Penelope Mitchell is one of six actors hoping to make it in <i>Next Stop Hollywood</i>.

Penelope Mitchell is one of six actors hoping to make it in Next Stop Hollywood.

Next Stop Hollywood, ABC1, 9.30pm

IT'S week two for the six Australian actors trying to catch a break on the daunting obstacle course that is Hollywood's entertainment industry. They've arrived hoping to secure work during the TV pilot season, and this engaging documentary series tracks them as they try to negotiate the formidable hierarchy of managers and agents, as well as the meetings, auditions and callbacks. There's a whiff of opportunity, coupled with the disheartening reality of doors refusing to open or slamming shut. Penelope is trying to work out which agency might best represent her; Craig is working his few contacts and nervously interviewing stars on the red carpet as they make their way into an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts function. HaiHa is fretting that her manager is still nowhere to be seen, while Alycia gets encouraging news. Luke is determinedly training at the gym, endeavouring not to party too hard and making a play for the waitress serving him nachos at Barneys. Meanwhile, Michael is taking meetings that seem promising, although, in his case, as with the others, the cameras are prohibited from filming those close encounters. They're all anxious but trying hard to be philosophical and this thoughtful account of their trials is aided by the series' clever casting: these hopefuls represent a rich range of personalities and types, and each appears to have something worthwhile to offer. The approach taken by director Gary Doust is to reveal their struggles without being too intrusive, though the series does provide a keen sense of the brutally competitive meat market that is Hollywood.

Coppers, SBS One, 9.30pm

MADE in 2010 for Britain's Channel 4, this five-part series promises to show ''coppers as you've never seen them before'', and, to some extent, it succeeds. It's an unvarnished study, featuring candid interviews with police and impressions of them at work that include nose-picking, scoffing fast food and telling dirty jokes. But it also presents a portrait of people dedicated to their jobs, sometimes frustrated by them, and quietly efficient in conducting their duties. The second episode, ''I Love Nicking People'', focuses on Team Three of Cambridge's road-traffic unit and follows a handful of officers as they apprehend disqualified drivers, attend accident scenes and morgues, and discuss the emotional toll that their work can take.