Black Earth Ris­ing 9pm, BBC Two

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This stun­ning se­ries and Killing Eve are so far ahead of most Bri­tish tele­vi­sion drama of the mo­ment it’s not even funny. The two are very dif­fer­ent, yet al­most op­er­ate as flip­sides of each other: both shows can do ac­tion, but can do so much more; both are un­afraid to ex­per­i­ment stylis­ti­cally and wan­der into strange, height­ened, the­atri­cal space; and, while Killing Eve lies much closer to straight-warped black com­edy, both have a core of hu­mour at heart. Writer-direc­tor-pro­ducer Hugo Blick’s dense, some­times opaque plot moves off in an­other di­rec­tion tonight, ex­plain­ing more about the Rwan­dan pres­i­dent, whose role in this bloody chess game has so far only been hinted. Com­plet­ing his Or­son Welles act, Blick con­tin­ues chew­ing into one of the meati­est roles with his per­for­mance as steel-rat lawyer Blake Gaines.

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