13 new shows and films to watch this week
Baby, it's cold outside! We'll be staying in the warm and snuggling down on the sofa to watch these brand new drops on the small screen
The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown (BBC One, 7 Dec)
Dawn French dons the dog collar once more for three 10-minute specials airing weekly on BBC One. While in lockdown, Geraldine delivers sermons to the residents of Dibley via Zoom – once she gets the hang of it.
Lily: A Transgender Story (BBC Three, 7 Dec)
A fascinating documentary on the process of transition from the POV of Welsh teen Lily Jones, who made the five-year journey from male to female starting when she was fifteen.
Ava (Netflix, 7 Dec)
Jessica Chastain stars as a black-ops assassin who must escape hits on her own life after a job goes wrong and she incurs the wrath of Colin Farrell. John Malkovich pops up as a boss/father figure hybrid doing his best to protect her.
Stage Mother (Netflix, 7 Dec)
Lucy Liu and Jacki Weaver star in this comedy about a conservative Southern choir director who is left a struggling San Francisco drag club by her late son. A surprising tearjerker with plenty of excellent drag cameos.
How to Get Away With Murder, Season 6 (Netflix, 9 Dec)
ABC’s bloody crime drama show starring Viola Davis finally comes to a close, with its sixth and final season landing on Netflix this Wednesday. Perfect for a binge-watch if you love a show with more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction.
The Prom (Netflix, 11 Dec)
There are almost as many stars as there are sequins in this glitzy Netflix original musical from the creator of Glee. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Andrew Rannells headline as Broadway stars descending on an Indiana high school after a principal and head of the PTA (played by Keegan-Michael Key and Kerry Washington) ban a lesbian student from attending prom with her girlfriend. High key camp at its finest.
Euphoria (Now TV, 7 Dec)
Fresh from her Emmy win, Zendaya returns as troubled teen Rue for two standalone specials of this edgy HBO show about teenage angst in America (think Skins, but way more stylish).
Love Sarah (Sky Movies, 9 Dec)
Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones and Bill Paterson star in this British heartwarmer. After the titular Sarah (played by former Bake Off winner Candice Brown) passes away, her daughter, mother and best friend join forces to open up a Notting Hill bakery in her honour.
Little Women (Sky Cinema, 11 Dec)
Greta Gerwig’s award-winning adaptation of Little Women lands on Sky Movies this week, so if you haven’t had a chance to catch Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Florence Pugh all bonnetted up, now’s the time. If nothing else, you’ll want to see Timothée Chalamet in a cravat.
Tin Star: Liverpool, Season 3 (Sky Atlantic, 10 Dec)
Tim Roth makes his final return as gritty ex-cop Jack in the third instalment of Tin Star, where the action returns to the family’s hometown of Liverpool. After his turn as a police chief undercovering corruption in the Canadian Rockies, Jack and his wife and daughter face off against their enemies on home turf.
The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Sky Documentary, 13 Dec)
Dig out the flares for the first-ever feature documentary on the Bee Gees, directed by filmmaker Frank Marshall (director of Seabiscuit and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Talking heads include Noel Gallagher, Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake, as well as Barry Gibb himself.
The Wilds (Amazon Prime, 11 Dec)
Need a new mystery to sink your teeth into? This 10-episode drama about a group of teen girls who have to survive on a desert island after a plane crash could be just the ticket. The Bermuda Triangle may or may not be involved.
I’m Your Woman (Amazon Prime, 11 Dec)
Rachel Brosnahan (who you’ll recognise from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) swaps her 50s curlers for a 70s blowout in this crime drama about a woman who’s forced to go on the run with her baby when her husband gets in hot water with some dangerous people.