Chloe Sevigny stars as transsexual killer Mia in Hit & Miss.
Hit & Miss, ABC2, 9.30pm
WHAT a strange and strangely compelling show this is: simultaneously chilling and heart-warming, bleak and suspenseful, totally unpredictable and yet oddly satisfying. Created by Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play, Clocking Off) and shot in northern England, the six-part drama stars Chloe Sevigny as Mia, pre-operative male-to-female transsexual, contract killer and newly installed guardian of four children who have recently lost their mother. In the third episode, Mia grapples with romance, a menacing bully, another murder assignment, a hospital stay and the pressures of parenting traumatised children. Sevigny makes full use of her angular, not-quite-pretty features, Mia's impassive expression and monotone voice suggesting that she's accustomed to taking things in her stride. Abbott's creation is a genuinely weird mix, but it works.
Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail, ABC2, 8.30pm
CALM, curious and bespectacled, Louis Theroux doesn't impose a big personality on his documentaries. Rather, with the aid of astute questions and keen observations, he carefully peels back layers and allows viewers to draw their own conclusions. But even Theroux's customary reserve crumbles slightly in the face of the horrific conditions and endemic brutality he finds at the Miami mega jail. In the first of a two-parter made last year for the BBC, Theroux tours the facility and talks to inmates, pointing out that the jail - unlike a prison - houses thousands of men who have not yet come to trial. The massive complex is overcrowded and decaying, and the codes of behaviour result in hierarchies that essentially amount to the survival of the fittest. It's a brutal, dehumanising, man-made jungle, simmering with what Theroux aptly describes as ''meaningless savagery''. A depressing picture of a hell on earth.
Castle, Channel Seven, 9.30pm
WHEN cocky crime writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) head off for their first weekend getaway together, you can bet it won't be all candlelit dinners and romantic walks on the beach. Before they can even get to a skinny dip in the pool at his sumptuous Hamptons cottage, a bloodied man staggers up from the beach and collapses into the water. So whodunit? His wife? His mistress? The meth addict? Betrayed finance-industry colleagues? The Mafioso next door? In this brisk, formulaic and utterly forgettable episode, aptly titled ''Murder, He Wrote'' in a nod to Jessica Fletcher and her Cabot Cove mysteries, the characters are as substantial as the plastic board-game pieces, the suspense non-existent and the supposed chemistry between Castle and his allegedly hot flame is tepid at best.