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the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of a clan of vam­pire hunters, who is per­suaded to join the ef­fort to rid the land of Drac­ula’s ter­ror with the aid of his awe­some whip. Net­flix in­stantly re­newed it for a sec­ond sea­son, which finds “Drac­ula and his le­gion of vam­pires pre­par­ing to rid the world of hu­mans, but fac­ing an un­likely trio of he­roes who dare to stand in their way”. Ar­mitage, who re­cently de­scribed his char­ac­ter as an “an­ti­heroic, drunk, slightly foul-mouthed, ir­ri­ta­ble git”, also re­vealed a third sea­son is on the way. Black Pan­ther (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere) pre­miered in cin­e­mas ear­lier this year to the now­fa­mil­iar claims that it wasn’t go­ing to be your av­er­age, flavour­less Marvel movie. It fea­tured a cast of black ac­tors play­ing many un­stereo­typ­i­cal char­ac­ters, which is ter­rific. There are oc­ca­sional mo­ments of levity. But as for the ac­tion: much sound and fury sig­ni­fy­ing noth­ing. The best scenes fea­ture Michael B. Jor­dan, who fea­tured in one of di­rec­tor Ryan Coogler’s ear­lier works, Fruit­vale Sta­tion. Win­ning an Os­car each for Frances McDor­mand and Sam Rock­well, Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri (Sun­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere) makes its Fox­tel de­but this week. It tells the story of a mother who rents bill­boards to high­light po­lice in­ac­tion on her daugh­ter’s un­solved mur­der. It also stars Woody Har­rel­son and Peter Din­klage. Shot in black and white, and with an en­sem­ble cast in­clud­ing Pa­tri­cia Clark­son, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mor­timer, Cil­lian Mur­phy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall, check out 2017’s The Party (Mon­day, 8.30pm, Mas­ter­piece). Janet (Scott Thomas) is a politi­cian, who holds a party to cel­e­brate her pro­mo­tion to shadow min­is­ter. Add guests, and red wine, and you end up with a train wreck.

Castl­e­va­nia sea­son two, on Net­flix

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