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Freeview Turns up the Heat with Thrilling Drama

01 February 2013

In February, Freeview brings you
gripping new and returning dramas
and showcases some of Australia’s best home-grown talent – The Best TV. Absolutely Free.

ABC1 brings you the new series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Logie award-winner Craig McLachlan as the maverick country town doctor Lucien Blake. Set in the late 1950s, Dr. Blake has returned to a place he once called home, to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. Everything seems peaceful on the surface, but seething underneath are the age-old passions of a regional town clashing head-on with the tensions and fears of the decade to come.

On TEN the mysteries continue on Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson.

Returning to ABC1, the successful drama series, Call The Midwife continues to explore the lives of a team of nuns and midwives bringing babies into the world in 1950s East End London. On ABC2, a new six-part series, Please Like Me is based on the award-winning comedy of Josh Thomas and follows his world as it’s thrown into chaos after being dumped by his girlfriend, meeting a very good looking man and having to care for his fragile mother.

The best Revenge is yet to come on Seven, with the season 2 return of Revenge. Emily Thorne has found out her father was murdered, her mother is still alive, and the conspiracy with the Grayson family never ends. Emily will soon find out the extent of the conspiracy and discover new twists and turns along the way. On 7Two, follow the story of Vera, an experienced and not to mention brilliant, murder detective who finds herself on the trail of a ruthless serial killer.

The drama doesn’t stop there as Nine brings you The Following a terrifying new thriller series starring Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent. The story unfolds as a notorious serial killer, Joe Carroll escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier. Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he's faced with not one but an entire cult of serial killers. Continue to be terrified with American Horror Story: Asylum on Eleven. The spine-chilling series, is set in a mental asylum in 1964 and follows a young reporter who seeks out the asylum to track down a recently committed serial killer, but the darkness she uncovers goes far beyond one man.

Reality heats-up on Freeview in February as My Kitchen Rulesreturns for its fourth season. It's state versus state, plate versus plate, as 12 teams of two attempt to out-dine and out-wine each other to see whose kitchen rules. But the biggest shock for the contestants is..."Who will crash the party?"

Also in February, MasterChef: The Professionals continues on TEN and sees qualified chefs at the top of their game competing in the toughest cooking environment in Australia.

In the lead up to Lunar New Year festivities, acclaimed chef Luke Nguyen revisits his travels in Vietnam and reveals some magical, never-seen-before moments in a brand new two-part special on SBS ONE that celebrates the people, the culture and the rich food of the country of his heritage on Luke Nguyen’s Memories of Vietnam. Also on SBS ONE, the highly acclaimed and hugely popular food series Food Safari returns with an enticing mix of some of the latest cuisines to be making their impact in Australia.

Your favourite Blockheads are back on Nine as The Block All Stars will see all the old favourites go head to head as they return to the local stomping ground of Bondi to claim the best of the best title.

The unlikely partnership between charming con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and straightman FBI agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) of White Collar is back on ONE. Caffrey provides his expertise to help Burke catch other elusive criminals in exchange for his freedom, and together they prove that in order to solve the hardest crimes, you must hire the smartest criminal.

On GO!, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, travel America bidding on unclaimed storage units they think will contain the most hidden treasure - worth big cash - the better the history the higher the price on uction Hunters. And on 7Mate, follow two of the most skilled "pickers" as they hunt down objects with historical, collectable and pop culture value that have been long forgotten by their owners on American Pickers.

In a new series of Super Nanny USA on GEM, Jo Frost demonstrates how to tame the wildest toddler, soothe the savage six-year-old and get the most difficult child to overcome problems with behaviour, sleep, mealtime, potty training and other challenges that have vexed parents around the world. And on ABC News 24, Planet America is back! This year Chas and John are setting out to discover the real America! With the next four years of presidency decided, what are the challenges the U.S. still faces, and can Barack Obama bring the nation together?

Bajo, Hex and roving reporter, Goose, return to ABC2 in February to offer gaming fans a mix of reviews, news and interviews during Good Game. The new series will kick off with some highly anticipated games: Bioshock: Infinite, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Sim City 4 to name but a few. In addition to Good Game and Good Game: SP, Good Game: Pocket Edition premieres on Saturday nights at 8.15pm on ABC2. This new 10 minute show is designed to give busy gamers a handy round up of all that’s been good in gaming.

And on ABC3, curious inquisitives find themselves trapped in a bizarre subterranean world controlled by the ‘Machine’ where their wit, grit and stomachs are tested during five fast-paced challenges in an attempt to win their freedom on Steam Punks

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