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South Korea

The Program

The Secret of Coocoo Island (MBC, weekdays, 7:45 p.m.)

What You’ll Watch

Don’t worry about the language barrier. This version of Lost—midlevel employees become stranded on a mysterious island—provides comic insight into Korean workplace culture.

Italy

The Program

Report (Rai Tre, Sunday, 9 p.m.)

What You’ll Watch

A major water-cooler topic in Italy, this investigative news show digs dirt on everything from financial scandals to political corruption to the influence of the Mafia. For a break, turn to Canale 5’s Il Ballo delle Debuttanti, which follows debutantes in training.

England

The Program

River Cottage: Autumn (Channel 4, TBA)

What You’ll Watch

Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, chef at River Cottage HQ in Dorset, prepares a feast with local ingredients. The program taps into the Slow Food trend and promotes a “simpler” life—which appeals to the English, who visit River Cottage in droves.

Mexico

The Program

ClioTV (Channel 2, Saturday, midnight, and Sunday, 11:30 p.m.)

What You’ll Watch

This ongoing documentary about Mexico’s turbulent past and dynamic present, which uses leading historians as resources, has developed into one of the country’s most-respected—and highly watched—shows.

Australia:

The Program

Border Security (Seven Network, TBA)

What You’ll Watch

A fly-on-the-wall documentary tracking customs and quarantine workers at Australian airports. Storylines range from serious crime (drugs, animal smuggling) to clueless tourists (who attempt to bring in things like tree branches).

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