Thank Gerard Butler and the cast of Zack Snyder’s
for establishing “Spartan” as the sine qua non of fitness, teamwork and rock-hard abs. The Emmy-nominated Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge has taken that notion and blended it with an American Ninja Warrior- style competition. (In one round, they face off against American Ninja Warrior champions.) Amusing and diverting. In this creepy, Dublin-set revenge thriller, Denise Gough plays Paula, a science teacher who lives alone. When she hears rats in her basement, she hires James (Tom Hughes) to exterminate them. He scratches a meagre living doing maintenance jobs, stealing from his elderly mother and sleeping with his clients. When Paula and James share one such frenzied encounter, it precipitates a vicious game of cat and mouse, with everything good in Paula’s life — job, family, friends — drawn into James’s vortex. Even detective and confidant Mac (Owen McDonnell) struggles to protect her. How far will she go if pushed? This three-part series is created by Olivier and Tony award-winning playwright Conor McPherson. Westworld Streaming on Foxtel Now While Christopher Nolan is once again conquering the big screen with Dunkirk, younger brother Jonathan was at San Diego Comic-Con releasing a trailer for the second season of the stupendous sci-fi series Westworld, which he co-created with Lisa Joy. Nolan told attendees at the pop culture festival that the show will not attempt to run indefinitely. “The more we think about these questions, the more it feels like your mind is turning inside out. So it might be best for us after Westworld doing this for a little longer that we all just mutually agree to stop,” he said, before joking: “I’ve concluded we must be in a simulation of some kind. I just did a tequila shot with Ed Harris at Comic-Con.” The trailer has been picked apart remorselessly by fans on the internet, but one thing is inarguable: seeing Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) riding at full gallop while shooting what we presume are human guests with a rifle is extremely exciting. For those so inclined, you can stream the first season on Foxtel. With War for the Planet of the Apes having just hit cinemas, check out its predecessors Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Tomorrow, 6.40pm, Action) followed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (8.30pm). Barracking against your own species might be an uncomfortable position for some — but such is the genius of motion-capture actor Andy Serkis, who plays the ape leader Caesar. The latter film also stars Australian actors Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee alongside Gary Oldman and Keri Russell; on second thoughts, your loyalties will surely be divided. Check out Ang Lee’s 2016 war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Tonight, 8.30pm, Masterpiece). It boasts an unprecedented 120 frames per second (potentially undiscernible on my TV), and boasts a cast including Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund and Vin Diesel, along with newcomer and title actor Joe Alwyn. Mark Rylance ( Dunkirk) stars with Tom Hanks and Alan Alda in the Oscar-winning film Bridge of Spies (Tomorrow, 8.30pm, Thriller). Directed by Steven Spielberg, it follows the tale of Rudolf Abel (Rylance), who is charged with spying for the USSR. James B. Donovan (Hanks) is his initially reluctant advocate.
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