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heart at­tack. Pic­turesque Prince Ed­ward Is­land. Avril’s Atone­ment. The Pringles. The po­ten­tial up­side, how­ever, is that this se­ries could bring Lucy Maud Mont­gomery’s work into the hearts of a whole new gen­er­a­tion. With a cre­ative team of Moira Wally-Beck­ett ( Break­ing Bad, Flesh and Bone) and pro­duced by Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (which also made the 80s ver­sion), it would seem to be in safe hands. But if I am not mag­i­cally trans­ported to an imag­i­nary world of child­hood whimsy, some­one will pay. Ge­orge Clooney’s 2005 film about Ed­ward R. Mur­row, Good Night and Good Luck (Satur­day, 6.50pm, Mas­ter­piece), is more rel­e­vant than ever. It stars David Strathairn as Mur­row, the broad­caster who took on the dem­a­gogue senator Joseph McCarthy with facts and zeal. The cast also in­cludes Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Pa­tri­cia Clark­son and Jeff Daniels. Some­thing about oil brings out the worst in peo­ple — at least in films. The lead­ing ex­am­ple is 2007’s Paul Thomas An­der­son movie There Will Be Blood (Wed­nes­day, 8pm, Foxtel Movies More). Syr­i­ana is another great ex­am­ple; like­wise the Will Fer­rell spoof The Spoils of Baby­lon. Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano give ca­reer-defin­ing per­for­mances here, set dur­ing the south­ern Cal­i­for­nia oil boom of the late 19th cen­tury. Go­ing Clear: Scien­tol­ogy and the Prison of Be­lief (Wed­nes­day, 6.25pm, Mas­ter­piece) is one of those cel­e­brated doc­u­men­taries that lives up to the hype. Di­rected by Os­car win­ner Alex Gib­ney, it is an un­flinch­ing look at Scien­tol­ogy’s his­tory and prac­tices, as well as ex­am­in­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences of ad­her­ents who tried to leave. It is said to be the most watched HBO doc­u­men­tary of the past decade.

Amy­beth McNulty in Anne with an E

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