Pretty Little Liars, Fox8, 7.30pm
LIES within lies within lies. It's impossible to know what's true, but Pretty Little Liars is still surprisingly intriguing. Deceptively intriguing, you might say. The biggest lie to come out tonight is one of omission - Jenna (Home and Away's Tammin Sursok) has had her sight back for some time but has been letting everybody think that she was still blind. And even dodgier things are afoot. Jenna's ex, former cop Garrett (Yani Gellman), is in jail awaiting trial for Alison's murder, but when his mother mysteriously falls into a coma he is allowed out to visit her - and potentially to engage in a bit of surreptitious skulduggery. The Liars sense something suspicious about Garrett's mum's misfortune. Could the mysterious figure in the hoodie outside her house be the villain known only as ''A''? But wait, there's more, including drink-spiking and a chance to steal potentially incriminating photo negatives. It's worth a look if you're in the market for a long-form mystery.
The Lying Game, Fox8, 8.30pm
THE second half of Fox8's mendacity double has a lighter feel, though there's still some shadowy stuff going on. The show revolves around twin sisters Emma and Sutton (both played by Alexandra Chando), who were separated and fostered out at a young age, reunited by chance and have now traded places to allow Emma to pursue a lead about their birth mother. Tonight Emma, posing as Sutton, continues to amaze Sutton's family and friends by being much nicer than Sutton ever was.
Push Girls, Bio,9pm
Reality series following the lives of four American women in wheelchairs.
American Pickers, A&E, 8.30pm
Antiques experts scour old homes and barns for hidden treasures.
Just for Laughs, Comedy, 11pm
Stand-up comedy from the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
FREE TO AIR
Monty Halls' Island Escape, SBS One 7.30pm
IN THIS the second episode, Monty visits the archipelago of St Kilda, 64 kilometres off the coast of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean. It contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As Monty travels around the Hebridean island of North Uist, whether it's driving, running or walking, you can't help but feel the locals are privy to a secret they won't divulge too readily.
Warehouse 13, 7mate, 8.30pm
IN HOLLYWOOD there are literally thousands of writers, actors, editors, cameramen, assistants, directors, gaffers - you get my drift - who produce remarkably intelligent, funny, insightful and life-affirming shows. Warehouse 13 is not one of them. In order to employ so many of the aforementioned folk, Hollywood churns out so many shows of questionable quality it is sometimes difficult to keep up. A large proportion of these are staged within the sci-fi oeuvre. Warehouse 13 is akin to Charmedand Angel with a bit of CSI thrown in.
Alphas, 7mate, 9.30pm
IMMEDIATELY following Warehouse 13 is Alphas, a markedly better show in a similar genre, focusing on a few ''real'' people with extraordinary powers who at least try to use their gifts for humanity. It's a mildly clever take on a well-traversed premise with Hollywood ever-present, for only there will you find ridiculously good-looking people having alfresco supernatural sex.
Ladyboys: Celebrities, ABC2, 9.30pm
AS MANY a tumescent Westerner or cash- and whisky-soaked ''tourist'' can tell you, Thailand's ''ladyboys'' are an indelible part of Thailand's culture. The Thais' Buddhist beliefs of forgiveness and acceptance play a big part in life there. Buddhism states that we are all faces of the one Being no matter the individual facade, and this goes a long way in explaining this seeming incongruity. This in no way denies the struggles the ladyboys will face, or have already - human nature to ostracise is all too real - but if you were to be an outsider, Thailand seems the place to be.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Channel Nine, 8.30pm
THE boys are back in town with revenge on their minds. Poor old Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) got into bed with the untrustworthy Willy Bank (Al Pacino), who has taken all Reuben's money and shut him out of the deal to build the ugliest hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) aren't too happy about this, so they call in a team to make amends. And all is going fine - they have infiltrated not only the hotel but its main suppliers - until they learn from a tech whiz (Eddie Izzard) about the Greco Player Tracker, a computer so sophisticated it can measure the sweat on players' brows and determine how they will bet. Needless to say, it's impossible to hack into or compromise, so that is exactly what Danny wants to do.
For the millions who loved Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve, this is a return to very familiar territory. It fits like a comfy old glove, even if there's a nagging suspicion that gloves aren't in fashion any more.
The considerable charms of Pitt and Clooney are asked to carry a lot of weight, which they effortlessly manage to do. Watching these two guys read aloud a phone directory would be a pleasure.
There's also the usual cornucopia of arcane knowledge that pops up here and there, making us feel we are being slipped privileged information - which we are. But it's only handy if you want to go into the criminal business. The only major problem with this most laconic of entertainment pleasures is that director Steven Soderbergh uses one of the least inspiring cameramen in the business, Peter Andrews.
He is terrified of light and delivers dark and grainy images when a little brightness and style would be appreciated. So why hasn't he been shown the door? Well, Peter Andrews is actually a pseudonym of the director. Pitt and Clooney deserve much better.
The Housemaid (2010), SBS One, 11.10pm
THIS acclaimed South Korean film from Sang-soo Im, about a successful businessman who has an affair with his maid, was selected for the official competition at Cannes in 2010. It is elegant, beautifully acted and often ravishing to look at - and far more disturbing than you might expect.
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