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LATVIA WITH GUY MARTIN
11.55pm, SBS Viceland
The easygoing motorcycle racer takes a break from movie stunt re-enactments to trace his Baltic roots in his own Who Do You Think You Are? style project. It turns out the Lincolnshire lad had a mysterious Latvian grandfather with a potentially dark past. In a requisite vintage car as old as himself, Martin visits significant spots in his family tree, learns much about the Latvian Legion, meets long-lost cousins, and seems genuinely moved by the experience.
There’s plenty of inspiration for potentially life-changing ventures in this week’s cruisy weekend lifestyle program. There’s a story of mates and breweries and vintage yacht restoration from Queensland. There’s a great triumph over adversity in the case of a filmmaker who overcame his fear of flying. A make-up artist lets off steam by scaling cliffs. And a Brisbane artist makes enormous interactive musical installations to delight young and old.
10.30pm, SBS Food
It’s not clear what British comedian Nick Helm is trying to do with his foray into food presentation. He’s not interested enough in the subject matter, or quick enough off the mark, to make it a funny take on the genre. Neither his mildly depressed approach to everything, nor the running narrative about his unseen, pissed-off girlfriend are dark enough for Gervais bleakness. Helm simply gives a disinterested tour of his favourite eateries – Vietnamese, English pub and Italian – in his Islington hood.
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