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Who Gets To Stay in Australia?

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WHO GETS TO STAY IN AUSTRALIA?

New series ★★★

Wednesday (July 1), 8.30pm, SBS

In the name of balance, this series that puts faces to the immigration statistics, includes some questionable cases for permanent residency along with those that seem heartbreakingly unfair. Presumably this is why Amanda Vanstone’s views on queue jumpers are included along with commentary from bureaucrats and lawyers. No children are involved in this first episode – their stories are to come – but at least one case is distressing enough to warrant a warning.

The Living Room

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THE LIVING ROOM

Series return ★★★

Friday, 6.30pm, Ten

This cheerful lifestyle program has moved out of the studio and into an actual house, so expect some segments to be broadcast from rooms other than the titular one. Modified for the new domestic normal, the content will have a frugality focus. As a sample, the return episode includes a budget meal plan, thrifty wardrobe ideas, and a super-cheap home renovation. In keeping with the “we’re all in this together” theme, a south Sydney couple with two young boys gets a helping hand with the mortgage.

What We Do in the Shadows

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

★★★½

Thursday, July 2, 8.30pm, Showcase, On Demand

This extremely silly vampire satire returned for a second season last week, and if (as happened with the US-ification of Wilfred) it’s drifted somewhat in tone from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s original, it is still – like Wilfred V2 – a whole lot of kooky fun. Mark Hamill and Haley Joel Osment both guest star this season (the latter is especially good value, playing first a Millennial sidekick, and then a zombie) but it’s Harvey Guillen’s Guillermo who steals every scene. MH

Bridget McManus is a television writer and critic for Green Guide. She was deputy editor of Green Guide from 2006 to 2010 and now also writes features and interviews for Life & Style in The Saturday Age and M magazine in The Sunday Age.

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