Screen time

The stars are out for a sci-fi leg­end, Christina Hen­dricks con­tin­ues to shine and it’s a Down­ton dy­nasty on telly

Grazia (UK) - - Contents - with paul flynn

In sci-fi cir­cles, the au­thor Philip K Dick’s name in­spires the kind of hushed rev­er­ence re­served only for the masters. Try say­ing it loudly in a crowded branch of For­bid­den Planet for proof. For the less fan­tasy-in­clined, there is still plenty to rec­om­mend in the 10 stand­alone adap­ta­tions of his Electric Dreams se­ries. The first, The Hood Maker, has the in­ven­tive air of a Doctor Who for grown-ups, trans­port­ing us to a fu­ture dystopia where strange, eerie tele­pathic odd­bods hold the key to com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Two de­tec­tives, one tele­pathic (Hol­l­i­day Grainger back in the Sun­day-night 9pm slot af­ter Strike), one not ( Thrones’ Richard Mad­den: pwhoar, etc), are as­signed the task of ex­ter­mi­nat­ing the ti­t­u­lar handy­man who’s crafted a mask that blocks the telepaths. The cast­ing through­out Electric Dreams is be­yond stel­lar: Bryan Cranston makes his UK TV de­but, join­ing a list of ven­er­a­ble names in­clud­ing Bor­gen’s Sidse Bab­bett Knud­sen, Hol­ly­wood’s res­i­dent kook Steve Buscemi and our own ab­so­lutely peer­less Ju­lia Davis. The opener be­longs to Grainger, sport­ing a hairdo that looks like it was nicked from the early Björk canon and Mad­den, who could join the never-end­ing roll-call of po­ten­tial Bonds af­ter this per­for­mance. Their chem­istry is A1. The ma­te­rial is racy, dark, sad and of­ten grip­ping. For sci-fi nerds, it’s all Christ­mases come at once; for every­one else, at least a sunny Easter Bank Hol­i­day. Be­gins Sun­day, 9pm, Chan­nel 4

From top: Hol­l­i­day Grainger and Richard Mad­den; Steve Buscemi and Ju­lia Davis

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