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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