AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Saturday 25 January 7.30pm, ABC
However you feel about the jingoism – and political complexity – of Australia Day, you can’t deny the quality of the people who end up on this particular honours list. From the complete unknowns toiling away in the background – often in academia or community – to the better known figures who have truly made an impact in the last year (or over the course of their lives) these are all human beings who deserve celebration.
HUGHESY, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Series return ★★★½
Monday 20 January 9pm, Ten
This likeable series returns with a few little tweaks (like a “mystery celeb”) but basically sticking with the formula that has worked so well for it. That is, Hughesy inviting his mates along to see who can make whom laugh the hardest. Tommy Little, who features in this episode, is great value because everyone makes him laugh (and he’s 100 per cent up for being mocked and ridiculed). But there’s also fun in seeing who can make Arj Barker crack.
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Monday 20 January 7.30pm, BBC First
Things continue to evolve in the Midwife universe. Nurse Jenny is long gone, of course. It’s 1965 and which Beatle is hotter is now a topic of conversation. Pregnant women go to work. Medicine continues to advance. But the important things stay the same. Sister Monica Joan is still delightfully dotty. The ladies of Nonnatus House – religious and secular – are as good-hearted as ever. And, of course (despite the arrival of The Pill in season seven) there’s a never-ending supply of babies.