TV shows you don't want to miss this week

Outlander is available on Lightbox. Photo / Jason Bell  / Sony Pictures
Outlander is available on Lightbox. Photo / Jason Bell / Sony Pictures

American Idol

Just in case you still care about such things, this week sees the final ever (ever!) episodes of American Idol (tonight at 9.45pm, and tomorrow at 9pm on Prime).

Not only will they be crowning a new winner from the final three (Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, and La'Porsha Renae) but all 15 past winners will reassemble, along with some other contestants. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood will perform.

Married at First

Married at first sight series.
Married at first sight series.

TV3 is bringing us the second season of Australian reality TV experiment Married at First Sight (8.30pm, tonight), in which relationship psychologist John Aiken, psychologist and dating expert Mel Schilling, and neuropsychotherapist Trisha Stratford bring eight keen people together as four couples, who meet for the first time at the altar. Is it more exploitative than The Bachelor? We'll let you decide.

The Tunnel

Commander Elise Wassermann of the French Police (Clemence Poesy) and wry DCI Karl Roebuck from the UK (Stephen Dillane) are back in a second season of channel-crossing thriller series The Tunnel. The pair are brought in to investigate when a French couple are abducted from the Eurotunnel, leaving their daughter alone and terrified, and a plane crashes in the Channel, killing all on board.

Outlander

Outlander is available on Lightbox. Photo / Nick Briggs / Sony Pictures
Outlander is available on Lightbox. Photo / Nick Briggs / Sony Pictures

The start of the second series of time-travel Highland bodice-ripper Outlander is available on Lightbox from Sunday. This time Claire and Jamie (pictured) are off to aristocratic France hoping to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie from bringing on the destruction of clans with his defeat by the English at the Battle of Culloden.

The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes.
The Book of Negroes.

A new mini-series adaptation of 2007 novel The Book of Negroes begins this Sunday, 9.30pm, on Vibe. It tells the remarkable life story of Aminata Diallo (played by Aunjanue Ellis), who was kidnapped from West Africa, became a slave on a South Carolina plantation, an activist in New York City, and lived through turmoil in Canada and Sierra Leone, before being honoured for her courage and ideals late in life in England. It also stars Cuba Gooding jnr (recently seen playing O.J. Simpson), Louis Gossett jnr, and Lyriq Bent.

- TimeOut

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