Pay TV: Wednesday, July 11

Bryce Holdaway and Veronica Morgan from <i>Location, Location, Location Australia</i>.
Bryce Holdaway and Veronica Morgan from Location, Location, Location Australia.

Highlight: Location, Location, Location Australia, LifeStyle, 8.30pm

BUYERS' agents Bryce Holdaway and Veronica Morgan did a fine job of filling the sizeable shoes of Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer in the Australian version of Relocation, Relocation, and they're off to another good start here.

They're in Sydney tonight and their jobs are not easy - they're trying to help buyers who have slightly unrealistic expectations and who are not keen to compromise on location, property or price.

Holdaway has perhaps the easier task. He's helping 37-year-old Gillian, who has $400,000 to spend on a one-bedroom flat, preferably in Sydney's trendy inner west. Even so, it's tricky, since she wants off-street parking, and Holdaway finds himself taking her to properties ranging from a modern flat in Newtown to an art deco apartment in the beachside suburb of Maroubra.

Morgan has it tougher with Marie and David, who have $1.5 million to spend on a family home and are adamant that it be in pricey Balmain. But she succeeds in dragging them a little further afield and getting them to inspect a range of very different properties in suburbs that weren't on their radar.

Marie turns out to be a bit less of a stickler for location than she is for enormous built-in wardrobes, which leads Morgan to suggest that what she actually wants is a really nice wardrobe with four bedrooms attached.

It's a good episode, even though one of the prospective buyers ends up walking away without purchasing. And it's a nice touch that the show went back to visit them weeks later to see how they got on.

Whoever chose Morgan and Holdaway for this job did well. Morgan, in particular, is a great TV talent - a relaxed, natural, sunny presence in every scene. She's equally assured and adept at conversing with the buyers and the camera - sometimes in the same shot. And she and Holdaway have an easygoing rapport that seems completely natural. It never feels as if they're trying to ape that famous Phil-and-Kirstie dynamic - which would be a temptation.

The only time they seem a little stiff is in their scripted back-and-forth voice-overs.

However, the show could perhaps do better in providing information and context to the viewer. The high prices the buyers are asked to pay tonight prompt Holdaway to remark that it's not quite the buyers' market we have been led to believe. But how not and why not? Statistics can be dull and anecdotes unrepresentative, but surely there is a way for Morgan and Holdaway to give us more of an idea of what is going on in the market. They are the experts, after all.

Scrappers, A&E, 9.30pm

ENJOYABLE blue-collar reality with a distinctly New York attitude. This series follows three teams of ''scrappers'' as they drive around Brooklyn in clapped-out old trucks and vans collecting scrap metal - everything from hot-water cylinders to old cars. Tonight, Frankie Noots is unhappy with his gormless offsider, Darren, who managed to get a parking ticket while he was actually sitting in Frankie's van. Frankie thinks Darren's problem relates to the kind of activity said to cause hairy palms. ''Chinese people say you're not supposed to do it that much,'' Frankie tells him. ''Every time you do it you get dumber.'' As an extra service to viewers, the program makers have kindly pixelated out every last bit of butt crack on display as the scrappers go about their business.

Last War Heroes: Berlin, National Geographic, 8.30pm

THIS fine series concludes with a harrowing instalment in which World War II veterans recall the bitter fighting they survived and the horrific discoveries they made as the Allied and Soviet armies raced towards Berlin. What has made this series especially compelling is the way in which the veterans talk so frankly about the fear and grief they felt as they came under fire and lost many of their friends. Tonight, they also convey the shock, disgust and anger they felt as they liberated the Nazi concentration camps.

The Crimson Petal and the White, UKTV, 7.30pm

Terrific mini-series set in Victorian London, where a troubled perfume-company heir (Chris O'Dowd) falls for a prostitute (Romola Garai). Also starring Gillian Anderson.

Geordie Shore, MTV, 10.30pm

New episodes. All drinking, all shagging, all the time.

Justified, FX, 8.30pm

This story Pay TV: Wednesday, July 11 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.