Tonight in HD: November 19

Series premiere: Keeping Up With the Joneses (TV One, 7.00) Meet the Joneses: an ordinary family living extraordinary lives on a vast cattle property called Coolibah in the heart of the Top End, in Northern Australia. Said The Age: “Like Apocalypse Now but with cows, this new factual series opens with sensational footage of massed helicopters herding cattle over the plains and rust-red escarpments of the Northern Territory …There’s plenty of incidental action (in this opening episode, catching crocs and harvesting their eggs, fording flooded rivers and mucking about with giant bits of machinery), as well as gorgeous scenery and some tremendous characters to propel the narrative. Big Milton and his wife Cristina anchor the action but as the wet season ends and the real work begins, the station becomes home to a mob of relatives and live-in workers, all as eccentric and true-blue as you could wish … It’s impossible to imagine how this project was pitched and got off the ground but the end result makes terrific telly. Who would have thought Sylvania Waters would one day bring us to this?” ✫✫✫✫

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 4.00, R)  It’s opening night – but can injured dancers Katie and Abigail make it through the performance? ✫✫✫✫

Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.30) ✫✫✫

Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30) Lisa feels she has to prove herself as the lone female trucker. ✫✫✫

Movie: Fight Club (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, R) Two men disgusted with the empty consumer culture of their generation create a club where young men come to relieve their frustrations by beating each other to a pulp. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter star. (1998) ✫✫✫✫✫

SoHo Highlight: The Hour (Sky 10, 8.30) A weekend invite to Hector’s in-laws gives Freddie an opportunity to quiz Adam Le Ray on Ruth, whilst Hector struggles with his growing feelings for Bel. At the office suspicion about Tom Kish is mounting and Isaac’s on the case. The Times dubbed this Hour a “very long one … Our newsroom heroes were trapped in a country-house party, surely the setting for some biting class humour. Not a bit of it. Freddie worried away at his notebook. Bel almost but not quite got off with Hector. Bel and Freddie brushed their teeth comically. The hoorays played hide-and-seek and sardines. Both games were metaphors for Suez (clandestine and fishy) but, back in London, the script’s literalism took over. Kish, the spy, warned Freddie: ‘You don’t know what you’ve got into and now you know too much.’ Oh, dear; oh, dear.” Echoed The Daily Telegraph: “Halfway into the series, The Hour remains a little preachy, a little too pleased with itself, but nevertheless as strangely alluring as all those wasp-waisted 1950s outfits.” By this stage of the series in the UK, it was making headlines for viewership dropping by more than a third. ✭✭✭

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