia Colman as Alex, Steve Evets as Colin, Simon McBurney as Archdeacon, Miles Jupp as Nigel, Lucy Liemann as Ellie, Hugh Bonneville as Roland Wise Ellen Thomas as Adoha, Alexander Armstrong as Patrick Yam, Colin Salmon as Leon.