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You may never have heard of him but Ge­orge Boole, born in Eng­land in 1815, was the man re­spon­si­ble for the rev­o­lu­tion­ary ad­vances in math­e­mat­ics that are to­day fun­da­men­tal as­pects of com­puter science and elec­tron­ics. His Boolean al­ge­bra is the con­cept used to de­sign and op­er­ate com­put­ers and other elec­tronic de­vices, any­thing in fact that uses an elec­tri­cal cir­cuit. The huge im­pact of Boole’s work on tech­nol­ogy to­day is ex­plored in this new film, di­rected and pro­duced by Stephen Mize­las, and com­mis­sioned by Univer­sity Col­lege Cork. Nar­rated by Os­car­win­ning ac­tor Jeremy Irons, the film as­sem­bles in­dus­try lead­ers and aca­demics from across the globe to ex­plore the life and im­por­tance of the fa­ther of mod­ern in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. This is per­haps the in­evitable lo­cal ver­sion of the fa­mous US im­pro­vi­sa­tional com­edy show that made a star of Drew Carey, it­self based on an ear­lier Bri­tish se­ries, and a ster­ling ex­am­ple of the way that in re­cent years the trade in for­mats has changed the face of TV. Host Tommy Lit­tle is joined by seven ex­cit­ing and tal­ented ensem­ble cast mem­bers — com­edy su­per­star Rhys Darby, stand-up fes­ti­val favourites Cal Wil­son, Te­gan Hig­gin­botham and Susie Youssef, along with classy im­pro­viser Steen Raskopou­los, and new­com­ers Bri­die Con­nell and Tom Walker. Filmed in front of an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence in Mel­bourne with hip house band led by Kit Warhurst, it’s rowdy, won­der­fully pro­fane and very funny, with Hig­gin­botham and Wil­son the stand­outs in the first show. The Real SVU Wed­nes­day 8.30pm, CI Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment sex crimes de­tec­tive Ninette Toos­buy is no Hol­ly­wood Who’s Line is it Any­way? con­struct but the real thing. In this one-off doc­u­men­tary film, fea­tur­ing sit-down in­ter­views, re-en­act­ments and ex­ist­ing footage, the in­de­fati­ga­ble cop in­ves­ti­gates two cases. Beth has been raped by her bus driver and Toos­buy re­alises that, with­out com­pelling ev­i­dence, the only chance she has to bring him to jus­tice is to nail him in the in­ter­ro­ga­tion room. Then there’s the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find an uniden­ti­fied man who be­gan hunt­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing teenage girls in broad day­light in 2009. Ted Post’s Mag­num Force (Sun­day, 8.30pm, TCM), star­ring Clint East­wood, is a se­quel to the ground­break­ing Dirty Harry, that time cap­sule that il­lus­trates the way the movie cop be­came the ve­hi­cle into which we poured con­tra­dic­tory feel­ings about so­ci­ety. It lives up to the style, in­flu­ence and the­matic res­o­nance of its pre­de­ces­sor, de­liv­er­ing the goods to ac­tion movie junkies as well as East­wood fans. Jean-Luc Go­dard’s Mas­cu­line Fem­i­nine (Sun­day, 6.45pm, World Movies) sees French new wave ac­tor Jean-Pierre Leaud as Paul, an ide­al­is­tic would-be in­tel­lec­tual strug­gling to forge a re­la­tion­ship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (Chan­tal Goya) in a funny and provoca­tive look at sex­ual pol­i­tics in Paris at the height of the Viet­nam war. An­other clas­sic is Martin Scors­ese’s Rag­ing Bull (Mon­day, 12.05pm, Mas­ter­piece), the story of for­mer mid­dleweight box­ing world cham­pion Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro). LaMotta was known for his ex­ploits in the ring, but it was his tur­bu­lent life out­side it that was his tough­est op­po­nent. The film grabbed eight Os­car nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best film, with De Niro tak­ing home the best ac­tor prize; it also stars Joe Pesci, whom De Niro plucked out of ob­scu­rity.

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