Pass the remote! 5 best things to watch this week
Forget flicking aimlessly through the channels, cut through the TV guff with our round-up of the best new releases to watch this week.
Ladhood, 16 Aug, BBC One
BAFTA-nominated Liam William’s buildingsroman dark comedy returns to The Beebs for a second season to explore the construction of modern-day masculinity. In episode one, Liam looks to his adolescence to find a time he was truly happy (it’s funnier than it sounds, promise). Watch weekly, or binge the lot on BBC iPlayer now.
Changing Rooms, 18 Aug, Channel 4
Would you let your neighbour have free reign to decorate your home? If the answer is ‘absolutely not’ but you’d like to watch people do it on the telly for entertainment then you’re going to want to tune in for the reboot of nineties makeover show Changing Rooms. Naked Attraction’s Anna Richardson and flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen present.
Nine Perfect Strangers, 20 Aug, Amazon Prime
If you enjoyed the twisty drama of Big Little Lies then you’re going to love this: produced by the same team and based on Liane Moriarty’s New York Times best-seller, Nine Perfect Strangers explores the darker side of the wellness industry and how far people will go on their quest for enlightenment (spoiler: very). Nicole Kidman shines as spooky wellness guru Masha, plus appearances from Melissa McCartney and Welsh hottie Luke Evans.
Annette, 20 Aug, Amazon Prime
The brainchild of French film director Leos Carax and the Sparks brothers, there’s been a buzz surrounding this rock opera since its debut at Cannes Film Festival – namely because of a puppet child made out of wood (yes really) and a raunchy musical sex scene between Hollywoods newest man crush Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Weird yet totally watchable.
The Chair, 20 Aug, Netflix
Netflix’s new comedy/drama follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the first woman to chair the English department at the fictional Pembroke College, as well as hiccups in her private life. Easy, bingeable viewing.