Heating up: <i>Elementary</i>.

Heating up: Elementary.

FREE TO AIR

Secret Life of Breasts, SBS One, 8.30pm

ABC2 is awash with documentaries whose arresting titles are designed to pique our tabloid curiosities (I'm Having Their Baby) and prurience (I Can Have Sex). This locally commissioned documentary, ''revealing breasts in a way that we haven't seen them before'', makes a similar pitch. The science it promises isn't exactly new - the qualities of breast milk and the risks to babies of environmental pollution, the BRCA ''cancer gene'' and the agonising decision women carrying it have to make, and a trivialising segment about surgery to remove awkward ''man boobs'' - coupled with the pedestrian, magazine-style format - make it feel like it's cobbled from a number of different sources.

PAUL KALINA

Ice Age Giants, ABC1, 7.30pm

In the final of this three-part series examining the planet's megafauna and what became of them after the Ice Age, Professor Alice Roberts tries to decide whether humans caused the extinction of mega-mammals such as the mastodon, the woolly rhinoceros and the sabre-toothed tiger (all well-rendered here in CGI scenes that aren't too overplayed), or whether climate change - which palaeoclimatologists argue has existed for thousands of years, despite it often being thought of as a modern phenomenon - played a part. Both theories are the subject of scientific debate, and Roberts journeys to parts of North America and Siberia and meets a tusk expert who can ''read'' mastodon and mammoth tusks to determine their life spans, how many calves they had and even their diet, in a bid to see which theory is the most likely.

Elementary, Ten, 8.30pm

Jonny Lee Miller remains the best part of Elementary (that and the production quality), despite the lack of chemistry with his female Watson, Lucy Liu. Once you get past the fact that in this reimagining of Conan Doyle's classic, Moriarty is a woman (if you've hung in this long, you're obviously OK with it), and a love interest for Holmes, the episodes featuring the pair are among the series' best. Tonight, Moriarty (Natalie Dormer) is brought out of her high-tech prison to ''consult'' on a kidnapping case, which may not be all it seems. And Holmes, who's developed into a more emotionally rounded character this season, is forced to have some feelings.

KYLIE NORTHOVER 


PAY TV

Recipes that Rock, Nat Geo People, 11.30am

Australian chef Matt Stone and Blur's Alex James are in Western Australia, cooking things. The series gets off to a troubling start, though, when they make a crayfish salad. It's not clear whether Stone kills the crayfish in a humane manner. If it was humane, it would have been better for him to explain exactly how he did it. If it wasn't humane, it would have been better if he hadn't done it at all. Either way, it casts a pall over things. Later, an indigenous guide shows them how to gather abalone and fry them with spices, and a butcher barbecues some free-range pork.

RuPaul's Drag Race, LifeStyle You, 6.35pm

Five seasons in, RuPaul's drag race remains as much fun as ever as drag queens from across the US and beyond compete for a serious cash prize. RuPaul's double entendres never get old, and while there's a general air of levity, there's also the occasional poignant insight into a contestant's back story. And, boy, does RuPaul cram a lot into an episode. Tonight the final eight have to put on their make-up in the dark while RuPaul observes (and ogles) through night-vision glasses. Then they have to write and record a We Are the World-style charity anthem, make some outfits and choreograph dance routines. There are some flashes of brilliance and some awkward stumbles, but it's all pretty fab.

BRAD NEWSOME 


MOVIES

The Simpsons Movie (2007) Eleven, 8.30pm

The plot to the movie spinoff of television's true first family feels like it could have been condensed into a standard episode: after Homer breaks a ban on dumping garbage in Lake Springfield by ditching a silo of pig manure into the water, the EPA seals off Springfield under a giant dome. When the townsfolk learn that Homer has engineered their doom, the family has to flee the dome, only for the bumbling patriarch to realise that he must come back to save both the city and his marriage. One of the most curious choices the 11 credited writers made was to focus so tightly on Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa. The vast supporting cast barely averages a line or two, even when they're as rich a source of pleasure as misanthropic billionaire Montgomery Burns.

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Fox Classics (pay TV), noon

In the 1970s, Al Pacino's sparkplug frame and sense of unease struck the perfect tone. Pacino was the leading man who'd stumbled in from the chorus and he excelled at playing characters who defined themselves against the dominant social order of their often insular worlds. In Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon he's Sonny Wortzik, a fledgling bank robber who tries to rob a Brooklyn branch on a warm 1972 day and instead sets off a siege that turns into a block party. At the time, with Lumet's calm, declarative style, the movie was a tough condensation of real life events, but with the passing of time it's become both funnier and tragic. "Did you have a plan?" demands the pushy head teller when Sonny and his remaining accomplice, Sal (the late, great John Cazale), find themselves trapped, and if they did it was purely shambolic. Sonny is a talker - his mutterings set the picture's tempo - and if he can't get away clean he can at least exult in finally having an audience, negotiating in public and egging on the watching crowd.

CRAIG MATHIESON