Free TV highlights: 'Homicide', 'Locked Up' and 'All My Friends are Racist'

Former police homicide detective Ron Iddles is back for a new series
Former police homicide detective Ron Iddles is back for a new series

HOMICIDE: WITH RON IDDLES

8.30pm, Sunday, PrimeSeven

You know you have some good talent for your TV series when you don't need to hire someone to interview them or add in voiceovers to explain what's going on.

You can just stick them in front of the camera and away they go.

That's definitely the case with retired homicide detective Ron Iddles - who had a reported 99 per cent conviction rate.

He first appeared on our screens in the excellent Foxtel series The Good Cop, based on his biography of the same name.

In that series he used cases from his history in homicide to illustrate some of his key tenets in solving crime, such as "the answer's in the file" or "it costs nothing to listen".

This new series on free-to-air, is much the same as his earlier effort. That's not a problem because The Good Cop was so very, very good.

Iddles does much the same thing here - faces the camera and talks us through an investigation and explains how it was solved.

Also, he handles the case in a sensitive fashion, like he is always aware he is talking about someone's family member.

Which is much more than a lot of other true-crime shows do.

LOCKED UP: TEENS BEHIND BARS

9.30pm, Sunday, SBSTwo

There's nothing new to the idea of giving wild teenagers a taste of life behind bars in the hope they'll wake up to themselves.

Nor is there anything new in the idea of building a TV show around this concept.

Usually, they're not as good as this series from the UK, which also gives voice to the parents and caregivers who explain why they're so worried about the path their child is travelling down.

Some of the teens look like the week-long stint behind bars getting yelled at by guards and ogled by prisoners (there are some truly creepy scenes of that in this first episode) will have the desired effect.

One starts crying before he's even seen a prisoner, suggesting he's not really cut out for a life of crime.

Others, like Tunde and Layla, well I don't think they're going to learn much at all.

Layla tends to feel sorry for the other female inmates, seeing it all as a bit of fun.

Tunde, on the other hand, is hell-bent on being a tough guy, even though it's clear to the viewer that he would hardly last a day if he was thrown into prison for real.

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE RACIST

10.15pm, Tuesday, ABC

Right here is a show that deftly walks its way across a potential minefield.

Gay influencer Casey (Davey Thompson) and lawyer Belle (Tuuli Narkle) are Brisbane flatmates and Indigenous millennials. And they're always on the lookout for racism regardless of whether it's there or not.

And, as far as these two are concerned, it's always there. It's why they've created a massive board featuring their friends and whatever their "racist" crime was.

It's sure to confuse some people, who will assume the show is all about mocking Casey and Belle.

But it's more than that, it skewers everyone. In this first 15-minute episode of the series, every single character who appears is a figure of fun.

No one is off-limits. It's all quite outrageous - and very funny.

Created and written by Enoch Mailangi, All My Friends Are Racist premieres on August 24 on ABC iview.

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