Saturday, December 1
Masters of Money: Friedrich Hayek, BBC World News, 2.10pm
ECONOMICS might be the dismal science, but this terrific little series about three of its biggest names - Keynes, Marx and Hayek - is thoroughly absorbing. Today, BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders looks at Friedrich Hayek, the free-marketeer who argued that government intervention distorted markets and led to tyranny. Opposed to president Franklin Roosevelt's efforts to spend the US out of the Depression, Hayek was marginalised as economies centralised during World War II and its aftermath. But Hayek's 1974 Nobel prize win, and Margaret Thatcher's embrace of his ideas, brought him back to prominence and drew political battle lines that exist today. Flanders gets insights and opinions from across the spectrum. It repeats tomorrow at 9.10am and 9.10pm.
Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction, LifeStyle Food, 4pm
AMERICAN chef Bobby Flay, who played himself as Mrs Ari's new boyfriend in Entourage (my viewing companion is like Rain Man with this stuff), is here to fire us up for the summer barbie. Today he's going Greek, which involves gyros made from a spit-roasted leg of lamb, seafood skewers, radish tzatziki and a salad made of grilled fingerling potatoes with green beans and feta. Flay is bland but his food looks scrummy and he shows how to make the marinades and everything from scratch.
Conspiracy 365, FMC, 7pm
The Australian teen conspiracy thriller series reaches its climax as Cal Ormond (Harrison Gilbertson) gets closer to the truth about the Ormond Singularity.
Project Accessory, Arena, 4.15pm
The designers rummage through a curiosity shop looking for things with which to make red carpet-worthy accessories.
The Lost Valentine, Universal, 8.30pm
Romantic telemovie starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Sunday, December 2
The People Speak , History, Sunday, 7.30pm
THIS stirring ''people's history'' of Australia, in which well-known actors read from powerful speeches and writings of the past, is a thing of distinct, but inextricably entwined, moods.
A mood of irreverent celebration is quickly established when writer and presenter Thomas Keneally, having walked on stage to a rousing reception, declares ''This enforced applause is fantastic!'' But from the moment David Wenham begins reading convict Laurence Frayne's account of being flogged on Norfolk Island (''My shoulders were actually in a state of decomposition, the stench of which I could not bear myself''), there's also a sense of outrage and sadness at the injustices of the past 224 years.
This feature-length production covers a lot of territory, from republicanism and anti-Chinese sentiment in the 19th century, to conscription and the struggle for women's equality and indigenous land rights in the 20th, and on to the suffering and hopes of refugees in mandatory detention in the 21st.
Some of the writers are household names; others have all but faded into history. What most of them share is courage, clear thinking, eloquence and vindication. One notable exception is Pauline Hanson, whose ''I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians'' speech is read by Dina Panozzo.
Other actors include Claudia Karvan, Jack Thompson, Rebecca Gibney, Kelton Pell, Rob Carlton and Ryan Kwanten. Music is provided by Tex Perkins, Julia Stone and Christine Anu, each of whom provides a new take on a landmark Australian song. A must-see.
Air Jaws Apocalypse, Discovery, 7.30pm
THIS year's Shark Week kicks off with a stunning if ridiculously titled doco looking at the aerial antics of great white sharks off South Africa's Seal Island. Seal-shaped decoys towed behind a boat succeed in provoking attacks that carry big great whites completely out of the water, but the scientists on board remain puzzled as to why the sharks don't use the same tactic on seals in other parts of the world. Marvellous high-definition photography provides jaw-dropping slow-mo of the sharks exploding out of the water, as well as underwater footage so crystal-clear you can even make out the parasites attached to their eyeballs.
Animal Intervention, Nat Geo Wild, 8.30pm
IT'S always sad watching actor Alison Eastwood (Clint's daughter) and animal expert Donald Schultz try to get people to relinquish or better care for exotic animals. Tonight they're in Ohio, where authorities are cracking down after a private zoo owner had a meltdown and released dozens of lions, tigers, bears and wolves - most of which were shot by police. It's an extreme example of the fact that folks who collect big exotic animals can be as unpredictable as they are, shall we say, eccentric. Which makes it all the tougher for Eastwood and Schultz to reason with them. Tonight's first case is a woman who has seven tigers and a cougar in small, bare cages and a shotgun with which to make a last stand.
Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, LifeStyle Food, 7.30pm
The supermarkets have been flogging mince pies and Christmas hams for weeks, so it's probably not too early to start thinking about Christmas dinner.
Rick Stein's Cornish Christmas, LifeStyle Food, 8.30pm
Still feeling festive? Watch the English chef investigate Cornish Yuletide traditions.
Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic, 8.30pm