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and Marc Blu­cas as the abo­li­tion­ist lawyer John Hawkes. The sec­ond sea­son con­tin­ues to fol­low the Ma­con 7, the group of es­caped slaves who must dodge ruth­less mer­ce­nar­ies and slave catchers on their route to free­dom. John Leg­end is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the show and the con­tem­po­rary sound­track re­flects this, though it some­times jars against the pe­riod set­ting. And be warned: it doesn’t at­tempt to sani­tise the re­al­ity of slav­ery, from whip­pings and in­fan­ti­cide to the use of the n-word. Not one lit­tle bit. With tal­ented Aus­tralian ac­tor Mia Wasikowska re­turn­ing in the ti­tle role, check out Tim Bur­ton’s Alice Through the Look­ing Glass (Satur­day, 6.30pm, Dis­ney). A se­quel to 2010’s Alice in Won­der­land, it must be said the spe­cial ef­fects on the cinema screen were over­whelm­ing for the lit­tlies, but per­haps less so here. It also stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hat­ter and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time — for both ac­tors, I would ar­gue, their best roles in years. There have been few spec­ta­cles as uned­i­fy­ing as the ”I won’t see it be­cause I won’t like it” fan tantrum that pre­ceded the all-fe­male re­make of Ghost­busters (Sun­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere). With Melissa Mc­Carthy, Kris­ten Wiig and Satur­day Night Live’s Leslie Jones and Kate McKin­non play­ing the four pro­tag­o­nists, was it the cast­ing of Chris Hemsworth as a sec­re­tary that proved a bridge too far for the bros? Who knows. Win­ner of five Os­cars back in 2012, Michel Hazanavi­cius’s The Artist (Mon­day, 6.50pm, World Movies), star­ring Jean Du­jardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman, is the sort of movie Hol­ly­wood ab­so­lutely adores — yes, it’s about Hol­ly­wood. To be fair, it is set across a fas­ci­nat­ing fault line, as the era of silent films gives way to talkies.

The all-fe­male Ghost­busters

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