November 11-13: Parallel universes and Byron hippies

TV critic Andrew Mercado’s rundown on what to watch on the box this weekend

Son Of Kong

Friday

Nowhere Boys 6pm on ABC ME

After two series and a big screen movie, it’s time for the next generation at Bremin High school as a whole new teenage cast gets ready to enter the parallel universe. This Aussie show has already won a swag of awards (including Logies, AACTA and International Emmy Kids Awards) so it’s no wonder ABC is looking to keep this successful franchise going.

Murder She Baked: A Peach Cobble Mystery 8.30pm on 13th Street

Alison Sweeney, who once played Sami on Days Of Our Lives while hosting the US version of The Biggest Loser, now stars in this American/Canadian telemovie franchise about a pastry baker who investigates crime.

Fix Her Up 9.30pm on Aurora

Foxtel thinks so little of its community TV channel that it doesn’t even includes listings in its magazine. But surely it’s worth mentioning an independent Australian sitcom even if it was made for Channel 31. This workplace comedy follows a naïve country girl, a sexed-up wog, a Byron Bay hippie and their ball-breaking boss – with just one bloke in the show, the handyman.

Sunday

The Hollow Crown 8.30pm on SBS

Despite a whole new series of these BBC adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays being completed this year, SBS is going back to the first series from 2012. They start with Richard II starring Ben Whishaw (James Bond’s Q), Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart and Poirot’s David Suchet, to name just a few.

Thunderbirds Are Go 5.30pm on GO!

It’s the second series of the British/New Zealand co-production with guest star Dr Who’s Jenna Coleman. And don’t miss Adam Hills when he pops up in episode three.

The ARIAs: 30 Years of Music 6.30pm on Fox 8

First of a two-part series about the history of Australia’s music awards, ahead of this year’s event coming to Ten this month. It’s hosted by Osher Günsberg and Kylie Minogue.

MARS 7.30pm on National Geographic

Ron Howard is behind this new six-part series about the first manned voyage to Mars in 2033. They are calling it “science fact” instead of science fiction because it is heavily based on real research from scientists and NASA. It stars one-time Kylie Minogue boyfriend Olivier Martinez.

The Son Of Kong 1.30am on 7flix

This ridiculous 1933 sequel to the original King Kong movie screens for the third time on this shoddy channel within just a few weeks. And by the way, the movie is actually titled Son of Kong.

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