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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