Your guide to the week’s best TV

Hawke's Bay Today - - FRONT PAGE - — Calum Hen­der­son

Marvel’s Ru­n­aways, Sky 5, 7.30pm Thurs­day

The lat­est in a seem­ingly end­less line of TV to come out of the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse (an­other one, Cloak and

Dag­ger, pre­miered Fri­day on TVNZ On-De­mand), Ru­n­aways is kind of like Marvel’s an­swer to The Break­fast Club. Six dis­parate teen archetypes (the nerd, the jock and — up­dated for 2018 — the so­cial jus­tice war­rior) must put aside their dif­fer­ences to fight a com­mon foe: their par­ents, who they dis­cover are in some kind of weird sa­tanic cult. The first episode sets an in­trigu­ing scene (How’d that girl’s sis­ter die? Are the par­ents cooler than the kids?) for what prom­ises to be a fun se­ries — no prior Marvel knowl­edge re­quired.

Brain­storm, Duke, 9.30pm Thurs­day

New Zealand has proud his­tory of deeply sham­bolic, oc­ca­sion­ally ge­nius, low-to-no-bud­get TV. The lat­est ad­di­tion to this genre, TVNZ Duke’s

Brain­storm, takes its cues from the pop­u­lar Bri­tish show Taskmas­ter. It throws to­gether an un­likely bunch of Kiwi com­edy-celebs (Shav, Havoc, David Correos, Donna Brook­banks and Alan McEl­roy), sits them on Swiss balls in an oth­er­wise empty stu­dio and has host Matt Heath set them prob­lems to solve (global warm­ing, some­thing to do with throw­ing an egg . . . ) as cre­atively as pos­si­ble for ar­bi­trary points. Makes Jono and Ben look like The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show and 7 Days look like the 6 o’clock news.

No Of­fence, Vibe, 8.30pm tonight

This po­lice pro­ce­dural from Shame­less cre­ator Paul Ab­bott takes a bit of get­ting used to at first — the char­ac­ters we meet at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan are all pure com­edy, while the story is all gritty crime drama. Once you rec­on­cile the two, you’ll find it’s more or less the best of both worlds. Joanna Scan­lan leads the com­edy stakes as the un­fil­tered DI Viv Deering, rough as guts with a heart of gold. In this se­ries her team of deeply flawed but oc­ca­sion­ally bril­liant cops jug­gle com­pli­cated per­sonal lives while me­thod­i­cally solv­ing the case of a slip­pery se­rial killer.

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