Chrissie Swan has more than proven herself as host of Can of Worms this year.
Can of Worms: series finale, Channel Ten, 8.30pm
I'M GLAD Can of Worms was given a second chance (and a third, by being included in next year's schedule). It's a show that continues to evolve and, while not every episode fires, I have to say I'd watch this over Q&A any day, not least because it reliably delivers honest opinions, and usually on subjects I'm actually interested in. Chrissie Swan has also more than proven herself as host this year. She has a wonderfully warm, relaxed screen presence. Importantly, she's also a very effective moderator, gently but persistently bringing her interlocutors back to the point. Like all such shows, the quality varies depending on the guests, and the topics. So while some episodes have been a bit ho-hum, some have been crackers, and some topics have really resonated. What you can count on is all matters will be discussed intelligently, and from a range of perspectives.
What Killed Arafat?, ABC News 24, 9.30pm
BY CALLING this What Killed Arafat? rather than Who Killed Arafat? this comprehensive documentary from Al Jazeera at least pretends it's keeping an open mind. But it's clear from the outset that ''old age'' was never going to be the answer. Instead, armed with Yasser Arafat's complete medical records this investigation attempts to answer why the Palestinian leader was in rude health one day, and dead a month later. The answers lead widow Suha Arafat to ask for a judicial inquiry, and for her husband's body to be exhumed. So if this isn't the most scintillating piece of filmmaking, it's certainly a powerful one. It's also a reminder that the Arab news network is lavishly resourced, and capable of the kind of resource-intensive investigative journalism ABC News 24 can only dream of.
Hit & Miss, ABC2, 9.30pm
SOMETIMES, it's good to know nothing about a show. Certainly when I tuned in to this latest Paul Abbott brainchild last week, I was shocked and delighted in equal measure. First: Chloe Sevigny. I love Chloe Sevigny, both for her warped on-screen presence, and her left-field choice of roles. Then: Chloe Sevigny as a hitman. Cool. And then … Chloe Sevigny as a hitman WHO IS ACTUALLY A MAN. Or at least a man trying to become a woman. Who, if that wasn't enough, becomes guardian to the feral children of her former lover, one of whom is her son. The inchoate yearnings of Mia (Sevigny) feel achingly real, as do the confusion and hostility and equally powerful yearnings of the kids.
The X Factor, Channel Seven, 7.30pm
THEY say big notes win votes and, as this competition hurtles towards its finale, we're certainly getting plenty of those. The other thing that wins votes is ''relatability'' in the contestants, and nothing demonstrates the demographic of The X Factor like the acts who just keep on winning - or losing - regardless of the quality of their performance. (I've really been feeling Guy Sebastian's tetchy bewilderment as his crew are voted off one by one.) Anyhoo, it's a big night tonight as the final four sing-off to decide who goes in to the grand final.
Person of Interest, Channel Nine, 9.30pm
''YOU are being watched,'' Michael Emerson's Mr Finch intones over the opening credits. It's an interesting concept, especially given the baying in some quarters for more security cameras on our own streets. Because as Mr Finch also points out, unless you have a giant steampunk sci-fi computer like he does, all those cameras wont prevent crimes. They'll only help solve them. And only if someone cares. Luckily, he a) cares; b) has a giant steampunk sci-fi computer; and c) a remarkably capable offsider in Mr Reese (Jim Caviezel), who can sneak around shooting people or snapping their necks before said crime can be committed. For better or worse, though, all that still exists only on the small screen in this flawed but always interesting series, in which each episode is always packed with ideas.