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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Jack Irish’ and ‘Swiped’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

The Australian noir series “Jack Irish” returns on Acorn TV. And “Swiped,” a documentary on dating apps, begins on HBO.

What’s Streaming

JACK IRISH on Acorn TV. Guy Pearce is back for a second season of this Australian conspiracy thriller. Based on the novels by Peter Temple, the series follows the titular character, a former lawyer turned investigator out to uncover the shady workings of corrupt institutions. Season 2 opens with Jack, still recovering from a breakup, re-entering the legal world. Soon enough, he gets pulled out of his mundane job to look into the suspicious deaths of international students from a private college. Marta Dusseldorp returns as his former flame, while Danielle Cormack joins the cast as his new one.

REL on Fox.com and Hulu. This new Fox comedy wastes no time setting up its plot. Rel (Milton Howery) is still in shock over his wife’s having an affair with his barber. After she moves to Cleveland with their children, he grapples with the aftermath on the West Side of Chicago with the support of his widower father (David Adkins, better known as Sinbad), newly out-of-jail younger brother (Jordan L. Jones) and best friend (Jessica Moore), who tries to set Rel up with a woman whose loose boots make him cringe. There’s some witty dialogue, but beware the laugh tracks.

GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI (2018) on Amazon, Google Play, Hulu and YouTube. The idiosyncratic model, singer and actress Grace Jones has said that watching this documentary “will be like seeing me almost naked.” Filmed in cinéma-vérité style, the director Sophie Fiennes followed Ms. Jones for years during performances, backstage, in the recording studio and at home, in the United States and in Jamaica. The result is an intimate portrait that introduces us to Grace Jones, the person, rather than the entertainer (though there’s plenty of glamorous concert footage to enjoy). Wesley Morris named the movie a Critic’s Pick in his review for The New York Times and wrote, “In a movie about someone who has shown you everything, what you’re looking for is something you never expected to see. ‘Bloodlight and Bami’ delivers.”

SWIPED: HOOKING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE (2018) 10 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. Tinder. Bumble. OkCupid. Coffee Meets Bagel. People have plenty of dating apps and websites to choose from. But their experiences on the platforms range from harmless to menacing. Nancy Jo Sales wrote a viral Vanity Fair article on the issue in 2015. She continues her research as the director of this new documentary, which centers on six young people from across the United States who have searched for love in the digital world. Industry leaders, academics and experts weigh in on how the trend has transformed modern relationships.

ALOHA BUILDS 10 p.m. on DIY. A brother-and-sister team remodel worn-out properties in Hawaii in this new series. Their first project is a beach house for a newlywed couple.

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