THE TWELVE ★★★★
New series, Tuesday 29 January 11pm, SBS
Terrific new Belgian courtroom drama which is certainly about the trial of Fri Palmers for two headline-making murders – her best friend and her infant daughter – but also about the secrets of the 12 members of the jury. And the police and lawyers. And the families of the accused and the victims. In other words, Broadchurch in a bottle – complete with terrific performances and with the added bonus of its insight into a very different judicial system.
INSIGHT: DEADLY FUTURE ★★★★
Wednesday 29 January 8.30pm, NITV
In this wonderful Insight special, hosted by Rachael Hocking and first screening on the main channel for NAIDOC week last year, six incredible, articulate Indigenous high achievers – all under 30 – talk about their journeys. The panel is bookended by Baker Boy and Brooke Boney but the unknowns are even more impressive: a (female) astrophysicist, a business banker, an AFLW player, and a critical care doctor. These achievements would be remarkable for anyone. When you hear the stories of where these people came from, they become awe-inspiring.
THE OUTSIDER ★★★
Monday 27 January 1pm, 8.30pm Showcase and On Demand
Despite all the talent both in front of and behind the camera (story by Stephen King, script by The Wire’s Richard Price, Ben Mendelsohn in the lead role) The Outsider ends up being a case of too much of a good thing. Price’s brutal sensibility, the creepy story and Mendelsohn’s even creepier performance make this piece of Georgia Gothic pretty darned gloomy. Of course, if you enjoy gloomy TV (perhaps found True Detective a bit frivolous?) then this is the show for you.