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sci­ence for grown-up kids”. The tone, though, is kind of dorky, but thanks to the non-stop stream of guests and celebri­ties — who have in­cluded as­tro­naut Scott Kelly, model Kar­lie Kloss, and film­maker Kevin Smith — it’s al­ways en­ter­tain­ing. Also on Net­flix is the doc­u­men­tary Bill Nye: Sci­ence Guy, which fo­cuses on the 2015 launch of Light­sail 1, a novel cit­i­zen-funded project from The Plan­e­tary So­ci­ety fea­tur­ing a small so­lar­ra­di­a­tion-pro­pelled space­craft, and also Nye’s hard­ships in fol­low­ing in Sa­gan’s gi­ant shoes. I was cu­ri­ous how many of the amaz­ing stunts and fight se­quences per­formed in Atomic Blonde (Tues­day, 8.30pm, Premiere) were ac­tu­ally by Char­l­ize Theron. But her Cana­dian body dou­ble, Monique Gan­der­ton, later told Elle mag­a­zine that, yes, much of it was Theron and she is “tough”. The plot of the spy thriller, also star­ring John Good­man, James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella, is based on the 2012 graphic novel The Cold­est City. Read­ers, un­der­stand­ably, may be left cold by the fol­low­ing de­scrip­tion of Maudie (Satur­day, 8.30pm, Master­piece), a film about an arthritic woman in Nova Sco­tia (Maudie, played by Sally Hawkins) who works as a house­keeper for a man named Everett (Ethan Hawke) who “hones her skills as an artist and even­tu­ally be­comes a beloved fig­ure”. But it is a beau­ti­ful and heart­felt film that re­ceived co­pi­ous praise from crit­ics. Some­thing for the young, and clearly riff­ing off the suc­cess of In­side Out and its an­thro­po­mor­phised emo­tions, check out The Emoji Movie (Mon­day, 7.30pm, Fam­ily). TJ Miller voices the char­ac­ter of Gene Meh, a “meh” emoji, who none­the­less is ca­pa­ble of mul­ti­ple fa­cial ex­pres­sions, a big no-no in this fic­tional world.

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