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What’s in: what to watch this week

Rubbish weather got you down? Settle on the sofa with a cuppa and binge-watch some of these new TV and film releases instead.

The BAFTA TV Awards (BBC One, 31 Jul)

2020’s TV BAFTAs are looking a little different (unsurprisingly) – tune in to BBC One at 7pm on Friday to watch Richard Ayoade hosting this year’s socially distanced ceremony. What’s the likelihood of a winner accidentally muting their Zoom call during their acceptance speech, do we think? Place your bets now.

The Umbrella Academy, Season 2 (Netflix, 31 Jul)

The long-awaited second season of Netflix’s original series The Umbrella Academy lands at the end of July – if you have Marvel addicts in the family, this black comedy about a family of superheroes will go down a treat. Starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J Blige.

Charlie’s Angels (Sky Cinema, 31 Jul)

If you missed the Elizabeth Banks reboot of this classic flick last year, you can catch it on Sky Cinema (and on NOW TV with a Sky Cinema Pass) from this Friday (31 Jul). Leading lady Kristen Stewart will either inspire you to take up kickboxing or get a pixie cut. Or potentially both.

Knives Out (Amazon Prime, 31 Jul)

This is such a fun film. From Daniel Craig’s southern states accent to Ana de Armas’s breakout performance (not to mention the superlative cast – Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer to name a few), there’s so much to love. It’s an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery set in a gothic Boston mansion. A delight for the eyes and the mind.

Muppets Now (Disney+, 31 Jul)

The Muppets meet modern tech (which is just as bonkers as it sounds) in this brand new show for Disney+. From celebrity video calls to YouTube-style cooking shows, this unscripted 6-parter boasts star guests including Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza and RuPaul. One for nostalgia fans and families.

How to Build a Girl (Amazon Prime)

This new film adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name is worth watching just for Nineties nostalgia alone – and is particularly poignant on the back of Q Magazine closing. It tells the story of an awkward Wolverhampton teen reinventing herself as a quirky music journo, and there are more celeb cameos than you can count (Emma Thompson, Alfie Allen, and er, Mel and Sue, to name a few).

Prodigal Son (Sky One, 28 Jul)

Prodigal Son Sky One

This dark detective show from across the pond should satisfy crime fans after something a little meatier – not least because it features Michael Sheen doing his best Hannibal. It stars Tom Payne as criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright, whose father (Sheen) was a notorious serial killer nicknamed The Surgeon. Packed with black humour.

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