What’s on TV
SHE WALKS WITH APES (2020) 9 p.m. on BBC America. “As a kid, I was really desperate to find strong women role models that I could look up to,” Iulia Badescu, a Canadian primatologist, says in this documentary. She went through a Joan of Arc phase, and a Queen Elizabeth I phase. And then she found Jane Goodall. The documentary looks at the legacies of Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas, three women who found fame doing groundbreaking primatology work in the 20th century. It explores the influence of their studies on three younger researchers, including Badescu. The documentary is narrated by the actress Sandra Oh.
JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE (2020) 9 p.m. on National Geographic. For a deeper dive on Goodall, see this new National Geographic documentary, a follow-up to “Jane” (2017). “Jane” focused on Goodall’s formative years in the 1960s; “The Hope” looks at Goodall’s activist work from the 1980s onward.
FAUDA Stream on Netflix. Doron Kavillio, the Israeli counterterrorism agent played by Lior Raz in this action series, spent the previous season of the show hunting a powerful ISIS follower — a story line that allowed the series to lean heavily into issues of politics and religion. The show has a new lead writer, Noah Stollman (“Our Boys”), for its third season, but the setup is familiar: It drops Doron in the middle of a dangerous situation freighted with the baggage of current events. The story begins with Doron undercover in a Palestinian village, where he mentors a young boxer (Ala Dakka) while hunting the boxer’s cousin, a Hamas operative. “As always with ‘Fauda,’ the story spirals out in increasingly messy strands of betrayal and violence,” Mike Hale wrote in a recent article in The Times.
BUTT BOY (2020) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Yes, you read the title correctly. Yes, the movie is as weird as it sounds. This absurd dark comedy from the indie filmmaker Tyler Cornack revolves around a middle-aged man, Chip (Cornack), who develops a mysterious impulse that involves objects and his fanny. The situation escalates after Chip is asked by his local A.A. group to sponsor Russell (Tyler Rice), a detective working on a missing person case. Russell begins to suspect that the solution to his search lies within Chip. “No matter how weird or tasteless it becomes, the movie refuses to be dismissed as a juvenile provocation,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times. “It’s too clever for that, too sympathetic toward addiction and grief, and too understanding of the loneliness of the unloved.”