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.
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