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New TV alert! 6 shiny things dropping this week

We're getting into prime autumn telly season, with three — count them, three! — hotly-awaited series returns this week. Read all about them (as well as the other shiny new releases) here...

Sex Education, 17 Sept, Netflix

Sex Education is back for a long-awaited third season this Friday — but then, you probably already knew that, because everybody’s talking about it. If you’ve yet to watch it, this wince-inducing smash-hit comedy series follows the teenage son of a sex therapist who winds up running an unofficial sexual health clinic for his schoolmates. The third season sees Moordale High come under a new, strict Headmistress who seeks to put a stop to all sexual freedom. Something tells us that won’t get in the way of the sex montages…

All Creatures Great and Small, 16 Sept, C5

Channel 5 turned over a new leaf of original drama with the knockout success of All Creatures Great and Small (and Christmas special) last year, so the second series is already a hot talking-point. Based on James Herriot’s novels about his experiences as a vet in the Yorkshare dales, it hits all the great period drama tropes: an unbelievably beautiful setting, a will-they-won’t-they-romance, kooky supporting characters, and a hefty dose of heart. Settle in: this is what autumn nights are made for.

The Morning Show, 17 Sept, Apple TV

Wow, three eagerly-awaited returns in a row… what a week! Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon continue to nail it in this drama about a fictional American Breakfast TV show, which addresses real life occurrences. Season 2 sees the emergence of coronavirus as a talking point in global news, and the characters deal with the impact of Season 1’s bombshell finale.

Help, 16 Sept, C4

Whether you’re ready or not, the pandemic is creeping onto our TV screens… here, Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star in C4’s new, poignant drama set in a Liverpool care home as the pandemic properly breaks. It’s a one-off, two-hour special that sees Comer playing a carer, slowly finding self-belief in the process of managing her particularly difficult patients.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, 17 Sept, Amazon Prime

Whack on those false eyelashes, dust the mud off your stilettos… this new adaptation of West End knockout Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is all about finding and celebrating your glamorous self. It tells the story of bullied 16-year-old Jamie, whose heart is set on being a drag queen, and if the cast (and early reviews) are anything to go by, it’s a fabulous, joyous romp. Ok, we already know the storyline but there’s a lot of fun, laughs and fab costumes along the way. Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) star.

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain, 14 Sept, C4

People of the world, spice up your life! Channel 4’s new documentary series uses rare footage and interviews to chart the impact of the Spice Girls and their sugary girl-power message on global feminism, as well as their rise to stardom. Nostalgia and sofa-grooving guaranteed.

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