The best animated series on TV right now has returned for its long-awaited third season. Dan Harmon recently sought to dispel speculation about conflict with co-creator Justin Roiland ( Adventure Time): “The reason season three took long is because it took [too] long to write, because it was season three of a show that we were scared to make worse than season two or one.” As well they might. The first episode, titled The Rickshank Redemption, was released on the internet earlier this year as a teaser. (It set off a minor online craze for a certain Szechuan dipping sauce, a reference to a McDonald’s promotion for the 1998 Disney film Mulan.) Rickmancing the Stone had Summer and Morty travelling to a Mad Max dimension full of post-apocalyptic This three-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s 1928 novel of the same name stars Jack Whitehall as Paul Pennyfeather, a divinity student at Oxford University who is dismissed for indecent exposure — a prank, as it turns out, perpetrated on him by The Bollinger Club. Pennyfeather is appointed headmaster at an obscure public school in Wales, which employs an assortment of misfits and drunks. But when he meets Margot Beste-Chetwynde, played by Eva Longoria, it is love at first sight. British critics were full of praise for this amusing miniseries. Barbecue Streaming on Netflix, from Tuesday Can barbecue solve the world’s problems? According to Matthew Salleh, the director of this documentary, which debuted at SXSW earlier this year, the answer is an unequivocal yes. “There’s a passion in the way people cook meat over fire,” he says. “I wanted to show the best of cultures, relish their differences and be heartened by what is common to us all.” Salleh and co-producer Rose Tucker have surveyed the culture of barbecuing in locales from South Africa to Texas, and Tokyo to Australia (naturally). Who knew we needed an elevated, cinematic meditation on barbecue? And yet here it is. With the welcome but not unexpected news that Daniel Craig will play Bond again — rather than slashing his wrists, as he famously has said — Foxtel’s Movies More channel is having a film marathon. The marathon began yesterday, but online readers can pick up the thread with 1967’s You Only Live Twice (today, 12.55am) with Sean Connery, and quick-witted print readers with 1973’s Live and Let Die (today, 7.15am), all the way through to Craig’s Spectre, enjoying all the Bonds between: Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. (Craig reportedly has signed for a further two films, the first tentatively titled Shatterhand and slated for 2019.) Directed by Jeremy Sims, and starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, Last Cab to Darwin (Sunday, 6.20pm, Masterpiece) tells the story of a taxi driver from Broken Hill in NSW who drives to the Northern Territory to pursue euthanasia. Generally one gives higher marks to films that leave you thinking long after they are finished — unless it makes you ponder inconsistent logic, such as: how in London Has Fallen (Sunday, 5pm, Premiere) did they co-opt most of the British police and security establishment into a terrorist plot? No matter, it’s entertaining.
Rick and Morty are in a pickle