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Damon Smith reviews the latest download, streaming and DVD releases

Steve Carell as Mark R Naird in Space Force
Damon Smith

SPACE FORCE (10 episodes, streaming and available to download from May 29 exclusively on Netflix, Sci-Fi/Comedy/Drama/Romance)

GREG Daniels, creator of the American version of The Office, reunites with actor Steve Carell for this 10-part workplace comedy inspired by the creation of the United States Space Force in 2019 under President Donald Trump.

Highly decorated pilot, General Mark R Naird (Carell), accepts the responsibility to lead the newly established Space Force from a remote base in Colorado.

Mark uproots his wife Maggie (Lisa Kudrow) and daughter Erin (Diana Silvers) from their cosy lives in Washington DC to shepherd a misfit team of scientists with one goal: to put American troops on the moon by 2024.

Lead advisor Dr Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich) and right-hand man Dr Chen Kaifang (Jimmy O Yang) provide data to guide the mission.

Meanwhile, media consultant Tony Scarapiducci (Ben Schwartz) slavishly presides over every social media post to ensure Space Force's high-profile and expensive launch generates positive publicity.

:: ALEX RIDER (8 episodes, streaming from June 4 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Action/Adventure)

ADAPTED from Point Blanc, the second novel in the Alex Rider series penned by Anthony Horowitz, this action-packed eight-part Amazon Prime Video series introduces TV audiences to a teenage hero with a daredevil future.

Alex Rider (Otto Farrant) lives in London, where he has been trained – unknowingly – since childhood to operate in the dangerous world of global espionage.

The young man is haunted by the unexplained death of his uncle Ian (Andrew Buchan) in a head-on collision.

Alex follows a chain of evidence to MI6 chief Alan Blunt (Stephen Dillane), who recruits the 14-year-old to help his top-secret department solve the murders of two billionaires.

Both victims had sons enrolled at the Point Blanc boarding school, located high in the French Alps.

Alex travels to the school to investigate owner Dr Hugo Grief (Haluk Bilginer) and uncovers skulduggery above the snowline.

Marli Siu as Kira and Otto Farrant as Alex Rider

:: SNOWPIERCER (10 episodes, starts streaming and available to download from May 25 exclusively on Netflix, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Thriller)

THE last remnants of mankind huddle together on a perpetually moving train in the dystopian fantasy drama Snowpiercer, adapted for the small screen by Graeme Manson from the 2013 film written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, Oscar winner for Parasite.

The 10-part series imagines a grim, dystopian future in which the surface of the Earth is an uninhabitable, frozen wasteland.

Almost nothing can exist in sub-zero temperatures so survivors cram together in 1001 carriages of a state-of-the-art train, which continually circles the globe.

The poor, sick and disadvantaged are consigned to rear coaches, where they formulate a plan under Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) to overwhelm the guards and storm the front coaches, which are the preserve of the rich and privileged.

Unfortunately, sadistic train company executive Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connolly) meets resistance and defiance with violence and intimidation.

Lola Pettigrew as Amber and Fionn O'Shea as Eddie in Dating Amber

:: DATING AMBER (Cert 15, 92 mins, streaming from June 4 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, Comedy/Romance)

LOVE is a many splendored yet painfully complicated thing in writer-director David Freyne's youthful romantic comedy, which premieres on Amazon Prime Video this week.

Normal People star Fionn O'Shea plays nice guy Eddie, who is tired of his classmates speculating about his sexuality.

Fearful of how his parents (Aidan Gillen, Sharon Horgan) will react when they learn he is gay, Eddie forges a pact with fellow misfit Amber (Lola Pettigrew) to publicly date.

It's a fake relationship of mutual convenience – like Eddie, Amber is gay and hopes to use their burgeoning 'romance' as a cover to explore her sexuality.

Standing side by side, Eddie and Amber embark on parallel journeys of self-discovery to embrace their identities and face their fears.

:: SPYCIES (Cert U, 99 mins, Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment, available from June 1 on Amazon Prime Video/BT TV Store/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, available from June 8 on DVD £15.99/Blu-ray £19.99, Animation/Adventure/Comedy)

MISMATCHED secret agents race against time to save the world from disaster in a computer-animated caper with a strong environmental message, directed by Guillaume Ivernel.

Disgraced feline secret agent Vladimir flouts authority too many times.

He is removed from active duty and demoted to guard duties for a top-secret classified material called Radiuzite on an offshore platform.

Vladimir licks his wounds in the company of an enthusiastic rookie partner, a rat named Hector.

Alas, the Radiuzite is stolen by high-tech thieves on Vladimir and Hector's watch and the two operatives put their obvious differences aside to complete a fast-paced mission impawsible.

They must track down the stolen material before the bad guys can abuse it to wreak ecological chaos.

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