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This com­pelling Ir­ish crime show re­turns this week, a third se­ries hav­ing re­cently com­pleted film­ing around Gal­way, and with the won­der­fully abra­sive Scot­tish ac­tor Iain Glen ( Game of Thrones) back in the star­ring role. It’s adapted from the novels of ac­claimed Ir­ish crime writer Ken Bruen, whose over­rid­ing pre­oc­cu­pa­tion is the dark side of Ire­land’s re­cent eco­nomic pros­per­ity and its legacy. The se­ries is a suit­ably bleak study of rage, ret­ri­bu­tion and re­demp­tion, aptly tagged as “Hiber­nian noir”. Jack Tay­lor, the hard-bit­ten Gal­way Garda turned PI, is played by Glen, husky-voiced and red-eyed from drink. He’s one of the most en­joy­ably ir­re­spon­si­ble char­ac­ters on the mean streets. There are many ways to fol­low this frac­tious con­test but the BBC has it well cov­ered with a classy rolling US elec­tion news spe­cial through­out the day. At 9am, World News Amer­ica with Katty Kay will be in New York with a show fea­tur­ing spe­cial guests as well as hear­ing from vot­ers across the coun­try. From 10.30am, Kay and An­drew Neil present live cov­er­age from an elec­tion stu­dio over­look­ing Times Square, joined by Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can elec­tion an­a­lysts. There will be gi­ant touch­screens, anal­y­sis of exit polls, and a plethora of vir­tual re­al­ity graph­ics, with cor­re­spon­dents in the key swing states and re­ports from within the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can party head­quar­ters. Blue Serengeti Thurs­day, 8.30pm, An­i­mal Planet (615) Most doc­u­men­taries on the sub­ject por­tray sharks as ob­jects of fear, a sen­sa­tion­al­ist tabloid streak that plays to the bleach­ers, usu­ally with Jaws mu­sic thrum­ming be­neath the com­men­tary. Gone With Yet most of us know they pose lit­tle dan­ger to hu­mans — you are more likely to com­mit sui­cide than be at­tacked by a shark. So it’s agree­able to wel­come a film that sci­en­tif­i­cally ex­plores why preda­tors and prey alike mi­grate thou­sands of miles ev­ery year to three hot spots off the coast of Cal­i­for­nia. Cre­ated by famed marine bi­ol­o­gist Bar­bara Block, this doco com­pares the wildlife ag­gre­ga­tions off Mon­terey to Africa’s sa­vanna ecosys­tems, hence the ti­tle, and fea­tures cut­tingedge cam­era and track­ing tech­nolo­gies. Clint East­wood’s con­tro­ver­sial Amer­i­can Sniper (Satur­day, 11.35am, Ac­tion), star­ring Bradley Cooper, is based on the mem­oir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper stars as Kyle, who is cred­ited with a stag­ger­ing 160 sniper kills, though the film fo­cuses as much on his dif­fi­cul­ties in read­just­ing to life at home as on his ac­tions dur­ing com­bat in Iraq. (It won the Os­car for best sound edit­ing.) TCM cel­e­brates Vivien Leigh’s birth­day with the im­mor­tal Gone with the Wind (Satur­day, 8.30pm), cen­tred on Leigh’s petu­lant south­ern belle Scar­lett O’Hara. Still Hol­ly­wood’s most pop­u­lar movie, the star-stud­ded tale of the old south dur­ing wartime is a time­less tale of a love­hate ro­mance. To slightly re­phrase the writer Italo Calvino, a clas­sic is a movie that has never fin­ished say­ing what it has to say, and this movie bears many view­ings. As does Michael Cur­tiz’s Casablanca (Tues­day, 8.30pm, TCM), star­ring Humphrey Bog­art and In­grid Bergman. A master­ful tale of two men vy­ing for the same woman’s at­ten­tion in a love tri­an­gle set against a back­ground of po­lit­i­cal and ro­man­tic es­pi­onage dur­ing World War II, it just never dates. Pithy lines of di­a­logue are etched on the mem­ory of al­most ev­ery­one who has seen it.

Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the Wind

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