Watch this! 10 TV shows and films to make your week
Anyone for a little escapism? Indulge your inner couch potato with 10 brand new releases to watch this week including Honour with the ever-brilliant Keeley Hawes.
Honour (ITV, 28 & 29 September)
Keeley Hawes stars as Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in this two-part crime drama based on the real-life ‘honour killing’ of Banaz Mahmod in 2006. It’s harrowing stuff, especially as the show focuses on how police failed to take the threat against Banaz seriously – it’ll stick with you long after it airs. Catch up on the ITV Hub.
Life (BBC One, 29 September)
If you loved Doctor Foster, then this six-part spin-off from the same creators will come as a pleasant surprise. Life tells the story of four sets of neighbours living in Manchester, and stars a pretty stellar cast including Alison Steadman, Peter Davison, Adrian Lester, Victoria Hamilton and Rachael Stirling.
The Comey Rule (Sky Atlantic, 30 September)
This must-see miniseries based on former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty is guaranteed to be a water cooler moment (albeit virtually) – not least due to Brendan Gleeson’s frankly unnerving turn as Donald Trump. Stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels as the man of the hour.
Welcome to Sudden Death (Netflix, 29 September)
Apparently a sequel to Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1995 film Sudden Death (although it looks more like a reboot judging by trailers), this sports-themed beat-’em-up stars martial artist Michael Jai White as Jesse Freeman, a former Special Forces officer now working as a security guard for a high-tech basketball stadium. When terrorists capture Jesse’s daughter and the basketball team’s owner, he sets forth to dish out some high-kicking justice.
Pose, Season 2 (Netflix, 1 October)
Ballroom is back, baby! The hit US FX series on Vogueing and the Nineties New York ballroom scene returns to Netflix just as we were starting to crave a little glamour in our lives. As always there’s plenty of grit among the glitter (the AIDS crisis and issues of race and class loom large), and parts will leave you weeping into your sequins. Tens, tens, tens across the board!
Dick Johnson Is Dead (Netflix, 2 October)
Staging the death of your dad in various circumstances might seem like a strange way to deal with a dementia diagnosis, but it seems to have worked for documentary film-maker Kirsten Johnson – her film starring her 86-year-old father scooped a Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Festival. For a subject so sad and inevitable, it’s strangely uplifting.
Emily in Paris (Netflix, 2 October)
Gossip Girl meets The Devil Wears Prada, all from the creator of Sex and the City. Lily Collins stars as Midwest millenial and the titular Emily, who lands a dream job with a fancy French marketing company despite, er, speaking no French at all. Watch for the fantasy escapism of gay Paris, the sexy Gallic love interests (bonjour Lucas Bravo) and the Patricia Field wardrobe.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix, 4 October)
Sir David’s dulcet tones return to our screens with this brand new nature documentary looking back on his incredible 60-year career and the impact of climate change on the natural world. The stats are shocking, of course, but it’s not all doom and gloom – if we act quickly.
Onward (Disney+, 2 October)
If you didn’t catch Pixar’s latest in cinemas before everything went into lockdown, good news – it’s coming to Disney’s streaming platform this week. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland voice elf brothers Ian and Barley, who embark on a bonkers road trip in an attempt to bring back their dad for one day. Expect tears. In a good way.
Brave New World (Sky One, 2 October)
Sky’s glossy new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel of the same name has an impressive cast, including Demi Moore, Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay, and Game of Thrones‘ Harry Lloyd (although you might not recognise him without the Targaryen wig). CGI landscapes, drug use and orgy scenes abound (so teens may prefer to watch without mum and dad).