This rather funny series from Britain stars Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint as a young man diagnosed with cancer who later discovers he is not ill at all but decides to maintain the pretence because of how much better people are treating him. To wit: his girlfriend decides not to break up with him, his boss (American actor Don Johnson, of Miami Vice fame) decides not to fire him, and the attention and sympathy from his female co-workers doesn’t seem to go astray either. Of course, Grint’s character Daniel finds himself enmeshed in a web of lies of his own making. Seasons one and two debut together here; the latter features actress Lindsay Lohan as Katerina, the daughter of Johnson’s character Kenny West. Also starring Nick Frost as Dr Iain Glennis. This terrific Australian export, which first aired for two seasons locally on Stan before being adapted for the US on CBS’s streaming service with the help of Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die, returns today with its second American season. No Activity stars Patrick Brammall as detective Nick Cullen alongside Tim Meadows as his partner Judd Tolbeck. Both are low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together talking nonsense, and too little time learning how to catch bad guys. The returning cast includes Jake Johnson, Amy Sedaris, Jason Mantzoukas and JK Simmons, who are joined this season by Jessica Alba and Black Mirror’s Cristin Milioti, among others. No Activity has escaped the shadow of its original Australian incarnation and is now a pleasingly entertaining experience. F is for Family Streaming on Netflix from Friday Continuing the theme of blue-collar comedy discussed on the previous page apropos The F is for Family Conners, check out season three of the excellent animated series F is for Family. It is created by Michael Price ( The Simpsons) and actor Bill Burr, who also voices the main character. Frank Murphy is a war veteran who now works for a dodgy regional airline in the baggage department. He is trying to keep his family intact; his rants are extremely profane and just as hilarious. And his wife Sue and their three kids — and another on the way — are dealing with their own frustrations. It is a small masterpiece. If you are a fan of 1980s martial arts films — and speaking recently to The Last Ship’s Bren Foster, I know for sure it’s not only me — Kickboxer: Retaliation (Friday, 8.30pm, Action) is a mustwatch. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Game of Thrones’ Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, Christopher Lambert, Ronaldinho and Mike Tyson. Let that all sink in. Alain Moussi plays the new protagonist, though, with Van Damme delivering some mentoring and pithy one-liners. Will there be a training montage featuring shins v palm trees as per the original? Most likely modern OH&S standards say no. For another — albeit different — dose of 1980s nostalgia, Review’s Graeme Blundell has selected Gorky Park (Saturday, 8.30pm, Fox Classics) for his presentation this week. Starring William Hurt, Lee Marvin and Brian Dennehy, among others, it tells the story of a Moscow police officer investigating a triple homicide who stumbles into an international political conspiracy. On p4 you can read all about Elsa Pataky’s latest role in Netflix’s Tidelands. Here, her husband, Chris Hemsworth, stars with Michael Shannon in 12 Strong (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere) based on the true story about the US special forces team that toppled the Taliban.
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