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I re­ally think that Todd Samp­son, of Gruen, Body­hack and Re­design My Brain fame, has hit on some­thing im­por­tant with this se­ries. Truth still mat­ters. Sci­ence need not be fusty and bor­ing. That said, I don’t feel like I’m any kind of ex­pert on all the demon­stra­tions he per­forms, and the true ex­tent of his phys­i­cal jeop­ardy. Ex­cept this week, when an AK-47 ri­fle is shot at point-blank range un­der­wa­ter at his chest. Sans wa­ter, that would kill you. (Samp­son in­tro­duced this clip to a room­ful of jour­nal­ists re­cently and even with him stand­ing next to the screen, it still stressed ev­ery­one out.) He is as­sisted by Olympic swim­mer and physics stu­dent Cameron McEvoy — a skill set uniquely matched to this task. Next week he goes bungee jump­ing, with a twist. The fi­nal two episodes of this ter­rific se­ries from over­achiever Don­ald Glover, the cre­ator and star of this Golden Globe-win­ning show set in the rough and tum­ble of the mu­sic in­dus­try, screen tonight. In the first episode, his girl­friend Van (Zazie Beetz) takes Glover’s Earn to a deeply weird eman­ci­pa­tion themed party at the home of a wealthy mixed-race cou­ple. (You get the feel­ing Glover has met at least one per­son in real life who is like the white hus­band, ob­sessed with black cul­ture.) In the sea­son fi­nale at 9.50pm, Earn wakes up af­ter a wild party with­out his jacket, which con­tained some­thing valu­able. His jour­ney to find the valu­able pos­ses­sion be­comes an odyssey. A sec­ond sea­son has been com­mis­sioned and will pre­miere next year. Planet Earth II Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Nine It oc­curs while watch­ing this se­ries that though it is nar­rated by David At­ten­bor­ough in that unique and avun­cu­lar fash­ion we know so well, it is some Planet Earth time since we’ve seen him kneel­ing down be­side some nat­u­ral won­der. He is 90 af­ter all. Not that this se­ries is lack­ing vis­ual in­ter­est. The bit that will stay with me, and which has gone vi­ral on­line, is the clip of the baby igua­nas be­ing hatched from the earth and run­ning a gaunt­let of hun­gry snakes. Truly the stuff of night­mares. This week’s episode — the sea­son fi­nale — fo­cuses on ci­ties, which are grow­ing faster than any other habi­tat on Earth, and an­i­mals such as the leop­ards of Mum­bai and the pere­grine fal­cons of New York. I did not ap­pre­ci­ate the com­edy stylings of Melissa McCarthy un­til I be­gan binge-watch­ing the tele­vi­sion se­ries that was her train­ing ground: Gil­more Girls, all seven sea­sons and the four-part re­boot on Net­flix. As Sookie St James you can see her blos­som as the se­ries pro­gresses, cre­at­ing the blend of phys­i­cal hu­mour and high-en­ergy ver­bal de­liv­ery she is now known for. She’s ter­rific here in 2013’s The Heat (Mon­day, 8.45pm, Ten) as a foul-mouthed Bos­ton cop paired with an up­tight FBI agent played by San­dra Bul­lock. A rough run for his­tor­i­cal epics seemed to be­gin with Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s 2014 film Noah (Sun­day, 9pm, One) star­ring Rus­sell Crowe, Jen­nifer Con­nelly and An­thony Hop­kins. It had all the in­gre­di­ents but failed to fire up au­di­ences, with Ri­d­ley Scott’s Ex­o­dus: Gods and Kings the same year and Timur Bek­mam­be­tov’s more re­cent Ben-Hur re­make throw­ing into doubt au­di­ences’ ap­petite for more swords-and-san­dals epics. With Dirty Danc­ing (Satur­day, 6.30pm, Ten) cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary this year, we are to be sub­jected to a three hour mu­si­cal re­make star­ring Abi­gail Breslin, De­bra Mess­ing, Ni­cole Scherzinger abd Billy Dee Wil­liams in May. It will be tall or­der to top the Pa­trick Swayze and Jen­nifer Grey orig­i­nal.

Pity the baby igua­nas on II

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