Cringe factor: It's a Date.
It's a Date, ABC1, 9pm
Bad dates, the etiquette of dates, the issue of sex on the first date, the question of how honest you should be on a date … this eight-part series from comic mastermind Peter Helliar (creator and lead writer) covers the depth and breadth of dating awkwardness - and it's every bit as uncomfortable as the dates themselves. In the first of two stories in this opening episode, When Should You Abandon a Date?, things go awry for Em (Lisa McCune) and Greg (Helliar) when her sexual forwardness is not matched by his receptiveness. In the second, Patrick's (Dave Lawson) attempts to engineer a proposal to girlfriend Jasmine (Poh Ling Yeow) at a minigolf course go wrong when he runs over a neighbour's rabbit. The set-ups are creative, the acting is excellent (even amateur thespian Poh does a good job), the plot twists are unexpected and the stories are hilarious - if you're a fan of excruciating, ear-bleeding cringe comedy. Cringiness aside, McCune deserves huge props for her performance, which is by turns sultry, adventurous and wounded. Superb stuff. Look forward to more big names in coming episodes.
Free Radio, SBS 2, 8.40pm
Lance Krall plays accidental radio DJ Lance, star of K-BOM FM's inexplicably popular Moron in the Morning show. Lance comes across as a kind of gormless, truth-speaking savant - think Ricky Gervais' radio offsider Karl Pilkington, more recently of An Idiot Abroad fame. There's no script, the show is improvised, the shtick being that celebrities enter Lance's studio not knowing what kind of irreverent, embarrassing interview to expect. Lance is no Pilkington, though - the persona is manufactured and falls flat.
Grimm, Seven, 10pm
This Teutonic bestiary-cum-modern-crime-drama series lost its appeal when it became obvious the formula doesn't change from episode to episode. Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm, a beast hunter who defends the world from supernatural creatures styled from the fairy tales and mythologies of Europe's northern forests. He detects a crime, identifies some new breed of evil beast behind it - blutbaden, eisbiber, hexenbiest, fuchsbau and the like - and sorts it all out, usually with the help of some weird antique weapon.