Many of us craned our necks to the heavens last week to see if we could spot the SpaceX Dragon craft soar into orbit to the International Space Station.
We did it not to marvel at the ingenuity of sending men off our little rock, though.
It was more about wishing we could join the escaping astronauts – away from shady, invulnerable political advisers, racist police and the fact the planet they were vacating is riddled with a deadly virus.
Perhaps it was a coincidence but Netflix debuted their astro-comedy, Space Force, last week.
Anchor Man star Steve Carell is the four-star general who commands the budding, shambolic orbital wing of the US military.
Most of the satire pokes fun at this organisation but, although the real USA have coincidentally announced they are planning to create a real military space agency last year, there’s no escaping the jokes are being aimed at something which doesn’t yet exist.
A few jabs at the real-life Moron-In-Chief currently occupying the White House aside, the satire doesn’t quite burn its targets with the rocket-fuel intensity of, say, Veep.
There are a couple of belly laughs here and there, but Carell maintains a precise trajectory between pompous and likeable.
Not quite the right stuff…but maybe on the next orbit.
Space Force, Netflix, streaming now.
Bake Off: The Professionals, Channel 4, Tue
Sometimes it takes a few soggy bottoms before you get the recipe exactly right. Bake Off: The Professionals returned last week for a fifth series and yet another new line-up.
This time, former GBBO contestant Liam Charles has been added to the line-up, but judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden – Bond villain and girl names if I’ve ever heard them – also return. Quite right, too, as those two have probably kept the spin-off from being scraped into the bin.
The first episode made us marvel at the contestants’ technical wizardry. Especially impressive given we’ve all been baking less-than-professional efforts at home over the past few months…
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