Jaguars in Brazil, Maldivian manta rays, elephants in Kenya, humpback whales in the Arctic, pangolins in Cambodia – it’s hardly worth even asking what they have in common. The latest natural history series from the BBC’s famous saving-the-world department is, well, gloomy. In the ambitious Changing Planet (BBC Earth, now showing), six presenters have each chosen a habitat, to which they will return over the course of seven years to check on the ecological health of their turf. Or, as seems more likely, its terminal decline. As human population growth strains resources, commandeers more land, poisons the air, turns the oceans to plastic and takes a blowtorch to glaciers and polar ice, the prognosis for animal species, landscapes and seas is dire. Not that that will prevent Chris Packham (Iceland), Ade Adepitan (Kenya), Liz Bonnin (California), Gordon Buchanan (Brazil, scene of the recent murders of two conservationists), Steve Backshall (the Maldives) and Ella Al-Shamahi (Cambodia) illuminating any positive developments by reporting on the preservation efforts of scientists, activists and wildlife guardians. These include moves by communities in Tonlé Sap, in Cambodia, to protect Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake; a programme to help ranchers coexist with South America’s biggest cat, instead of shooting it; avoidance of cataclysmic Californian wildfires; and attempts to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade, fuelled primarily by demand from China and Vietnam. It’s in Cambodia that pangolin protectors strive to defend the world’s most trafficked animal, once almost obliterated by excessive use in traditional Chinese “medicine”. Tiger penis, powdered rhinoceros horn, pangolin scales … given the preposterous “medicinal” claims for such commodities, you don’t need a crystal ball to see which way these animals are going. What’s performance art really like? Find out at 3-day Hong Kong festival Team spirit Police officers and private investigators sometimes need extra help with their job – help from the great beyond, that is. Back in 1969, British detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) had one lucky gumshoe benefiting from the supernatural assistance of his late partner, murdered on assignment but still in the game as a ghost. Cafe Minamdang (Netflix) represents a more advanced stage in the evolutionary process. An intimidating, uncompromising female detective (Lieutenant Han Jae-hui, played by Oh Yeon-seo ), dressed by the wardrobe department in Matrix black, is spoken of by colleagues in awed tones as “the ghost of Yongjin Police Station”. And considering her seemingly supernatural fighting abilities, she may well be some sort of avenging spirit. She comes up against a charlatan shaman (aren’t they all?) in Nam Han-jun ( Seo In-guk ), who maintains an omniscient veneer to impress wealthy clients requiring a little personal problem solving. He is surreptitiously fed information that confirms his “powers” by his hacking and surveillance team, working from the cover of the titular café, including the particularly resourceful, chuckling, impertinent operative Nam Hye-jun (Kang Mi-na), who enjoys puncturing the ego of the comically vain psychic fraud. While not above shaking a magic rattle in the manner of a demented Morris dancer, Han-jun is so sure of himself he believes the lieutenant has the hots for him. Meaning, yes, this is another crime thriller with comedic characteristics, plus the inevitable romantic sparks between the two leads – and where would a Korean series be without romantic sparks? As the 18-episode first season deepens, however, these unlikely allies find they are on the same side when battling corruption at various levels of Korean society … even those on which the opinions of fake fortune-tellers are particularly valued. Also inevitable is the emergence of a long-obscured connection between the shaman and the lieutenant’s brother; and, less predictably, between the lieutenant and the shaman in a previous life – something not revealed by any crystal ball.