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For All Mankind season four review: Space race drama still a winner

This alternate history saga is as riveting as ever, but with added gravitas as it tackles questions also facing us in our world – such as how to convince people to act for future generations, says Bethan Ackerley

By Bethan Ackerley

22 November 2023

Episode 3. Masha Mashkova and Joel Kinnaman in "For All Mankind,"

Pilots Svetlana (Masha Mashkova) and Ed (Joel Kinnaman)

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For All Mankind
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi
Apple TV+

ONE of the most reliable shows on TV has to be For All Mankind. In part, that is down to its irresistible formula. This alternate history of the space race, in which the US, the USSR and North Korea have put humans on Mars, follows astronauts, engineers and scientists grappling with political barriers and the dangers of space. Research funding may flow freely, but the many nightmarish…

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