Weekend pay TV: February 16
Baggage Battles, A&E, 9pm
STORAGE-auction shows, like pawn-shop shows, are the new cake shows. And it's easy to see why. It's interesting waiting to see what kind of trash and treasure emerges when someone gambles a wad of cash on the contents of an abandoned locker. That's assuming, of course, that what you're watching is real and not scripted pseudo-reality dross such as Storage Hunters. Anyway, Baggage Battles follows thrift-shop owner Mark, antiques-shop owner Billy and husband-and-wife team Laurence and Sally as they travel to airports around the US to bid on lost luggage. Tonight, however, they're at a police auction in Los Angeles, and the junk going under the hammer looks distinctly unpromising. Billy becomes interested in a samurai-style sword signed by David Carradine, while Mark gambles on there being some real gold in a bag of jewellery.
Selling Houses Australia, LifeStyle, 1pm
A TYPICALLY fine episode as Andrew Winter and friends ride to the rescue of another desperate vendor. Today it's Rhonda, who owns a lovely little cottage on a big block just five minutes' walk from Wollongong's central business district. It's the kind of place that would sell itself, you'd think. Unfortunately, there's an ugly new block of flats right up against the fence line, peering right into Rhonda's house and garden. It looks as though her only option is to spend several thousand dollars on tall bamboo trees to screen them out. As always, Winter, Charlie Albone and Shaynna Blaze have plenty of advice and ideas of practical value to the home viewer.
Styled to Rock, Style, 9.30pm
Project Runway-style show in which pop star Rihanna gets fashion designers to make outfits for musicians.
Murdoch Mysteries, 13th Street, 7.30pm
Agreeably genteel police procedural set in 19th-century Canada.
Tough Nuts: Australia's Hardest Criminals, CI, 6.30pm
Episode looking at notorious hitman Christopher Dale Flannery.
Great Lake Warriors, A&E, 5.30pm
IT'S like a landlocked Deadliest Catch as tugboat captains and crews chug back and forth across the treacherous Great Lakes of North America, risking their lives towing ungainly barges. The danger might not be immediately obvious, but it's certainly there - the haunting opening sequences show some of the 6000 wrecks that litter the floors of the lakes, having taken about 30,000 men to their doom. In fact, the tug helmed by the endearingly gruff skipper Ted Long has already been to the bottom once when a barge it was towing overtook it, turning it around and forcing the stern beneath the waves. Tonight Ted and his small crew have a particularly dangerous job, towing a barge loaded with six 18-metre-tall oil-refinery tanks, and Ted soon finds himself trying to outrun a storm with an overheating engine. Elsewhere, another crew has another tricky job breaking up ice that's keeping a big freighter from docking. Great Lake Warriors is a worthy addition to the blue-collar reality genre.
Off Their Rockers, Comedy, 7.30pm
AUSTRALIAN oldies pull pranks on unsuspecting youngsters. The idea has potential but tonight's pranks aren't terribly funny. Too many of them rely on the actors pretending to be senile or overly lascivious. Another is that the oldies don't actually interact with the youngsters that much - most of the pranks involve nothing more than the youngsters observing or overhearing something. Most of the oldies' talent goes to waste.
NZ V8 SuperTourers 2013, Speed, 8pm
The opening round of the Kiwi equivalent of the V8 Supercars. The Falcons and Commodores will be fanging it around the Hampton Downs track near Hamilton.
Hoarding: Buried Alive, Bio, 6.30pm
Compelling hoarding horror.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, TLC, 3.30pm
The New York chef heads to Haiti.