Sputnik (Cert 15), On Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store

In 1983, commanding officer Konstantin Veshnyakov (Pyotr Fyodorov) and co-pilot Kirill Averchenko (Aleksey Demidov) complete their mission aboard the Orbita-4 spaceship.

Before they re-enter Earth's atmosphere and return home as heroes, something otherworldly attaches itself to the crew's module in deep space.

When the men touch down in Soviet Kazakhstan, Averchenko is dead - eviscerated in his spacesuit - and Veshnyakov is gasping for air between coughs of blood.

Colonel Semiradov (Fyodor Bondarchuk), who oversees the All-Union Scientific Research Institute, invites renegade clinician Tatyana Klimova (Oksana Akinshina) to offer her expert opinion of Veshnyakov.

The patient has recovered from his ordeal at remarkable speed and appears to be suffering from amnesia.

With the reluctant help of research director Yan Rigel (Anton Vasiliev), Tatyana discovers that an extra-terrestrial parasite is nestled inside Veshnyakov's throat and is forming a symbiotic bond with its unsuspecting host.

Sputnik is a robust science-fiction thriller which establishes an intriguing dramatic premise then struggles to achieve a satisfying payoff.

First-time director Egor Abramenko withholds our first contact with the alien invader for almost 30 minutes then proceeds to let his special effects wizards hold court, conjuring icky death sequences for nameless supporting cast.

Lead actor Akinshina, best known for her award-winning title performance in Lilya 4-Ever, descends through the layers of Tatyana's psyche as her damaged heroine wrestles with terrible sacrifices in the name of scientific advancement.

Oleg Karpachev's militaristic, drum-laden score is stirring and unsettling - more so than our close encounter with Abramenko's vision.

Lovecraft Country on NOW TV

Based on Matt Ruff's novel, Lovecraft Country is a 10-part HBO drama which is broadcast simultaneously in the UK on Sky Atlantic in weekly instalments and streams exclusively on NOW TV.

Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) is determined to track down his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams) in racially segregated 1950s America.

He embarks on a road trip with good friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B Vance) into the beating heart of white states, where racism is the least of the group's worries.

Atticus, Letitia and George also face monstrous beasts that could have thundered off the page of a novel penned by HP Lovecraft.

Batwoman - The Complete First Season (Cert 15) on All 4/Amazon Prime Video/iTunes and other download and streaming services, on DVD £29.99/Blu-ray £39.99

Ruby Rose dons the mask of Bruce Wayne's crusading cousin Kate Kane in an action-packed TV series based on the colourful DC Comics character of the same name.

It has been three years since billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) disappeared from Gotham City and Batman stopped protecting residents from dastardly criminal masterminds.

Authorities prepare to retire the Bat Signal only for a new face of evil to emerge.

Alice Kane (Rachel Skarsten), who was presumed dead, runs amok as leader of the Wonderland gang, which intends to sow seeds of fear by detonating a bomb in a city park.

Alice's father Jacob (Dougray Scott), who is head of a private security firm, enlists the help of his other daughter Kate (Rose) to neutralise the threat posed by her sister.

Kate is shocked to learn the truth about uncle Bruce's secret identity and she collaborates with Wayne Enterprises employee Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) to don her own figure-hugging bat suit and become a new figure of hope for Gotham's people.

The five-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include all 20 episodes plus a behind-the-scenes featurette and delete scenes.

NCIS: Los Angeles on NOW TV

Members of the team led by Senior Field Agent G Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and second in command Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) come under attack in Iraq in the popular drama based around the investigations of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Also this series, Eric (Barrett Foa) is shell-shocked by the departure of intelligence analyst Nell (Renee Felice Smith) and a dodgy arms deal forces the team to collaborate with dodgy British geezers Dorsey (Vinnie Jones) and Bolton (Steve Valentine).

Meanwhile, Callen's girlfriend Anna (Bar Paly) makes a bold decision about her future.

The five-disc DVD box set includes all 22 episodes plus three behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted and extended scenes.

We're Here on NOW TV

Over the course of 12 main series and numerous spin-offs including a UK edition, RuPaul's Drag Race has brought the art of drag into mainstream pop culture and made global stars of some of the most outspoken and colourful competitors.

Season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen, season 10 finalist Eureka O'Hara and fan favourite Shangela Laquifa Wadley draw inspiration from Queer Eye to beautify small cities and towns across America in this unscripted series, which screens on Sky One and streams exclusively on NOW TV.

Dressed to the nines and serving plenty of realness, the three queens meet the challenge of transforming locals into fierce and fabulous drag divas with limited resources.

Teenage Bounty Hunters (10 episodes, streaming from August 14 exclusively on Netflix, Comedy/Drama/Action/Romance)

Sixteen-year-old twin sisters Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) and Sterling Wesley (Maddie Phillips) aren't content with navigating the choppy waters of their elite high school where popularity can be fleeting.

The siblings also crave excitement by working part-time with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison).

Keeping this lucrative sideline secret from their parents Anderson (Mackenzie Astin) and Debbie (Virginia Williams) as well as Sterling's boyfriend Luke (Spencer House), the girls careen through a dangerous world of bail-skipping rogues.

Rival bounty hunter Terrance Coin (Method Man) tests Blair and Sterling's sisterly solidarity as the teenagers contend with homework and hormones on the mean streets of Atlanta.

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Battle lines are drawn in the fourth and final series of the dystopian Brazilian thriller, set in a Hunger Games-style near future where 20-year-old participants from the Inland are given one chance to prove if they in the lucky three per cent who deserve to graduate to the prosperous Offshore.

In these concluding instalments, members of the Shell, a self-governed alternative to the Inland and Offshore, prepare to go to war as the 108th edition of the sorting process begins.

Joana (Vaneza Oliveira) and Natalia (Amanda Magalhaes) are fully reconciled after the harrowing events of the third series.

They contemplate a diplomatic visit to the Offshore along with Elisa (Thais Lago), Gloria (Cynthia Senek), Marco (Rafael Lozano), Michele (Bianca Comparato) and Xavier (Fernando Rubro) that could light a fuse on the destruction of their divided world.

The County (Cert 15, 92 mins, Curzon Artificial Eye, available now exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema, available from August 17 on DVD £19.99, Comedy/Drama/Romance)

Reynir (Hinrik Olafsson) and his wife Inga (Arndis Hronn Egilsdottir) are hard-working cattle farmers who are beholden to a co-operative run with an iron fist by Eyjolfur (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson).

He buys their dairy products and also provides supplies at vastly inflated prices.

After Reynir dies in a car accident, Inga is forced to stand on her own two feet and she discovers she is heavily indebted to the co-op like many members of the local dairy farmers association.

Rather than capitulate, Inga shocks everyone including Reynir's good friend Fridgeir (Sveinn Olafur Gunnarsson) by publicly exposing the co-op's heavy-handed tactics, which are enforced by Eyjolfur's thuggish sidekick Leifur (Hannes Oli Agustsson).