MARRY ME, MARRY MY FAMILY
Series return ★★★★
Tuesday 7 January 8.30pm, SBS
Did you know that one-third of all Australian marriages are “mixed” in some way? That’s the starting point here. Like Bride and Prejudice, only not awful, Marry Me is classic SBS: exploring cultural and racial issues in an accessible format. In each episode we meet two couples from very different backgrounds (in this first ep she’s Fijian Indian Hindu, he’s a white boy from rural New South Wales; he’s a Pakistani Muslim, she’s a Filipino Roman Catholic) and follow them as they negotiate their way to a happy ever after. Frequently fascinating.
Friday 10 January 7pm, Seven
Wisely going with an “if it ain’t broke…” approach, Seven took over the coverage of the Big Bash League last summer relatively seamlessly, largely maintaining the fun and energy of the broadcast that had made it such a breakout hit for Ten. Now we’re about halfway through the season and while there aren’t as many international stars as in days of yore, you’re still guaranteed some (ahem) smashing cricket. And tonight should be a cracker, with the Melbourne derby as the Stars take on the Renegades.
When you have a story about corrupt property developers and local councillors you hardly need a supernatural element to make it more disturbing. But Victoria Madden (The Kettering Incident) has returned to Tasmania, and to the creepy stuff, in another atmospheric offering. The landscapes look amazing and the cast includes a lot of talent, including Emma Booth, Aaron Pedersen and Ewan Leslie. Unfortunately the script’s pretty clunky, and never displays much of a sense of when to illuminate and when to leave us guessing.