Westworld is back to bend minds, Donald Glover's Atlanta heads to Europe and Simon Pegg spearheads a cyber defence in The Undeclared War.
Sky Atlantic, 2.00am
Series three of the thrilling and philosophically confounding Westworld moved beyond the walls of the titular AI theme park and into the real world, imagining a dystopian future where society is governed by a deterministic algorithm.
Trailers have been released for series four and confirmed the returns of most of the familiar hosts and humans. But there is no way to predict what turns it will take, especially when creator Jonathan Nolan intends to reinvent it with each season.
All we know is that it picks up seven years after the end of series three to spin a “dark odyssey about the fate of sentient life on Earth.” And the theme park du jour is a 1930s Mafia gangland.
Aids: The Unheard Tapes
BBC Two, 9.30pm
When the AIDS crisis struck Britain, a small group of researchers began recording audio interviews with those infected and their friends. Frank, intimate and sometimes funny, so truthful were the resulting interviews that the British Library archived them for posterity.
They have never been broadcast before, but this new innovative three-part documentary series brings them to life using actors to lip-sync the testimonies. And complementing them are modern day interviews from activists, scientists, doctors and nurses who worked through the crisis.
Donald Glover’s singular tragicomedy heads to Europe as Earn (Glover) manages his cousin and up and coming rapper Alfred, aka Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry), on his European tour. His seat on the plane was touch and go in series two, but the ruthless stunt he pulled on Clark County (RJ Walker) to avoid a run in with airport security won back Alfred’s favour.
Joining them is their stoner sidekick and comic standout Darius (LaKeith Stanfield), while life goes on back home in Atlanta as seen through Earn’s dreams.
The Undeclared War
Channel 4, 9.00pm
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Drawing from meticulous research, RTS Award-winner Peter Kosminsky (Britz) imagines a scarily near future cyber war for a new thriller starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Adrian Lester (Line of Duty).
It follows a team of analysts in GCHQ who are secretly working to fend off cyber-attacks in the run up to a general election. When a routine stress test of internet infrastructure goes awry, 21-year-old intern Saara Parvin (Hannah Khalique-Brown) is thrust onto the frontline of a war largely unseen but with the potential for devastating consequences.
The Terminal List
Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) brings his signature high-octane action to the small screen with an adaptation of Jack Carr’s eponymous novel, the first of five in a series.
Chris Pratt stars as Lieutenant Commander James Reece, a Navy SEAL who suffers a tragic ambush on his last deployment which kills his entire unit. Upon his return, his family are murdered, and when Reece realises that his own government is responsible for both, he sets out for ruthless revenge.