TV picks of the week

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An­gela Lans­bury, Emily Wat­son and Michael Gam­bon star in this lat­est, three-part adap­ta­tion of Louisa May Al­cott’s much-loved Amer­i­can Civil War-set novel about the lives and loves of the four March sis­ters. ‘‘Direc­tor Gil­lian Arm­strong’s fem­i­nist spin on clas­sic ma­te­rial re­tains the hu­man­ity of Al­cott’s novel, while re­work­ing it with wel­come fresh­ness,’’ wrote TV Guide’s Ethan Al­ter. The Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous star’s lat­est travel adventure takes her 3200 kilo­me­tres across the Land of the Ris­ing Sun, from the icy East Siberian Sea to the sub­trop­i­cal is­lands of the south in this three-part, 2016 se­ries. Fabrice Lu­chini and a won­der­fully acer­bic Juli­ette Binoche star in this 2016, early 20th-cen­tury-set black com­edy about the rather clumsy in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of tourists in France’s north­ern climes. While the Ab­bot and Costello-es­que de­tec­tives bum­ble their way to the truth, a bud­ding ro­mance be­tween lo­cal boy Ma Loute Bru­fort and the vis­it­ing Bil­lie threat­ens to ex­pose many longheld se­crets. A quirky tale com­pellingly told. Joel McHale and Stephen Fry star in this 2016 US sit­com about an adventure re­porter who must adapt to the times when he be­comes the boss of a group of mil­len­ni­als at an on­line mag­a­zine. Con­tin­ues week­nights. Look out for New Zealand’s Kim­ber­ley Cross­man in episode two. ‘‘McHale, as he proved on Com­mu­nity, has great tim­ing, and he’s aided by his of­fice col­leagues, es­pe­cially the de­light­fully dead­pan Fry, who com­bines sweet and weird. With its of­fice-as-asy­lum at­mos­phere, Great In­doors echoes NewsRa­dio, not a bad in­flu­ence,’’ wrote Bos­ton Her­ald’s Mark A Peri­gard. The Lord of the Rings tril­ogy’s Eli­jah Wood nar­rates this 2015 doc­u­men­tary on the re­mark­able story of Tomi Fu­jiyama, the world’s first Ja­panese coun­try mu­sic su­per­star. – James Croot THREE years af­ter the fall of the Juras­sic World theme park, the rep­til­ian res­i­dents of Isla Nubar are fac­ing an even big­ger threat.

A long dor­mant vol­cano on the is­land off the coast of Costa Rica is very ac­tive, threat­en­ing an ex­tinc­tion-level event.

That leaves hu­man­ity with a co­nun­drum, de­scribed by me­dia as ‘‘the flash­point an­i­mal rights is­sue of our time’’. Should we save these re­cently rein­tro­duced crea­tures, or let na­ture take its course?

For­mer op­er­a­tions man­ager for the park, Claire Dear­ing (Bryce Dal­las Howard) knows what she thinks. Now the or­gan­iser of the Di­nosaur Pro­tec­tion Group, she has been lob­by­ing hard for Fed­eral fund­ing to get the di­nosaurs repa­tri­ated. Crushed when it is de­nied, she finds an un­ex­pected life­line from the ail­ing ge­netic sci­en­tist Ben­jamin Lock­wood (James Cromwell) who, through his aide Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), asks for help in res­cu­ing as many species as pos­si­ble.

In par­tic­u­lar, they are keen to se­cure the last liv­ing ve­loci­rap­tor, Blue. But for that, Claire will have to seek out and per­suade its for­mer trainer and her es­tranged beau Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to make the jour­ney with her.

Like the fran­chise’s (now on its fifth in­stal­ment in 25 years) con­tin­ued warn­ing about man med­dling with na­ture, Fallen Kingdom is a lov­ingly crafted film that is, un­for­tu­nately, way out of bal­ance. There’s far too many re­calls, riffs and fa­mil­iar beats from both the ear­lier movies and other Steven Spiel­berg tales (al­though at least one Raiders of the Lost Ark rip-off will raise a wry smile). On the other hand, there’s not nearly

Chris Pratt plays di­nosaur re­searcher Owen Grady.

Emily Wat­son stars in the lat­est adap­ta­tion of Lit­tle Women.

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