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Im­por­tant note for fans of elec­tric cars: this doc­u­men­tary is about the fa­mous com­pany’s name­sake, not the com­pany. A fas­ci­nat­ing fig­ure born in the 19th cen­tury to a Ser­bian fam­ily in what is now mod­ern Croa­tia, Nikola Tesla was a sci­en­tist and in­ven­tor who died im­pov­er­ished and largely for­got­ten in New York in 1943, eclipsed by in­ven­tors such as Thomas Edi­son and Guglielmo Mar­coni. He has since had something of a re­nais­sance, be­com­ing the ob­ject of fas­ci­na­tion for many, es­pe­cially sci­en­tists and engi­neers, but also a pop-cul­tural fig­ure — see for ex­am­ple his de­pic­tion in the Christo­pher Nolan film The Pres­tige, where he was de­picted by David Bowie. This PBS doc­u­men­tary prom­ises a fas­ci­nat­ing re­cap of his life and legacy. The se­cond half of sea­son one of this se­ries from Baz Luhrmann and play­wright Stephen Adly Guir­gis has just lobbed on Net­flix. In the open­ing scenes, Ezekial (Justice Smith) sits with a yel­low le­gal pad in a New York City sky­scraper try­ing to re­cap what had hap­pened pre­vi­ously in the story, us­ing quotes from Charles Dick­ens, ap­peals to ro­mance and tales of the streets be­fore re­peat­edly and self-con­sciously screw­ing up the pages and throw­ing them away. Given the weak re­cep­tion the first half of the se­ries re­ceived, this is tin-eared to say the least. It feels like a metaphor for the in­de­ci­sion about what the show wants to say and how it wants to say it. But one thing is for sure: there is no mys­tery how it be­came such an ex­pen­sive se­ries. It looks com­pletely in­cred­i­ble. Angie Tribeca Stream­ing on Stan from Tues­day This harm­less lit­tle com­edy star­ring Rashida Jones ( Parks and Recre­ation) in the ti­tle role Angie Tribeca re­turns for a third sea­son this week. Cre­ated by Steve and Nancy Carell, it is a satire of the po­lice pro­ce­dural genre, akin to Brook­lyn Nine-Nine. It of­fers marginally more laughs than you might be ex­pect­ing. Guest stars this sea­son in­clude Natalie Port­man, Michelle Dock­ery ( Down­ton Abbey) and Star Trek’s Chris Pine, who plays a se­rial killer known as “The Zookeeper”. A press re­lease for the show claimed: “One thing’s for sure: Angie Tribeca’s third sea­son is shap­ing up to be among the top three sea­sons of the show so far.” Def­i­nitely at the top of the list of Marvel su­per­hero films that — mer­ci­fully — don’t take them­selves too se­ri­ously is Ant-Man (Tues­day, 8pm, Ac­tion), star­ring Paul Rudd in the ti­tle role, with Michael Dou­glas, Evan­ge­line Lilly and Bobby Can­navale. Rudd reprised his role in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War for what was, for me at least, the film’s high­light, when he be­comes the world’s big­gest ant. With roles in Marvel’s up­com­ing Thor: Rag­narok, and Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight, and his re­cent turn in TV’s West­world, An­thony Hop­kins has per­haps never been in greater de­mand. See Hop­kins here in the highly praised 2005 film The World’s Fastest In­dian (Tues­day, 10.10pm, Mas­ter­piece), where he plays Kiwi mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast Burt Munro. Co­me­dian Dave Chap­pelle re­cently made a highly ac­claimed re­turn to tele­vi­sion with two stand-up com­edy spe­cials on Net­flix, in which he took a crack at co­me­di­ans Kee­gan-Michael Key and Jor­dan Peele, say­ing he’d been “watch­ing Key and Peele do my show the last five f..king years”. A slight or a huge com­pli­ment — I’m not sure. Check out Key and Peele in Keanu (Thurs­day, 8pm, Pre­miere) about a lit­tle kit­ten that gets his own­ers caught up in the drug un­der­world.

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