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In episode three of this en­thralling 10-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries about Kalu Yala, a sus­tain­abil­ity project in Panama, chief ex­ec­u­tive Jimmy Stice is still liv­ing it up at a talk­fest in Mon­tana. Mean­while, the un­paid — nay, pay­ing — in­terns at the nascent vil­lage are ask­ing in­creas­ingly tough ques­tions. Are they pi­o­neers or colonists? Is the project do­ing more harm than good? And where is their money go­ing? “I feel so cheated,” says one. Others are con­cerned at the rub­bish the camp is gen­er­at­ing. Many com­plain they paid $5000 and are ex­pected to work for three months — though that part was al­most cer­tainly a case of caveat emp­tor. Di­rected with enor­mous re­straint by Ondi Ti­moner, the mean­ing of this se­ries is open to au­di­ence Co­me­dian Matt Okine claims to have no clue about cook­ing. Af­ter he spends a few min­utes in the kitchen with chef Jill Du­pleix, I be­lieve him and can even ex­plain why: he is like a naughty child, crack­ing jokes, ask­ing ir­rel­e­vant ques­tions. In other words, for many he is very re­lat­able. In this episode, Okine at­tempts to learn how to cook a lamb roast and make poached eggs with smashed av­o­ca­dos, and also learns carv­ing 101. Happy Val­ley Fri­day, 9.20pm, ABC To re­cast Tol­stoy’s fa­mous line, happy val­leys are all alike; ev­ery un­happy val­ley is un­happy in its own way. Here in Happy Val­ley, re­turn­ing for a sec­ond sea­son, the source of un­hap­pi­ness be­gins with a sim­ple sheep theft gone wrong, be­fore Back to the Fu­ture Part spiralling into a hunt for a sus­pected se­rial killer. It’s set in the Calder Val­ley, West York­shire, and Sarah Lan­cashire plays po­lice sergeant Cather­ine Ca­wood. She dis­cov­ers the body, be­fore re­al­is­ing she knew the vic­tim. Her neme­sis Tommy Lee Royce (played by James Nor­ton) re­mains in prison but on her mind. And Kevin Doyle plays de­tec­tive John Wadsworth, strug­gling to keep an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair un­der wraps. Cre­ated by Sally Wain­wright ( Scott & Bai­ley, Last Tango in Hal­i­fax), Happy Val­ley is de­pend­ably en­ter­tain­ing. The early re­views for HBO’s Di­ana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy (To­mor­row, 7pm, Seven) are roundly pos­i­tive: poignant, not schmaltzy. Mark­ing 20 years since Princess Di­ana’s death, Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry among others re­mem­ber her with af­fec­tion. No An­drew Mor­ton, and no Prince Charles. A com­pre­hen­sive ef­fort to re­boot Mar­vel’s Fan­tas­tic Four (Tonight, 7pm, Ten) in 2015 fell slightly flat; it is now con­sid­ered un­likely the in­tended se­quel will be made. Be­fore its de­but, I spoke with Jamie Bell ( Billy El­liot, Turn: Wash­ing­ton’s Spies) who plays Ben Grimm/The Thing: “It was a lot of fun, but phys­i­cally very hard to do. I was on stilts most of the time for every­one else’s sight lines,” he said of his cast mates Michael B. Jor­dan, Miles Teller and Kate Mara. “I had 20-30 cam­eras film­ing me dur­ing ev­ery take of ev­ery scene. It was a bit like the act­ing Olympics.” An­i­mated sci-fi se­ries Rick and Morty re­turns with its long-awaited third sea­son in the US this week, but a lo­cal de­but is un­con­firmed at this stage. So, con­tent your­self with watch­ing the film that in­spired it: Back to the Fu­ture Part III (Tonight, 7pm, Nine). In­stead of Rick and Morty, it’s Doc (Christo­pher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J. Fox), set in the old west.

Christo­pher Lloyd and Michael J Fox in III

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