Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones. HELEN SLOAN / HBO

What's on the small screen this week

THE wait is nearly over for Game of Thrones fans, with the show returning after more than a year's break tomorrow.

The highly-anticipated seventh season will see Mother of Dragons Daenerys finally land in Westeros, with her armies and dragons in tow, as Jon Snow turns his attention back to the looming threat of the White Walkers after helping to reclaim Winterfell last season.

If GoT isn't on your radar, then there's plenty to keep you occupied. Seven's family entertainment show Little Big Shots premieres tonight and the high-flying action continues on Nine's ratings smash Australian Ninja Warrior.

MasterChef's finals week begins and the ABC's new medical drama Pulse premieres on Thursday.

Here are this week's highlights of the small screen and why you should tune in:

Sunday July 16: Little Big Shots, Seven, 7pm

Shane Jacobson hosts the TV series Little Big Shots.
Shane Jacobson hosts the TV series Little Big Shots. Channel 7

Australia's rising stars will illuminate the stage with their amazing talents and have us in stitches with their quirky comments. In the series premiere, viewers will meet a sheep shearer, dancer, tumbler, drummer, snooker player and Rubik's cube genius.

Why you should watch: This feel-good family show isn't about winning or eliminations, just showcasing amazing kids. Plus host Shane Jacobson has a great rapport with his pint-sized guests.

 

Monday July 17: Game of Thrones, Showcase, 11am and 8.30pm

Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from season 7 of Game of Thrones. HELEN SLOAN / HBO

 

As season seven begins, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons, has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand.

Jon Snow has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne by using wildfire to incinerate the High Sparrow and other foes in the Sept of Baelor.

Why you should watch: Daenerys' arrival in Westeros, with dragons and army in tow, is what the show's legions of fans have been anticipating for years. Will she claim her birthright of the Iron Throne, and will Jon Snow learn his true parentage?

 

Tuesday July 18: Australian Ninja Warrior, Nine, 7.30pm

Cody Thomas takes on the obstacle course on the TV series Australian Ninja Warrior.
Cody Thomas takes on the obstacle course on the TV series Australian Ninja Warrior. Channel 9

 

It's the first semi-final and if the Ninjas thought the heats were tough, then they haven't seen anything yet. The contestants will face nine obstacles in total, and only the top seven will make it through to the grand final.

Why you should watch: This is where things really begin to heat up as the course gets tougher and the real competitors begin to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.

 

Wednesday July 19: Offspring, Ten, 8.45pm

Asher Keddie and Osher Gunsberg in a scene from Offspring.
Asher Keddie and Osher Gunsberg in a scene from Offspring. Channel 10

 

When Nina discovers Harry's ex-girlfriend of 10 years, Georgie (Emily Barclay), has unexpectedly returned to Melbourne, she jumps at the chance to invite Georgie over for dinner and get to know her. But in doing so, Nina has inadvertently created the most romantic date in the world.

When it becomes evident that Georgie has returned to Melbourne intending to win Harry back, Nina and Harry's relationship is pulled sharply into focus as they are forced to question where they stand.

Why you should watch: The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg makes a guest appearance at the super-awkward dinner party.

 

Thursday July 20: Pulse, ABC, 8.30pm

Owen Teale and Claire van der Boom in a scene from the TV series Pulse.
Owen Teale and Claire van der Boom in a scene from the TV series Pulse. Daniel Asher Smith

 

Inspired by the man who saved her, Frankie alters course to become a doctor, working and learning in the high stakes, high pressure world of the cardio-thoracic and renal wards of a major hospital.

Why you should watch: This smart and sexy new Aussie medical drama has lots of heart and a terrific cast led by Claire van der Boom.

 

Friday July 21: Ozark, Netflix

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in a scene from the TV series Ozark.
Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in a scene from the TV series Ozark. Tina Rowden/Netflix

A Chicago financial advisor, who has been quietly laundering money for a drug kingpin, must quickly uproot his family and move the operation to The Ozarks, after his partner is caught cheating the business.

Why you should watch: This dark and and unpredictable new Netflix original series boasts a great cast including leads Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.

 

Saturday July 22: Versailles, SBS On Demand

Elisa Lasowski, George Blagden and Anna Brewster in a scene from Versailles.
Elisa Lasowski, George Blagden and Anna Brewster in a scene from Versailles. Anouchka de Williencourt

 

Stream episode one of the new, second season of Versailles before the full series starts on SBS on Thursday July 27. King Louis has every reason to be happy - his palace is expanding and is admired the world over. Meanwhile, his troops are preparing to invade Holland and crush Guillaume d'Orange. However, he's still haunted by his nightmares, and his paranoia grows.

Why you should watch: This lavish, sexy period drama is full of juicy viewing thanks to the real-life exploits of King Louis XIV, his flamboyant brother Philippe and the rest of France's royal court.



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