Miriam Margolyes: Australia unmasked
Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., ABC
It may be an ideal that we set up as a fundamental value for our country, but does fair go really exist? It’s a question that acting legend Miriam Margolyes takes to the road to try to answer in the sequel to her series, Almost Aussie. This time around, she begins in Tasmania, where she is shocked to discover the island’s dark history, from the harsh conditions imposed on convicts to the terrible treatment of local Palawa. Today, a fifth of the population also lives in poverty, while a significant percentage of people there are functionally illiterate. A totally revealing and confronting look at the number of people who may not really have the chance to seize the opportunities that we say are accessible to all.
Wednesday, 9:10 p.m., ABC
After packing her bags and traveling to London to pursue her dream of becoming a pastry chef (and escaping her dysfunctional family), Diana (Natalie Abbott) is back home for her mother Denise’s (Susan Prior) wedding. . While she expects to meet a generally unstable enemy in the person of her uncle Easton (Erik Thomson), he seems rather relaxed and has made it his mission to improve himself. But when an argument between the two men lands them in trouble with the law, her journey seems set to take a little longer. One of the best Aussie comedies in years, don’t miss this one.
Shaun Micallef’s Eisteddfod Brain
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Ten/WIN
Comedian Shaun Micallef puts teenagers on the spot in this new quiz show, where he’s on a mission to unearth Australia’s smartest school. With a range of background knowledge demanded of them, 11th graders are ready to prove their intelligence, but those of us watching at home are likely to question our own intelligence at times. And also today, after recently announcing he will be retiring after 15 seasons, Micallef will kick off his final season of Mad as Hell, airing at 8:40 p.m. on ABC.
Friday, Streaming on Netflix
When I first heard about this show in 2019, it sure made me think that almost anything could be turned into a reality show. But after listening for the first time, I was hooked. The concept is quite simple – 10 glass artists all compete in a series of challenges that put them in the crosshairs (literally) as they produce breathtaking pieces. However, one wrong move could see their creations explode or shatter into pieces, and you’ll likely be on the edge of your seat as it all unfolds. The third season is set to drop this week, and you can bet I’ll be eagerly watching.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Live Gala
Thursday, 8 p.m., ABC
After two years of renovations, the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall is now ready to reopen. To mark the occasion, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will present a gala performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony this week, under the direction of its new conductor, Australian-born and internationally renowned Simone Young. The event will hit our screens the same evening and will also feature a new work by First Nations composer William Barton with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Sydney Children’s Choir. The concert will also air on ABC Classic and the ABC listen app.