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Orig­i­nally screened in the US on CNN, this eight­part Emmy-nom­i­nated doc­u­men­tary se­ries is hosted by the like­able W. Ka­mau Bell. Each episode shows Bell trav­el­ling around the US ex­plor­ing the com­plex­i­ties of race and cul­ture in Amer­ica. The first episode finds him get­ting to know var­i­ous mem­bers of the Ku Klux Klan. In an Amer­ica so re­cently gripped by racial ten­sion, it would be easy for the show to present a se­ries of car­i­ca­tured mo­ments, but he thank­fully steers clear of that trap, in­stead draw­ing out the com­plex con­ver­sa­tion that un­der­pins cul­tural vit­riol. The se­ries is en­gag­ingly con­structed and well-paced, and Bell is an en­ter­tain­ing thinker and lively pres­ence through­out. Aus­tralia’s take on the un­dead re­turns for a se­ries pre­miere on Thurs­day. One night, in the sleepy county town of Yoorana, seven de­ceased lo­cals, or the Risen, crawl out of their graves in per­fect phys­i­cal con­di­tion and with no mem­ory of their for­mer lives. All of them are con­sumed with re­mem­ber­ing who they were and how they died. Chief among them is Kate, the wife of lo­cal po­lice sergeant James Hayes. Last sea­son’s fi­nale was re­plete with cliffhang­ers and the se­ries picks up with one of the most com­pelling — the preg­nancy of Hayes’s new wife, Sarah. Sergeant Hayes, while deal­ing with Sarah’s re­cov­ery from a trau­matic birth, is still pre­oc­cu­pied with both Kate and his com­mit­ment to help­ing the Risen. The Glitch is an im­mer­sive se­ries which features a stand­out cast and pro­duc­tion val­ues that stand it along­side most in­ter­na­tional of­fer­ings. Hard Rock Med­i­cal Satur­day, 8.30pm, NITV This is an orig­i­nal drama from Canada that fol­lows Glitch a di­verse group of as­pir­ing doc­tors at Bo­re­alis Col­lege of Medicine, better known as Hard Rock U, a med­i­cal school set deep in the heart of the Cana­dian Shield in North­ern On­tario. The per­for­mances from the like­able cast, in­clud­ing in­dige­nous ac­tor Mark Coles Smith, are suit­ably re­strained. The show adeptly uses its re­mote Cana­dian lo­ca­tion to bal­ance the ur­gent with the ab­surd; this sea­son has seen the doc­tors get a miner to cough up stolen di­a­monds, ex­tracted por­cu­pine quills from a home­less man’s pos­te­rior and tended to a pa­tient struck by light­ning. Re­cently de­ceased direc­tor Garry Mar­shall hit it big in Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion with Happy Days and The Odd Cou­ple, segu­ing to fea­ture film­mak­ing with the smash hit Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries and other rom-com hits (and some misses). His 2004 com­edy Rais­ing He­len (Satur­day, 7.30pm, Seven) stars Kate Hud­son as a self-ab­sorbed Man­hat­tan ca­reer woman who finds her­self with three chil­dren when the sib­ling (Felic­ity Huff­man) she shares with older sis­ter Jenny (Joan Cu­sack) is killed in a car ac­ci­dent. Sure, it’s pre­dictable, but it’s also just a tad grit­tier than other such glossy en­ter­tain­ments, which ren­ders it a cut above many of Mar­shall’s other films. “I’ll be back,” Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger says mem­o­rably in direc­tor James Cameron’s 1984 wa­ter­shed sci-fi film The Ter­mi­na­tor (Satur­day, 10pm, Nine) and lit­tle did the moviego­ing public know how of­ten he would be. Direc­tor Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 ac­tion spy com­edy Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice (Sun­day, 9pm, Ten) is a riot of fly­ing bod­ies and slow-mo­tion gun­fire, which is just the way fans of the source comic book like it. A par­tic­u­larly game Colin Firth stars, and is quite droll as an intrepid se­cret agent with li­cence to kill — a lot.

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