It’s a week of summer finals and premieres on ABC1 with Nigella Kitchen, Outnumbered and Gareth Malone’s School for Extraordinary Boys all concluding during this week, while The Straits debuts on Thursday nights, as does Family Confidential and new series Accused on Saturday nights.
Grand Designs: Tenby. Sunday January 29, 7.30pm
This episode focusses on the restoration of the old lifeboat station in Tenby, Wales as Irishman Tim O’Donovan and his wife see an opportunity to not only convert the building into a unique home, but to rescue the historic building for the nation. Perched high on a steel peer above the sea, with only soft beech access, deliveries must be timed with the weather and tides.
Zen: Cabal. Sunday January 29, 8.30pm
A glamorous Roman detective series, based on the books by Michael Dibdin and starring Rufus Sewell. In this, episode two fo the series, Zen is assigned another case by the Ministry after the body of Umberto Ruspanti, a member of one of Rome’s most prominent aristocratic families is found underneath a bridge. Despite being directed to conclude it was suicide, Zen quickly suspects that murder has taken place. It is up to Zen to discover what really happened to Ruspanti.
Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. Sunday January 29, 10.00pm
This is the story of documentary filmmaker Phoebe Hart and her journey of both self discovery and finding others that share her condition of intersex with her. This condition means she can never menstruate, nor have children – a topic that was taboo in her childhood.
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease. Monday January 30, 9.30pm
This documentary examines the life of Ben Lee, a unique Australiamn artist who had written two solo albums of Dylan-inspired folk pop by 1995.
Nigella Kitchen: Can’t Live Without. Tuesday Janury 31, 8.00pm
In the final episode of this series, Nigella is sharing the secrets of food and flavours she just can’t live without including lemon, choclate and more.
The Wild Ones: Cane Toads – The Conquest. Tuesday January 31, 8.30pm
The South American cane toad was introduces into Australia in 1935 as an attempt to control the grey back cane beetle. Since then the toads have multiplied and become one of the nation’s greatest pests.
Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys. Tuesday January 31, 9.55pm
Final Part 1. International award winner, Choirmaster Gareth Malone teaches in a primary school in Essex in the UK for one term. His mission is to tackle the gap between girls’ and boys’ literacy and his final task is to tackle the boys’ number one enemy – writing.
Outnumbered. Wednesday February 1, 8.00pm
Final. Outnumbered follows the daily chaos of family life with two parents and three young children locked in an unequal contest (hence the title). Containing elements of improvisation, this comedy is an honest portrayal of the well meaning parental incompetence that happens in most homes, as Mum (Claire Skinner) and Dad (Hugh Dennis) attempt to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned.
Family Confidential. Thursday February 2, 8.00pm
New series. Family Confidential returns for its second season, inviting you into the homes of six of Australia’s most powerful and intriguing families, including The Nolls (singer Shannon and family), The Courtenays (of author Bryce Courtenay), The Dingos (actor Ernie, wife Sally), The Holmes à Courts (billionaire widow Janet and sons Peter and Paul), The Jacobsens (entertainment legend Kevin) and The Casellas (founders of Australia’s wealthiest family wine company with the Yellow Tail label). First episode looks at the Nolls.
The Straits. Thursday February 2, 8.30pm
New Australian Series.
Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Australia’s Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, The Straits is an exotic, darkly humorous crime drama.
The Montebello’s family business is transporting drugs into Australia and guns and exotic wildlife out – using ties of blood and loyalty in the Torres Strait Islands.
When Harry (Brian Cox) starts to plan his succession a power struggle is sparked between brothers Noel (Aaron Fa’Aoso), Marou (Jimi Bani), and Gary (Firass Dirani), and wife Kitty (Rena Owen) and daughter Sissi (Suzannah Bayes-Morton).
Tonight’s two-hour feature length premiere comprises:
Ep 1:-The Proposition
Harry announces his unexpected succession plan. Supported by his mother, Noel expands the family’s operations, without his father’s knowledge, by setting up a methamphetamine lab in PNG. This leads to conflict with the DC outlaw motorcycle gang and the family’s lives are threatened.
Ep 2:-The Trouble With Raskols
When a PNG raskol dies after Noel’s meth lab explodes, the dead raskol’s brother goes to the family’s home on Zey Island intent on revenge.
Gary flees to Cairns prompting Harry, Marou and Noel to go to PNG to square things with the raskols and the expat Chinese trader, Quay Lin (Sri Sacdpraseuth).
Meanwhile, Sissi starts work with the family’s accountant Paddy (Kim Gyngell) and discovers that Paddy has been embezzling money from the family for years.
And Marou’s wife Lola (Emma Lung) puts in place a plan to blackmail Gary into supporting Marou as future head of the family business.
Golf: Australian Ladies Masters 2012: Third Round. Saturday February 4, 2.00pm
ABC TV will broadcast back to back for the first time Australia’s two major golf tournaments for women – the 2012 Australian Ladies Masters (February 4 and 5) and the 2012 Women’s Australian Open (February 9,10,11 and 12).
Accused: Helen’s Story. Saturday February 4, 8.30pm
A series of six unflinching contemporary stories from acclaimed writer Jimmy McGovern that boasts a stellar cast.
McGovern, who is currently working with ABC TV on a major new series Redfern Now is also the creator of the award-winning series Cracker and The Street.
In Accused, each story is about an ordinary person who ends up in the court dock. But should these men and women be there? Are they innocent or guilty or somewhere in-between? As each hour-long episode unravels we see how these people became the accused and finally whether they walk free or go down…
In this story, teacher Helen Ryland (Juliet Stevenson) is distraught to discover her only son has been killed during his first day of work at a local factory. While her husband Frank (Peter Capaldi) is consumed by grief, she sets out to discover how the accident happened. However, when questioning of a witness and the facility’s owner proves fruitless, and the process of getting someone to accept responsibility drags on, she resorts to desperate measures.