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.
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