Mediaweek TV Guide – Friday 22 April 2016

Your daily guide to the best of what’s on TV tonight.

Reviewed by Andrew Mercado

Gallipoli – 9.30pm on Ten
It’s not Anzac Day till Monday but no network is going to risk another ratings disaster on an important night of the week after all struck out last year with Gallipoli themed programming. So instead the Anzac movies mostly screen tonight, with Seven also doing a double feature of The Water Diviner (directed by Russell Crowe) and Beneath Hill 60 (directed from Jeremy Sims) from 8.30pm. But nothing can better this 1981 classic directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee.

Neighbours – 6.30pm on Eleven
Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue) might never come back to Ramsay Street from Queensland but their teenage kids have now both headed south. We’ve already had son Daniel Robinson (Tim Phillipps) but he’s on the way out, to be replaced by his sexier sister Madison. She will be played by “YouTube sensation” Sarah Ellen who is moving into acting with an audience of 3 million followers who started following her after a first video showed her wiggling her eyebrows. Her entrance tonight will be reminiscent of the very first moment Charlene arrived in the show and if it works, expect more “social media identities” to follow.

Mad Dogs – streaming on Stan
After four seasons in the UK, a “partial remake” was done for Amazon TV in the US from the show’s original show runner. It now stars Titanic’s Billy Zane, The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli and UK actor Ben Chaplin who (briefly) starred in the original. It’s about four blokes who go on a holiday that goes horribly wrong and although the critics liked this version, Amazon have chosen not to renew it for a second season. There are 10 episodes all up.

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