MasterChef hosts Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan pictured in San Francisco.
MasterChef hosts Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan pictured in San Francisco. Dan Schwartzbaum

What's on the small screen this week

MASTERCHEF goes to America as The Voice prepares to crown a new winner in tonight's prime-time TV ratings battle.

But if scripted drama is more up your alley then the ABC's new mini-series Baracuda, from the producers of The Slap, also premieres tonight.

Later in the week a fresh young face joins the Offspring cast and a new British crime drama premieres on Aunty.

 

Sunday July 10: Barracuda, 8.40pm on ABC1

 

Elias Anton as Danny Kelly in a scene from the TV series Barracuda.
Elias Anton as Danny Kelly in a scene from the TV series Barracuda. Contributed

 

Based on Christos Tsiolkas' novel, Barracuda follows 16-year-old swimmer Danny Kelly (Elias Anton, pictured, in his television debut) after he lands an athletics scholarship to an exclusive boys school.

Under the charge of respected coach Frank Torma (Matt Nable) and thanks to a friendship/rivalry with team mate Martin Taylor, Danny is on track to become Australia's youngest swimming champion - the unstoppable 'Barracuda'.

Why you should watch: The producers behind The Slap return to adapt another Tsiolkas novel for the small screen and so far critics have been raving about this four-part drama about obsession, desire, success and the terrifying risk of failure.

 

Monday July 11: MasterChef Australia, 7.30pm on Channel 10

MasterChef hosts Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston with American chef Dominique Crenn.
MasterChef hosts Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston with American chef Dominique Crenn. Channel 10

The judges welcome the MasterChef Australia contestants to Atelier Crenn, a two-Michelin star restaurant named after chef Dominique Crenn, recently voted the World's Best Female Chef.

The judges reveal that today is a very special challenge: part pressure test and part team challenge. They will be working in two teams of three to replicate not one, but two of Dominique's dishes; her signature dish 'a walk in the forest' and her dessert 'beet'.

Why you should watch: The overseas week is always an entertaining one on MasterChef. The final seven contestants continue their American adventure, which will determine the six cooks for next week's finals.

 

Tuesday July 12: Insight, 8.30pm on SBS

 

Insight host Jenny Brockie.
Insight host Jenny Brockie. SBS

 

What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper or bread tag that's ever come into their home? Insight explores the national problem of hoarding, which affects an estimated 600,000 Australians.

Why you should watch: Insight host Jenny Brockie is a great interviewer and mediator, handling sensitive subjects and heated discussions with an even-handed approach. if you're after in-depth conversations with the sensationalism, then this is your show.

 

Wednesday July 13: Offspring, 8.40pm on Channel 10

Shannon Berry in a scene from the TV series Offspring.
Shannon Berry in a scene from the TV series Offspring. Channel 10

Nina gets to know St Francis' alleged "pantsman" Dr Angus Freeman better, with his behaviour leading her to do something out of character. Jimmy reveals his plans for the taqueria to Zara and her reaction gives him some unintended inspiration, while Geraldine decides to redefine her role in the Proudman family.Billie meets the delinquent daughter of her old friend Stacey and is strangely drawn to her.

Why you should watch: Perth actress Shannon Berry, 16, joins the Offspring cast as feisty teenager Brody Jordan.  Shannon, whom Offspring producer Imogen Banks calls a "treasure", has previously starred in the television series Hunters. In 2012, she played the young, autistic character of Tib in the Stirling Players Youth Theatre production Rabbit, earning her the Adjudicator's Award for Excellence in Acting.

 

Thursday July 14: New Blood, 8.30pm on ABC1

 

Mark Strepan and Ben Tavassoli star in the TV series New Blood.
Mark Strepan and Ben Tavassoli star in the TV series New Blood. Des Willie

 

Two young investigators take on the establishment in this fast-paced drama from multi-award-winning author and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz. Brimming with action, intrigue and wit, it's a fresh take on contemporary crime drama.

Why you should watch: This modern take on procedural drama sees young detectives Stefan and Rash face every-day dramas, like finding a place to rent, as well as bloody crime scenes.  It will also be interesting to see where Horowitz (Foyle's War, Agatha Christie: Poirot, Midsommer Murders) takes his young protagonists.

 

Friday July 15: The Best of the Sydney Comedy Festival, 9pm, Comedy Channel

 

Comedian and TV presenter Lawrence Mooney.
Comedian and TV presenter Lawrence Mooney. Bill Bachman

 

The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney's biggest annual comedy event. Every year, hundreds of the world's funniest comedians take to stages across the Harbour City to entertain.

Why you should watch: Lawrence Mooney hosts this highlights special. Stand-outs from this year's festival included Kitty Flanagan, Matt Okine, America's Brian Posehn, Tony Martin and Jim Jefferies.

 

Saturday July 16: The Six Queens of Henry VIII, 7.35pm on SBS 1

Harriet Green portrays Queen Anne Boleyn in the documentary series The Six Queens of Henry VIII.
Harriet Green portrays Queen Anne Boleyn in the documentary series The Six Queens of Henry VIII. Brendan McGinty

Henry married Anne Boleyn in 1533, after annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in one of the most infamous divorce cases in English history. The second union revealed the contrasting extremes of Henry's character: incurable romantic and unhinged tyrant.

As historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones recount, Anne ultimately proved to be too flirtatious, possessive, ambitious and headstrong to conform to being Queen and her fate was sealed when she failed to provide a male heir.

Why you should watch: History comes alive in this four-part doco from the UK. If you've seen the acclaimed drama series Wolf Hall, then this is the real story of the loves and losses of the Tudor King.


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