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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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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