TV Saviours! What to watch this week
Another seven days to roll around the house, eat crisps, pretend to homeschool and daydream about the return of double-figure temperatures. Here's some fun TV to make it *slightly* more interesting.
Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK (BBC3) – 14 Jan
Series 2 is here and with it, 12 new fabulous queens looking to top the podium. The judges are as before: the glorious Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr while celebrity guest judges look set to include Liz Hurley, Sheridan Smith, Lorraine Kelly and Dawn French. Can’t. Wait.
The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV) – Mon 11 Jan
Everyone’s favourite Gaston, Hollywood’s Luke Evans, returns to his motherland to lead this three-part series retelling the 2006 solving of four cold murder cases from the 1980s. New advances in forensics were the key to cracking the case but the team were under pressure as the main suspect, already in prison, was up for parole. A lovely three-day treat for true crime fans.
Night Stalker: Hunt for a Serial Killer (Netflix) – Wed 13 Jan
Gather round true crime fans. Back in 1984 and 1985, LA was held hostage to a serial killer who, unlike most black-hearted psychopaths, had no ‘type’ of victim; child, pensioner, black or white – he just picked off who he could get. The city’s terror was palpable and this four-parter documentary takes you, the viewer, through the timeline, piecing together evidence as you go as the case’s two detectives, Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno, raced to find the killer in among Los Angeles’s heatwave-baked streets. Thrilling.
Wonder Woman 1984 (PVOD on Amazon, Apple and Sky) – Wed 13 Jan
If you’re missing the cinema and 2020’s big hitters, Wonder Woman 1984 is being released as a PVOD (Premium Video On Demand) on various platforms for the princely sum of £15.99. It’s had mixed reviews (compared to the stellar ratings of Diana Prince’s first outing) but it’s still Gal Gadot kicking ass so what’s not to love?
One Night in Miami (Amazon Prime) – Fri 15 Jan
Regina King directs this feature-length fly-on-the-wall fictionalised meeting of some of the leading names in America’s Civil Rights Movement. Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree) come together in a Miami hotel room in February 1964 following the latter’s win over Sonny Liston. What they discuss has just as much relevance today as it did then.
Blithe Spirit (Sky Cinema) – Fri 15 Jan
The Noel Coward classic is in the hands of Spooks and Downton Abbey’s Edward Hall here as novelist Charles Condomine (Dan Stevens) and his wife, Ruth (Isla Fisher) embark on a seance to come up with material for his next book but end up summoning his dead wife (Leslie Mann) instead. Cue awkward love triangle. Dame Judi Dench holds the crystal ball as the Madame Acarti.
Wandavision (Disney +) – Fri 15 Jan
In a departure from the usual shock and awe that populates the films, the Marvel Universe has turned its attention to TV here in a nine-part series and, to match the medium, the content is more domestic too. Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) attempt to settle into everyday life following the events of Avengers: Endgame but alas, life is not quite as they imagined.