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