Georgia Love in a scene from the TV series The Bachelorette.
Georgia Love in a scene from the TV series The Bachelorette. Channel 10

What's on the small screen this week

BACHELOR fans might still be recovering from Richie's shock decision but they can look forward to a new season of the dating show's sister series The Bachelorette starting this week.

Mrs Brown's Boys returns to Channel 7 while the ABC airs two new documentaries focusing on politics and Australian culture.

Here are some of this week's highlights of the small screen and why you should see them:

 

Sunday September 18: Howard on Menzies - Building Modern Australia, ABC1, 7.40pm

John Howard and Bob Hawke in a scene from the TV series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia.
John Howard and Bob Hawke in a scene from the TV series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia. Mark Rogers

 

FORMER Prime Minister John Howard is adamant that Bob Menzies had a very positive impact on modern Australia. He invites former PM Bob Hawke, author Clive James and many others to challenge his opinion and in the process reveals an enormous amount about how the game of politics is played.

Why you should watch: This insightful two-part series examines the legacy of Menzies and the factors that have helped to shape modern Australia as we know it today. In his latest political doco for the ABC, Howard embraces various opinions to present a well-rounded view of Australia's longest serving PM.

 

Monday September 19: Mrs Brown's Boys, Seven, 8.45pm

Brendan O'Carroll in a scene from the TV series Mrs Brown's Boys.
Brendan O'Carroll in a scene from the TV series Mrs Brown's Boys. Contributed

AGNES (Brendan O'Carroll) is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. But with Mark (Pat Shields) and Betty (Amanda Woods) rowing over the reappearance of his first love Bubbles, carol singers haunting Agnes's every waking hour and Buster (Danny O'Carroll) installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual feature, how will Agnes survive?

Why you should watch: It's hard to get tired of Mrs Brown's cheeky sense of humour and this first of two specials offers some much-needed comedic relief from all of the reality TV 'drama' dominating our screens at the moment.

 

Tuesday September 20: Recognition - Yes or No?, ABC1, 8.30pm

Linda Burney and Andrew Bolt in a scene from the TV special Recognition: Yes or No.
Linda Burney and Andrew Bolt in a scene from the TV special Recognition: Yes or No. Mark Rogers

 

INDIGENOUS politician Linda Burney and commentator Andrew Bolt are deeply divided on recognising the unique nature of Aboriginal Australians in the Constitution.

They embark on a journey that takes in the Top End, Far North Queensland, most of Australia's capital cities and New Zealand to sound out opinions and try to change each other's views.

Why you should watch: This thought-provoking special is designed to kick-start a debate and inspire every view to question their stance on changing the Australian Constitution?

 

Wednesday September 21: The Bachelorette, Ten, 7.30pm

The 16 bachelors who will feature in season two of The Bachelorette.
The 16 bachelors who will feature in season two of The Bachelorette. Channel 10

After years of focusing on her career as a journalist, Georgia is now ready to put love on top as she steps into a romantic world of extravagant dates and glittering cocktail parties.

Eager to catch Georgia's eye are 16 of Australia's most outstanding and intriguing Bachelors. From tradies to CEOs, each Bachelor has put their busy lives on hold in the hope that this year's Bachelorette is the one for them.

Why you should watch: Any Bachelor/Bachelorette fan knows the arrivals in episode one are the best viewing. There are always quirky and awkward introductions, strange happenings at the cocktail parties and a few genuine sparks of chemistry.

 

Thursday September 22: Sugar Crash, SBS 1, 7.30pm

Added sugar is a big dietary problem in Ireland.
Added sugar is a big dietary problem in Ireland. Lee Constable

 

ADDED sugar is the West's number one dietary enemy. A dangerous molecule, sugar is responsible for at least four diseases. Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of sugar in the world, but very few know how much sugar they're actually consuming: a whopping 24 teaspoons a day, compared to the less-than-six teaspoon WHO recommendation.

Dr Eva Orsmond investigates Ireland's sugar over-consumption and the shocking cost of a sugar habit: hospital admissions, long-term illness and premature death.

Why you should watch: This documentary, which reveals plenty of shocking truths about the sugar in Westerns diets, is just as relevant for us here in Australia as it is for the Irish.

 

Friday September 23: Better Homes and Gardens, Seven, 7pm

Jason Hodges, a presenter of Better Homes and Gardens at Coffs Harbour bunnings store as all week end. 07 AUG 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Jason Hodges, a presenter of Better Homes and Gardens at Coffs Harbour bunnings store as all week end. 07 AUG 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

 

JOH and Pete visit an inner-city Melbourne home at the cutting edge of sustainable design. Graham and Adam help a loyal fan restore her orchid collection and veggie patch.

Why you should watch: Better Homes is a Friday night staple in many Aussie homes, providing inspiration for weekend projects and family fun in the kitchen.

 

Saturday September 24: Brian Wilson & Friends, Foxtel Arts, 7.30pm

Brian Wilson in a scene from the TV special Brian Wilson & Friends.
Brian Wilson in a scene from the TV special Brian Wilson & Friends. Contributed

 

BRIAN Wilson performs classic hits and music from his album No Pier Pressure during a concert at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas. Joining him on stage are special guests Blondie Chaplin, Zooey Deschanel, M Ward, Ricky Fataar, Mark Isham and Al Jardine.

Why you should watch: Saturday night is the perfect time to kick back with a beverage and enjoy a concert on the telly from the comfort of your lounge room.


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