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CRAIG’S LAST HURRAH NO TIME TO DIE Amazon Prime
■ DANIEL Craig’s last outing as James Bond is now free to stream for Prime subscribers and it’s a suitably spectacular finale to his 007 tenure. Supposedly Bond is in retirement and kicking back in Jamaica but it’s not long before he’s drawn back into the spying game. Old CIA pal Felix Leighter (Jeffrey Wright) asks for his help in tracking down a kidnapped scientist who’s behind a deadly new technology and Bond soon finds himself at odds with former MI5 colleagues as he tracks down Rami Malik’s mysterious villain. There are plenty of thrills and spills as well as an explosive ending in Craig’s last hurrah and if you want to see how his run as 007 compares to others, the entire Bond back catalogue is now available to stream on Prime.
ON THE CASE
THE RISING Sky Max, Friday, April 22, 9pm
■ SUPERNATURAL deeds are afoot in this new eight-part thriller that starts in standard fashion with a murder – the twist here being that the victim, 19-year-old Neve Kelly (Clara Rugaard) doesn’t realise she’s dead until she returns home and realises nobody can see or hear her. Invisible to the living, she decides to investigate what happened to her and starts to unearth clues. The first episode gives us plenty to think about in what looks like an interesting new take on the standard murder mystery.
BACK IN TIME RUSSIAN DOLL Netflix
■ THE first season of Russian Doll got rave reviews and a cult following when it was first aired on Netflix three years ago so the second season comes with a lot of expectation. This time around the New York mystery thriller follows Natasha Lyonne’s Nadia as she discovers a portal in Manhattan that takes her back to 1982 and the roots of her traumatic past. You’ll have to pay attention in this twist-laden drama that takes us to to strange and dark places.
SAUL’S CONVERSION BETTER CALL SAUL Netflix
■ THE sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off is testament to the virtues of the kind of long-form storytelling that’s now possible on services like Netflix. Finally in this new season we see Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill transform into Saul Goodman, the sly lawyer who made such an impression in
Breaking Bad - and somewhere along the way he’ll run into Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) in what promises to be an intriguing encounter from a different perspective.
CLIMATE DIARY OUR CHANGING PLANET BBC One, Sunday, April 24, 7pm
■ AS the climate crisis grows ever more acute, the BBC is launching this seven-year diary documenting the fight to save the planet’s most threatened ecosystems. Six presenters – Liz Bonnin, Chris Packham, Steve Backshall, Gordon Buchanan, Ade Adepitan and Ella Al-Shamahi – will visit six habitats around the world and return over the next seven years to chart the changes they see and talk to the scientists and experts trying to make a difference. This ambitious documentary will cover California, Iceland, the Maldives, Brazil, Kenya and Cambodia to look at what can be done to restore the Earth’s natural balance.
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