TV tonight: horror and absurdity in Putin’s Russia

Horror and absurdity jostle for space in this fascinating documentary about the 2020 poisoning of Russian dissident lawyer Alexei Navalny. At various points, the details feel almost comical and the tone of the doc something approaching jaunty (Navalny was watching Rick and Morty when the poison kicked in, and there’s a diversion involving some poisoned underpants). But the story is, of course, deadly serious: the future of Russia as a democracy is at stake and Navalny’s near-death experience is a warning to other dissidents. Phil Harrison