This well-crafted drama from screenwriter Jimmy McGovern is likely to polarise. In this first episode we meet Christina (Anna Friel), who turns up to work late and is confronted by her boss about leaving an IOU for £60 in the cash register, before a first fight erupts between them. Who’s to blame? It’s clear what McGovern thinks. ( The Times wrote: “Jimmy McGovern not only holds up a mirror to our broken society; he is part of it.”) Sean Bean plays a parish priest in this northern English setting, struggling with his own childhood demons and trying to minister to a community that doesn’t seem to care one way or another. Each week, a different story will centre on an individual, and a theme such as mental health, deprivation, homophobia or addiction. In the deluge of quality shows, there are some that deserve a second mention. Indeed, a third. Glow, starring Alison Brie and Marc Maron, is one such series, perhaps one of the best things on TV so far this year. The conceit is the making of an all-women’s wrestling show in the 1980s, based on a true story. Different characters come to the fore in different episodes as the process of becoming wrestlers heals psychological wounds and forges an unlikely team. Ruth Wilder/Zoya the Destroyer is the role that Brie deserves: she is funny, poignant, and in turns vulnerable and strong. Highly recommended. Castlevania Streaming on Netflix Adding to the wave of 80s nostalgia is this adaptation of Japanese vampire hunting computer game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. It is being produced by Adi Shankar, best known perhaps for his unauthorised Power/Rangers trailer on YouTube featuring James Van Der Beek Castlevania from Dawson’s Creek, which has now achieved more than 21 million views. It is also boasts coproduction by Frederator Studios, responsible for Adventure Time. Castlevania promises to be a dark, gothic and bloody vision. Shankar confirmed that it will be violent and gory: “The goal is to bring hard-hitting anime to America and be America’s first animated series for adults,” he said. For fans of Japanese anime, Amazon Prime Video contains an astonishingly deep catalogue of the genre. Something was missing from Antoine Fuqua’s 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere). It wasn’t a pedigreed writer, with True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto on the case. It wasn’t the cast, which featured Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard, among others. The original story from the 1960 film, itself adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai, is a winning one. I would argue that perhaps the exposition was too hasty and our seven heroes accepted the “call to adventure” in a way the audience may not in their shoes. Still, an entertaining shoot-em-up ensues. A remake I felt sure would work out was 2016’s Ben-Hur (Sunday, 10.45pm, Premiere), starring Jack Huston in the title role, straight off his turn in Boardwalk Empire, and directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The film bombed with critics and audiences, though it hasn’t appeared to slow down Huston’s career ascent. Tom McCarthy is a director with a variable touch — one minute it's the Adam Sandler flop The Cobbler, next minute he wins the Oscar for Spotlight (Sunday, 10.30pm, Masterpiece), a tale of crusading journalism and clerical sexual abuse in Boston.
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