Co-created by Apollo 13 director Ron Howard, this six-part space saga blends drama and documentary in compelling style.

It follows the fortunes of a fictional rocket crew as they begin a new life on Mars in 2033, with their story broken up by scientists explaining how technology will soon be in place to support a successful mission to the Red Planet and mass migration from Earth.

If anything, the real-life science is even more gripping than the action: among the obstacles to be overcome is intense radiation and freezing temperatures of -125˚C, plus a toxic atmosphere that is 95 per cent carbon dioxide. Takers, anyone?