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10 new films and TV shows landing this week

Bored? Us too! Drop the box set re-runs and settle down with this week's Muddy-curated guide to the best of the small screen.

Roadkill (BBC One, 18 October)

If the latest news from No 10 is giving you a tension headache, why not swap real politics for fiction? Hugh Laurie stars as a charismatic (and entirely fictional) Tory prime minister trying to out-run his secrets in this brand new political thriller written by The Hours and Collateral‘s David Hare.

Welcome To The Blumhouse: Nocturne and Evil Eye (Amazon Prime, 13 October) 

After chills and thrills? The next two films from Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios’ super-spooky collab land on Tues 13 October. Evil Eye, directed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (yes, we were surprised too), focuses on mother Usha and daughter Pallavi, whose new boyfriend has a dark secret. Meanwhile, Nocturne stars Sydney Sweeney as an introverted pianist living in the shadow of her talented twin – but things change when she finds the notebook of a dead fellow student.

Taskmaster (Channel 4, 15 October)

Our favourite comedy game show is back for its tenth season, this time with a new primetime slot at 9pm on Channel 4. This season’s line-up is stellar as ever; Daisy May Cooper, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan and Richard Herring battle it out to win the Taskmaster trophy.

Mo Gilligan: Black, British & Funny (Channel 4, 15 October)

No need to change the channel after finishing Taskmaster, as this brand new documentary airs straight afterward at 10pm. As part of Black History Month, comic Mo Gilligan meets some of the most pioneering black stand-ups in Britain, and asks why people of colour rarely break through to the mainstream circuit. Eye-opening stuff.

Riviera, Season 3 (Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, 15 October)

For a super-sleek slice of escapism (filming locations include Venice, Saint Tropez and Argentina), try Sky original Riviera on for size. Julia Stiles returns as main character Georgina, who’s starting life anew after the explosive finale of Season 2. Joined by new guy Gabriel, played by Rupert Graves (who you’ll know from Sherlock and Emma), she travels the world in search of stolen art – and is quickly drawn into a political conspiracy.

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix, 14 October) 

A brand new Halloween flick for the kiddos, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting sees Tamara Smart (who eagle-eyed watchers will know from The Worst Witch and Artemis Fowl) face off against the Boogeyman (an unrecognisable and gloriously hammy Tom Felton) when he kidnaps the little boy she’s babysitting.

Social Distance (Netflix, 15 October)

It was only a matter of time before someone made a TV show set entirely on Zoom, and this fictional eight-part series from the team behind Orange Is the New Black is Netflix’s offering. Famous faces include Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Oscar Nunez (The Office).

La Révolution, Season 1 (Netflix, 16 October)

And now for something completely different: how about a French-language sci-fi re-imagining of the French Revolution? Set in 1787, the show follows Joseph Guillotin, future inventor of the guillotine, as he discovers a mysterious disease that’s causing the aristocracy to commit mass murder.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix, 16 October)

A star-studded line-up for this political feature length drama centred on the so-called Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy after protests at Chicago’s 1968 Democratic National Convention turned violent. Big names include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – not to mention the director himself, Aaron Sorkin, who’ll you know from The West Wing and The Social Network.

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