8 things to watch to keep January Blues at bay
Mid-January, you say? T minus two months until spring, but in the meantime, help the long winter nights pass by with Muddy's top TV and film picks for the week.
Bullet Proof South Africa (Sky One) – Wed 20 Jan
Have you a hankering to watch something highly unlikely, adrenaline-inducing but still very entertaining? Well, look no further than this Sky One three-parter. Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke are back as East End cops Pike and Bishop who just *happen* to get involved in a kidnapping plot during their holiday to South Africa. One minute it’s pina coladas by the pool. Next, you’re fighting a local crime ring. That’s just the life of a cop.
The King of Staten Island (Sky Cinema) – Fri 22 Jan
You may know Pete Davidson for his Saturday Night Live performances (or that he was once engaged to Arianna Grande). Either way, here he is leading this highly-rated Judd Apatow full length comedy-drama about a young wannabe tattoo artist still struggling with the death of his firefighter father during 9/11.
Call my Agent! (Netflix) – Thurs 21 Jan
This is the final series of the French lockdown sleeper hit that details the worlds of French showbiz PRs and the lengths they’ll go to for their clients. If you haven’t indulged yet, lucky you: you have four series to run at. If you’re up to speed, relish the final episodes (and Sigourney Weaver ramping it up as the spoilt Hollywood diva). A delight.
Booksmart (Netflix) – Sun 24 Jan
Olivia Wilde (who you may have noted is now dating Harry Styles) directed this 2019 widely acclaimed coming-of-age film that follows two high school graduates as they aim to break all the rules on their last day of school. Lead Beanie Feldstein was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance.
Winterwatch (BBC Two) – Tues 19 Jan
Ah, Chris Packham. Ye of flaxen mane and infectious enthusiasm for small mammals and migrating birds. Yes, it’s time to spend two weeks wondering if the baby owls have really been abandoned or has mum just been scouting for a particularly tasty rabbit? And if the weather is making the prospect of going outside a drag, just the BBC camera crew bring the beauty of frost-bitten England to your television screens.
The Investigation (BBC Two) – Fri 22 Jan
*TRUE CRIME KLAXON*. There’s been a lot of these shows on recently but that must surely mean there’s an appetite for it. And this drama is Swedish so it will – no doubt – get a little dark. The Investigation is a retelling of the 2017 murder where journalist Kim Wall boarded a submarine with Danish entrepreneur Peter Madden and was never seen again. Thankfully, this six-parter focuses on the technical aspects of the police work as well so it’s not overwhelmingly bleak.
It’s A Sin (C4) – Fri 22 Jan
Russell T Davies, who wrote Queer as Folk and many a Doctor Who episode, is back with this highly anticipated drama following three young gay men (Olly Alexander, Omari Douglas and Callum Scott Howells) who move to London in the early Eighties just as the AIDS crisis begins to rear its hideous head. And while a plague settles on the community, denial, conspiracy theories and recklessness abound. Expect euphoria and despair in equal measure.
Wonder Woman 1984 (PVOD on Amazon, Apple and Sky)
If you’re missing the cinema and 2020’s big hitters, Wonder Woman 1984 is being released as a PVOD (Premium Video On Demand) on various platforms for the princely sum of £15.99. It’s had mixed reviews (compared to the stellar ratings of Diana Prince’s first outing) but it’s still Gal Gadot kicking ass so what’s not to love?