“We are spirits in the material world,” warbled Sting, inadvertently predicting the advent of Netflix series Mystic Pop-Up Bar . And that’s precisely what the staff of a temporary Seoul eatery turn out to be: a couple of spectres at their own feasts, served at their seemingly normal downtown cafe. There, they delve into the secrets of the subconscious, helping enraged, aggrieved, sorrowful or otherwise disturbed humans settle scores or make amends, all by entering their dreams. The impossibly glamorous proprietress is Weol-ju (Hwang Jung-eum), who, despite appearances, is a 500-year-old ghost. She has been sentenced by the queen of the spirit domain to comfort 100,000 people in the living realm: punishment for Weol-ju’s bestowing a curse on her town and hanging herself from a sacred tree. But her dispensing of spiritual salvation has hit the buffers. Even with help from fellow phantom Guibanjang (Choi Won-young) her deadline is looming and she remains nine mortals short – with eternal damnation awaiting should she fail. Luckily for her, however, superpowers habitually spring from unexpected sources: enter Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae), a timid shop assistant from whom the slightest touch sends any troubled individual into a dream state, allowing Weol-ju and company into “the black hole of the soul”. All 12 episodes of series one bring wit, warmth and insight to unravelling the secrets of the subconscious. Tragedy, comedy, romance, fantasy and more come oozing out as Weol-ju’s “customers” are blessed with redress. A succession of strong scripts isn’t the only “special” on the menu, either. Hwang is compulsively watchable as the unconventionally irascible eatery boss, doling out as much rebuke as spiritual salve. Matthew Rhys stars as legendary lawyer Perry Mason in new adaptation Viewers of a certain vintage may recall Hollywood heavyweight Raymond Burr as titular courtroom hero Perry Mason. The Los Angeles criminal defence lawyer’s cast-iron popularity has entitled him to multiple series since he first appeared on the small screen 63 years ago. The latest executive producer to recognise the exalted lawyer’s appeal is Robert Downey Jnr, whose company is behind the expertly crafted incarnation now showing on HBO (Mondays at 9am; re-runs at 10pm) and HBO Go. A laconic Mason starts out as a downbeat private investigator, a washed-up slob with egg on his tie – or is it mustard? He’s haunted by the horrors of World War I, estranged from his family and adept at dragging despair from the bottom of a bottle. Matthew Rhys is the suitably tousled Mason, John Lithgow is embattled lawyer and part-time Mason sponsor E.B. Jonathan and Juliet Rylance plays Della Street, Jonathan’s secretary and the team’s real motivational force. And 1930s LA, in its period-detail perfection, shimmers in the Californian sun, while Perry Mason steeps in literary pedigree, having been created by noir-thriller writer Erle Stanley Gardner, whose novels have sold more than 300 million copies. When he died in 1970, Gardner was the bestselling writer in history, and he’d have felt right at home in Downey’s re-creation of Mason’s world.