The long explanation for this show’s title is biology and technology will increasingly combine with the human impulses for sex and war to shape our evolutionary path in coming decades. (The shorter explanation is: Sex War Robots is just a brilliantly pithy title.) With serious debates about the threats posed by artificial intelligence ongoing in the media, the contribution of this program, narrated by Marc Fennell, Jeannette Francis and Patrick Abboud, will be very welcome. The Other Boleyn Girl Pippos — and from someone singularly uninterested in spectator sports. HERoes follows the organisers, coaches and participants of the inaugural season of the AFLW. The rousing reception the women received for the season opener is amazing, with the over-capacity venue turning patrons away, people climbing over fences and fans sitting in the stairs. But perhaps even more impressive is the long and little-known history of women seeking inclusion in the sport of Australian football. Philippa Gregory, who penned the book on which The Other Boleyn Girl (Friday, 8.35pm, SBS) is based, recently set off a firestorm in comments to The New York Times: “Choosing to write a genre novel is like fencing the universe because you are afraid of space.” (Some have made the obvious point that every book is part of one genre or another, not least Tudor romance novels.) In any case, this 2008 film adaptation starring Eric Bana as King Henry VIII, and Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman as Mary and Anne Boleyn respectively, was a hit and deserves a second look. Any Given Sunday (Saturday, 10.15pm, Nine; NSW and QLD only) is one of the few nonpolemical Oliver Stone films of recent decades — and is entertaining to boot. It is set in the world of gridiron and stars Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid and Jamie Foxx, among many others (including a cameo from Stone himself). Pacino’s D’Amato makes a memorable speech about winning “inch by inch”; plus the issue of player concussion is raised, which has since been the subject of a class action and US$1 billion dollar settlement. Also this week: Birdman (Saturday, 9.30pm, Eleven), which has four Oscars to its credit.
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