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Elsa Pataky and Marco Pigossi in Tidelands (2018) IMDb

Tidelands struggles to stay afloat in its first series

Tidelands, is a speculative story about half-human/half-siren beings who live in the coastal Queensland town of Orphelin Bay. Unfortunately, it is not always a success.
Nicole Kidman as Julie in Top of the Lake: China Girl: a control freak brought to her knees. See-Saw Films for BBC First and Foxtel

Top of the Lake: China Girl is defiant, adventurous TV

Jane Campion's second series of Top of the Lake, which premiered in Melbourne at the weekend, is an ominous, lyrical, genre-bending exploration of the sex trade.
Gus Worland investigates the causes of male suicide: but should a celebrity tell experts how to suck eggs? ABC

Man Up: inspired genius or half-baked celebrity expertise?

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 45. The ABC TV series Man Up explores whether a reluctance to express feelings is part of the problem - yet the show seems to teeter between celebrating male culture and asking it to change.
This season, it’s all about the jacket for Watson. BBC

BBC’s modern Sherlock owes his success to pure Victoriana

The third season of the BBC’s Sherlock opens with a bang and gives us Derren Brown, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in an action hero window smash, followed by an insouciant hair tousle and a Hollywood…
Can S.H.I.E.L.D juggle the expectations of fans and network execs? Disney | ABC Television Group

Superheroes, superviewers and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

We are now about half way through the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the much-hyped TV spin off from the enormously successful 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers. The honeymoon is…
Can science save floundering relationships? Participants in ABC TV’s Making Couples, airing tonight, find out. ABC TV

ABC TV’s Making Couples Happy tries to do it with science

Can a floundering relationship be saved in eight weeks using “science”? Premiering tonight, the new ABC series Making Couples Happy sets out to answer this very question. The show follows four “ordinary…

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