Free-to-air TV: Friday, December 21
The team from Better Homes and Gardens.
Better Homes and Gardens, Channel Seven, 7pm
This week on Better Homes and Gardens, the show designed to promote a magazine that has become a show for people who want to do DIY vicariously, Dr Harry is dancing with dogs. Fast Ed, meanwhile, proves he is still the happiest human being ever to enter a kitchen, as he demonstrates how to cook budget-cut oyster blade steak like a MasterChef contestant eliminated in round one. Also, Graham proves it's not just the kids who can create presents people will pretend to want, with a wheat grass table runner.
Louis Theroux: America's Most Dangerous Pets, ABC2, 8.30pm
Despite the montage of big cats, primates and other wild animals kept in surreal domestic situations that opens tonight's trademark Theroux investigative journalism effort, it's surprising how much the first instinct in watching is to think Theroux must have made for a very timid child and is possibly a bit of a wet blanket as a parent. Theroux's first thought is to ponder why anyone would want a tiger. Surely everyone at some stage has wished for a big cat, snake or pachyderm at least for a little while? Yet as Theroux takes his trademark disdain for a walk around the world of some of the US's most eccentric animal lovers, his cynicism feels like the odd one out, as though he is pouring water over dreams. Sure, the class for crazy women with monkeys is a whole new world of scary, but for the most part this is a sequence of encounters in which we learn that many animals instinctively don't like Theroux - and it's often hard not to agree.
Who Do You Think You Are? Channel Nine, 10am
It's hard to comprehend the journey of an African American into his slavery heritage, yet that is only half the adventure Emmitt Smith, a multiple Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboy (who also won Dancing with the Stars) goes on in this extraordinary episode. That an African American in the present day is forced to turn to the ''colored'' set of county records over the ''white'' set is nothing short of startling, so it is downright boggling to see him discover his ancestors listed as inventory in another person's will, with a dollar value for all five given at $2000. Smith also discovers that his ancestors were not only slaves but slave owners. There is something tremendous about such a successful man facing the reality of such severe segregation only a few generations back, and choosing to focus on the strength of enslaved family members over the actions of the biologically related individuals who traded in humanity. Emmitt Smith is quite clearly a strong man, but it is his strength in the face of a harsh reality that makes this compelling viewing.
Cowboy Builders, 7Two, 10pm
How can you not love a show that helps those who ''paid for a builder and got a cowboy'', dedicated to hunting cowboy builders, those of the ''shoddy work, shocking principles and rotten tradesmen'' variety? Tonight hosts Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger come to the rescue of a Leeds couple. We have crime, punishment, retribution and restoration, plus DIY renovation porn as Messenger badgers every tradesman and retailer in Britain for a helping hand.