- Happy Endings *
TODAY, 10.30PM, SEVEN/GWN7
It's certainly true that the characters in this sassy series sometimes appear to be speaking an entirely different language than that which passes for normal English. But once you've decoded, and attuned your ear, there are laughs to be had. The single-camera series started life as a kind of post-millennium thirtysomething, which promised to examine the effect on a group of friends when one couple decide not to go ahead with their wedding. It seems to have transformed itself into a more general Friends-style comedy, with slick scripting and contrived overacting. Tonight, according to custom, it's the time of spring showdown. That is, the annual fight between Jane and Brad to welcome the spring - a bit like groundhog day, but with no animals.
- Offspring *
TODAY, 8.30PM, TEN
Even devoted fans of Offspring are still talking about last week's episode. The drunk episode. Yep, it was a cracker. And no, there is no point in bringing up the fact that excessive drinking is not a good idea. We know that, but this was not real - it was a story, OK? And it showed just why this series is so good - it has a woman in the leading role who is, quite simply, an amazing actress. Asher Keddie is backed up by terrific supporting actors, playing mainly members of her dysfunctional family. But make no mistake - without her, there is no Offspring. Tonight, having enjoyed a bacon sandwich with the man of the night before, she's back trying to cope with her family - there's a wedding (or maybe not), there's fertility (or probably not) and there's a mother and father on totally different planets. Let's hope Keddie's Nina doesn't tell them all to get lost because we'd be deprived of great dramatic joy.
- Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve *
TODAY, 8.30PM, SBS1
You might be inclined to think two things about this series: the first is that the Simon Reeve of the title is the local lad of the same name, who's made good in television land. It isn't - this Simon is a British journalist and traveller and maker of several world-circling travel documentaries. And you might also think that it might be a collection of pretty, oceanesque vistas, with swaying palms and holiday-makers lying on banana lounges. It isn't that, at least not entirely. Reeve wanders the edges of the Indian Ocean and discovers, amid the beauty, some other less picturesque things, like piracy, war and general danger in such places as Mogadishu - said to be the most dangerous place on the planet. Tonight, he's in Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.