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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.

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son in

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