Jerusalem on a Plate, SBS One, 8.30pm
THERE'S nothing flash about the production values or the styling of this new foodie series. It's a format we've all seen before. What makes it so fascinating is the territory it covers. Yotam Ottolenghi is a Jerusalem-born chef based in London, who returns to Israel to explore the cuisine of his home town, and what an education it is. For someone whose knowledge of ''Jewish food'' begins and ends with chicken soup, it was great to be reminded that Jews are a culture, not a race, with a cuisine that encompasses ''traditional'' dishes from Turkey and Morocco, Poland and Hungary, as well as the Levant. Nor is the Jewish diaspora the only culture in Jerusalem. There are all kinds of intriguing moments here, but none so powerful as when Ottolenghi visits a house in the Palestinian quarter for a home-cooked meal.
Grimm: final, Channel Seven, 9.45pm
IT'S become a little overshadowed by all the big new shows launching in the past few weeks but Grimm has been a lifesaver during the long summer televisual drought and an addictive pleasure in its own right. Sure, the premise is a little weird. A police detective has the power to see the creatures from fairytales who live among us. But the really clever thing about Grimm is that it's taken that idea and created a whole universe that's absolutely believable. It's especially satisfying that as we reach this season one finale, so many of the characters - some of whom seemed very unpromising - have come into their own. This is also really cleverly written, playing with tropes both ancient and modern. So we have the mysterious three gold coins, which grant unimaginable power to their owner, but also bring death and destruction. And on the trail of those coins, a New York private eye straight out of Columbo. Like its progenitors, Buffy and Angel, it has that mix of humour and real thrills and scares. And tonight's season finale has the perfect blend of resolution and anticipation, with a tragedy, a revelation from a mysterious stranger, and some cracking fight scenes.
Set List: Stand Up without a Net, ABC2, 9.05pm
IT'S an interesting and certainly a fraught idea: getting seasoned stand-ups to perform not their own, prepared routine, but spontaneous riffs on topics revealed to them and their audience at the same time. Drew Carey, the master of improv, opens the show in spectacular style. To be fair, while he may not have been able to rehearse a routine, he's had years of practice making stuff up on the spur of the moment. Still, you can almost hear the synapses crackling as he whips out gags on everything from ''Leviticus out-takes'' to ''Benefits of being buried alive'' that had me laughing out loud. Canadian Tony Law is up next and for me, his surreal style wasn't as neat a fit (I reckon he also scored much tougher subjects), but when Irishman Andrew Maxwell is invited to improvise on ''The Queen's party piece'', it's on for young and old. Great fun.
This is Jinsy: final, ABC2, 9.55
EITHER watching too much Jinsy has addled my brain (highly possible) or this is the best episode yet. I still think the more familiar you are with Guernsey (birthplace of the series creators) the more hilarious you'd find this but, stealthily, over the course of the season, I've actually grown rather fond of Jinsy's chief inhabitants (something that never happened for me with, say, The League of Gentlemen) and that affection gives everything that happens tonight a little more oomph. This ep also has a bigger quotient of actual laughs (rather than amusing WT- ? moments).
My Kitchen Rules, Channel Seven, 7.30pm
WE'RE not entirely sure what will transpire but when the publicity material asks, ''Will the gatecrashers finally take their place at the dinner table tonight?'', I'm guessing the answer is yes. Harder to answer is just why this show has become such a phenomenon. It's not that it's terrible. On the contrary, great casting - and even better editing - have created something that certainly sucks you in. MKR continues to destroy all in its ratings path; the next stage of the competition begins.