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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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