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Sofa day! 13 new TV shows and films to watch this week

With a new month comes new TV shows and films to sink your teeth into! From documentaries to festive flicks, here's what Muddy is watching this week.

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (Channel 4, 30 Nov)

Kirstie's Handmade Christmas

The queen of craft returns for the ninth (!) season of her Christmas competition. This week, the crafters battle it out to create the best decorated tree, and Phil Spencer shares his festive chutney recipe – ideal for make-ahead gifts.

Grayson’s Art Club: The Exhibition (Channel 4, 4 Dec)

Grayson Perry Art Club

If you loved Grayson Perry’s Art Club series, which debuted during the first lockdown and encouraged us all to find our inner artist (er, I’m still looking), then you have to catch up on this one-off special episode. In The Exhibition, Perry explores some of the best work made by the public this year at a new show at Manchester Art Gallery (sadly unable to open IRL due to tier restrictions).

Audrey: More Than An Icon (digital platforms, 30 Nov)

From the producers of the BAFTA-nominated documentary McQueen and 26-year-old British filmmaker Helena Coan, this brand new exploration into the life of the famously private Audrey Hepburn is perfect for anyone fascinated by old Hollywood. Crack out your pearls and LBD in homage while you watch.

Dolittle (Sky Cinema, 4 Dec)

Robert Downey Jr puts on his best Welsh accent (for some reason?!) for the role of the eccentric Doctor Dolittle, who is on the hunt for a miracle cure for a gravely ill Queen Victoria. Some big names in this one: Ralph Fiennes (who plays a tiger), Emma Thompson (a parrot), Rami Malek (a gorilla), Tom Holland (a dog) and Selena Gomez (a giraffe), as well as Jim Broadbent, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen as, erm, humans – phew!

Emma (Sky Cinema, 5 Dec)

If you missed this stylish new reboot of the Austen classic when it hit cinemas in February (ahh, remember cinemas?), then you can catch it on Sky this Saturday. Anya Taylor-Joy (who you’ll know now from excellent Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit) stars as the handsome, clever and rich – but ill-fated match-maker – Emma alongside Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart.

Critical Thinking (Sky Cinema, 6 Dec)

Speaking of chess, John Leguizamo directs and stars in this classic kids-from-the-street-make-good story. Inspired by the true tale of theMiami Jackson High chess team back in 1998, this is slightly predictable but heartwarming nonetheless.

Raised by Wolves (Sky Atlantic, 5 Dec)

A shiny new sci-fi original from HBO Max and directed by Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves stars Amanda Collin and Abubakar Salim as two androids raising human children on a desolate planet, after a religious war destroys Earth. Nice and cheerful, then.

Mank (Netflix, 4 Dec)

This supremely stylish 1930s-style flick from director David Fincher (who you’ll know from Gone Girl and The Social Network) revolves around the life of Herman Mankiewicz, the brilliant but alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter responsible for Citizen Kane. Gary Oldman stars as the titular Mank, but the whole film is packed with British talent, including Tom Burke, Charles Dance, Tuppence Middleton and Lily Collins.

Selena: The Series (Netflix, 4 Dec)

This musical biopic drama series from Netflix is based on the life and abrupt death of Mexican-American superstar Selena, aka the Queen of Tejano Music (played by The Walking Dead‘s Christian Marie Serratos). Expect lots of catchy music (obviously) and some excellent Eighties and Nineties fashion.

The 2nd (Netflix, 6 Dec)

Ryan Phillippe as a gritty action star? Stranger things have happened! This explosion-packed action flick stars the man himself as a Special Forces agent who must save a Supreme Court Justice’s daughter from a terrorist attack on a college campus. Standard day at the office, then.

The Earth at Night in Color (Apple TV+, 4 Dec) 

The only nature documentary narrator we’ll accept apart from Sir David? Tom Hiddleston. This clever docuseries from Apple was filmed across six continents and only during the three days either side of a full moon. It uses cutting-edge camera technology to capture animals’ nocturnal behaviour in full colour, all narrated by Tom’s dulcet tones.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special (Apple TV+, 4 Dec) 

Topping the list of ‘Bonkers TV Shows We Didn’t Know We Needed This Christmas’, Apple TV+ introduces Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. This unabashed cheese-fest features a story in which Mimi helps Santa to save Christmas, along with performances from Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Misty Copeland and Mariah herself (naturally).

Mulan (Disney+, 4 Dec)

Disney’s latest live-action remake lands on Disney+ this Friday, and gives the 1998 classic a glossy action-style makeover (Liu Yifei plays the title role) and a new magical enemy, the shapeshifting sorceress Xian Lang.

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