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Rachel Perkins’ new doco series for SBS, The Australian Wars, is a must-watch

DOCUMENTARY

The Australian Wars

Wednesday, 7.30pm, SBS

“There’s no memorial to the tens of thousands of Australians who lost their lives in the first wars. This is a story of battles fought on countless fronts. A war that more than any other, made Australia what it is today.” So says award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Rachel Perkins in the opening moments of this fascinating three-part doco series, which takes a deep dive into the Frontier Wars between Aboriginal people and Australia’s first white settlers. Perkins meets with elders and historians, seeking to flesh out a story that needs to be confronted head-on. Stunning to look at, detailed and poignant, it’s a must-see.

MUSIC

Take 5 with Zan Rowe

Zan Rowe is taking five for TV, with Guy Pearce.
Camera IconZan Rowe is taking five for TV, with Guy Pearce. Credit: Supplied/ABC

Tuesday, 8pm, ABC

Zan Rowe has been “taking five” for several years now, sitting down to chat with musicians and public figures about five songs that have shaped their lives via her great podcast and radio segment. Now, she’s doing it on screen. Her first guest is actor Guy Pearce and he’s an absolute treat. Zan is a master interviewer — she teases out some truly touching personal stories from the star, who opens up about his life, using songs as an entry point. This is beautiful television — do not miss it.

REALITY

The Kardashians — season two

The Kardashians - Season 2 Official Trailer
Camera IconThe Kardashians – season two. Credit: Disney+/Disney+

Thursday, streaming on Disney Plus

“I just feel like a fish in a fish bowl,” says Khloe Kardashian in the trailer for the new series of The Kardashians. And fair enough — we’re all here to gawp at her life. Up for discussion this season? Kourtney’s extravagant wedding, Kim’s Met Gala appearance, and, presumably, the swirling controversy between Khloe and her on-off “baby daddy,” Tristan Thompson. Embarrassing to admit, but we’re there for it all. Kris Jenner has really played us, huh?

DRAMA

Andor

Diego Luna in Andor.
Camera IconDiego Luna in Andor. Credit: Supplied/Disney

Wednesday, streaming on Disney Plus

From the creators of Rogue One comes this prequel series, all about thief turned Rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and what transpired in the five years leading up to the events of the film. Shrouded in secrecy, we weren’t able to see a preview before print, but early word is it’s beautiful to look at and grand in scope. The series also stars Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgard and Fiona Shaw.

FILM

Jackass Forever

Sean "Poopies" McInerney, Jasper, Danger Ehren, Zach Holmes, Eric Manaka, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Steve-O and Dave England in Jackass Forever from Paramount Pictures and MTV Entertainment Studios.
Camera IconSean “Poopies” McInerney, Jasper, Danger Ehren, Zach Holmes, Eric Manaka, Wee Man, Preston Lacy, Steve-O and Dave England in Jackass Forever from Paramount Pictures and MTV Entertainment Studios. Credit: Sean Cliver/Sean Cliver

Thursday, streaming on Paramount Plus

If puerile humour, dangerous stunts and nauseatingly gross pranks are your wheelhouse, chances are you were all over Jackass on MTV and its first 2002 movie.

It was pretty out there for its time, and now, all these years later, it’s getting a redo. But if you thought 50-year-old Johnny Knoxville and co have matured in their middle age, think again. Still, there’s a surprising poignancy to their antics and as Variety said in their review: “They’re dumbass American lunatic pain freaks, but pain freaks with integrity.” And that pretty much sums it up. Coming to streaming for the first time this week.

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