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Thursday Picks: The State, Grand Designs Australia, Alex Polizzi: the Fixer

THE STATE
Series final ★★★½
10.30pm, SBS

Strong characterisation has made compelling subject matter even more riveting as our idealistic “freedom fighters” have discovered – some more rapidly than others – that the forces they’ve aligned with are the opposite of altruistic. The journeys of these four human beings have been as captivating as they have been confronting and that continues with this concluding ep when at least one of them has to face the reality of trying to reverse their decision and get home to Britain.

The State: The journeys of four human beings are captivating and confronting.

The State: The journeys of four human beings are captivating and confronting.Credit:Giles Keyte

GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA
★★★
8.30pm, ABC

Tonight we’re in beautiful Hornsby, where a pair of empty-nesters (and possible hoarders) want to build an adobe home. The hero turns out to be their builder – something of a hoarder himself – who takes over the project and creates something for them utilising not just local mud but his personal collection of old corrugated iron and bits of timber. The result is something I would not, personally, want to live in but there is something lovely about its organic blend of Australian/Native American/Mexican idioms.

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