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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark’ and ‘Fleabag’


An Iberian lynx at the Madrid Zoo in “Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark,” on PBS.

Joel Sartore Photography Inc.

Growl for the camera: The photographer Joel Sartore immortalizes more than 6,000 threatened species. And vent your rage alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge in her punching bag of a comedy.

What’s on TV

RARE: CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In the past 11 years, Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, has traveled to nearly 40 countries to document 6,395 threatened species for his Photo Ark project. (That’s 576 amphibians, 1,839 birds, 716 fish, 1,123 invertebrates, 896 mammals and 1,245 reptiles, so far.) His journey here takes him to Spain to shoot the Iberian lynx at a breeding center where conservationists are teaching that cat — once the world’s rarest — how to hunt rabbits, its main food source. Then he’s off to China, where scientists are working to save the Yangtze giant softshell turtle, of which only three survive, by artificially inseminating the last known female. And in Cameroon, he glimpses a Cross River gorilla in the wild, and takes a nap in its nest. But the real highlight, Mr. Sartore says, is extracting beetles from cow dung — because every creature counts.

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM: DIRECTOR’S CUT (2000) 9 p.m. on Flix. Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans are an ensemble tour de force as four addicts — a Brooklyn pretty boy, his mother, his girlfriend and his pal — who are destroying themselves as they search for a reality-blurring high. It’s a downer and a knockout, and shown here the way its director, Darren Aronofsky, intended it.

What’s Streaming


Phoebe Waller-Bridge in her Amazon show, “Fleabag.”

Amazon Studios

FLEABAG on Amazon. In her 20s, Phoebe Waller-Bridge found herself confused about what makes a good feminist and how much sex women should have. She wove her deliriously smutty preoccupations, along with a wallop of rage, into “Fleabag,” a show at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe that, once she hit her 30s, she spun off into this series about a sexually rapacious, anger-riddled, flailing London cafe owner. A second season is scheduled for next year, which means we’ll just have to keep watching this one over and over until then.

STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) on Sundance Now. Jonathan Demme shoots David Byrne and Talking Heads in performance in what many critics consider one of the best concert films, with a visual style “as coolly iconoclastic as Talking Heads itself,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times.


Yael Stone and Noah Taylor in the detective series “Deep Water.”

Acorn TV

DEEP WATER on Netflix and Acorn TV. “Orange Is the New Black” fans know Yael Stone as Lorna Morello, the ruby-lipped, hard-on-the-ears Litchfield Penitentiary inmate suffering in hilarious romantic delusion. In this Australian thriller, she’s virtually unrecognizable as Tori Lustigman, a police detective investigating a vicious killing with sexual undercurrents in a Sydney suburb. But when a clue links the case to a similar one from 26 years earlier, the detective uncovers 70 possible murders of gay men, spanning decades along New South Wales’s glorious shoreline — and the possibility that the culprit is back at it.

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