Free-to-air TV: Friday, March 15
Adam Ford in Who's Been Sleeping In My House. Photo: email@example.com
Who's Been Sleeping in My House?, ABC1, 8pm
The second series of this fascinating social-history program kicks off with an absolute cracker of a story as genial archaeologist Adam Ford delves into the history of an old weatherboard cottage in the foothills of Perth. The house is thought to have been built about the turn of the 20th century for forestry workers, but the juiciest part of the house's history occurred during World War II, when it was used as a guesthouse. During the war, a mysterious guest was suspected of being a spy for Japan, conducting reconnaissance in the area. Official military history records no incidences of spies operating here during the war, but Adam uncovers witness accounts that suggest otherwise. A proper whodunit.
The Project, Channel Ten, 6.30pm
Now in its fourth timeslot change since its debut in 2009, The Project remains something of a baffling concept. It's billed as an ''innovative style of presenting the news of the day'', an alternative to the traditional news and current affairs formats, but even after years on air it feels disjointed. Irreverent takes on broader news stories can certainly work as stand-alone formats, but The Project tries to marry the Have I Got News for You format with serious editorial and hard-news interviews. It's jarring moving from Dave Hughes taking the piss out of the day's wacky stories to Charlie Pickering interviewing police representatives about serious crime. The new timeslot is perhaps an admission that the program wasn't working wonders at 6pm, but its malady is deeper than timeslot issues.
Cowboy Builders, 7Two, 9.30pm
A new series, a new co-presenter as Melinda Messenger is replaced by actor and presenter (and Harry Kewell's wife) Sheree Murphy. Alongside consumer affairs campaigner (OK, the TV journo equivalent thereof) Dominic Littlewood, they travel Britain to track down rogue builders who have left jobs half done (if even that) and families in debt. Tonight, they are in Wales to meet Julia Griffiths, a single mum who lives with her elderly mother and teenage son in a half-finished shell of a renovation, with no central heating or hot water - after having paid their builder £64,000.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC1, 8.30pm
Dr Blake suspects an alleged killer might have been framed.