Top 10 things to watch this week
We know it's still light outside but if you've no midsummer parties planned, why don't you come inside, put the kettle on and settle down to some excellent television?
Murder by the Coast (Netflix) – Wed 23 June
Ooh, there’s nothing like some true crime investigation to get your inner Miss Marple going, is there? Here, the crime in question is the murder of teenager Rocio Wanninkhof in 1999 as she walked the 500m from her boyfriend’s house to her home on the Costa Del Sol. Her mother’s former partner Maria Dolores Vázquez was charged and found guilty. But when another young girl was murdered four years later, in similar circumstances, it became clear the killer was still at large. Two years of research has resulted in this 90 minutes documentary which will investigate one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in Spain’s history.
Too Hot to Handle (Netflix) – Wed 23 June
Can’t wait until Love Island comes back on our screens next week? Well, this will do nicely to pass the time. Season two of this LI dupe is back and if you’re not clear on the premise, gorgeous singles are transported to a tropical beach to mingle but to win the prize of $100,000, they have to abstain from any sort of touching. Expect a selection of impossibly sculpted 20-somethings from across the globe, all with an eye on lucrative partnership deals once the series has wrapped. Cynical? Moi?
Good on Paper (Netflix) – Wed 23 June
America’s female stand-up contingent is coming to the fore in this full length film that is directed by Kimmy Gatewood (The Apple Sisters; GLOW) with a screenplay by Iliza Shlesinger (NBC’s Last Comic Standing winner in 2008). Shlesinger also plays the lead, Andrea, a stand-up comic who, after years of putting her career first, finally finds a good man to settle down with. Or so she thinks… Romantic comedy also starring Ryan Hansen and Margaret Cho.
Diana (ITV) – Thurs 24 June
This 90-minute documentary by Bafta award-winning Jemma Chisnall marks what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. Including contributions from her friends, colleagues and staff and previously unseen footage, it follows her journey from a shy nursery teacher in West London to the world’s most famous woman. Naturally, it addresses the tabloid attention she both courted and endured, but also re-examines her ability to connect with people, making her the Princess of Hearts and, tragically, the most mourned person that ever lived.
Wolfgang (Disney +) – Fri 25 June
Not Mozart. The other one. You know, that Austrian super chef that through wit, nous, superb marketing and excellent cooking became the world’s first celebrity chef and paved the way for every reality TV cooking show. Wolfgang Puck may be in the autumn of his life now but in the Seventies and Eighties he transformed the US cooking scene and then went on to build a global empire. This 78-minute documentary by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) looks at his incredible success and the childhood difficulties that spurred him on.
PRIDE (Disney +) – Fri 25 June
To mark Pride month, Disney + is broadcasting a six-part docuseries with each episode helmed by LGBTQ+ directors that delve into LGBTQ+ rights in America over the past 70 years: The Lavender Scare of the 1950s; the first Gay Pride march of the Seventies and the culture wars of the Nineties. Another episode explores the legacy of videographer Nelson Sullivan who documented downtown New York as the AIDS epidemic hit. Consider it an education.
The South Bank Show (Sky Arts) – Thurs 24 June
Polymath Melvyn Bragg is back for the umpteenth series of the cerebral arts show – and the season kicks off with Bragg talking to Breakthrough Artist nominees for this July’s South Bank Show Awards. Singer songwriter Arlo Parks, 20, is up next to the big man along with emerging playwright Sam Bailey.
Kindred (Sky Cinema) – Fri 25 June
This Sky Original film has echoes of Misery with its creeping claustrophobic panic. Charlotte (Tamara Lawrance), heavy with child, collapses on hearing about the accidental death of her boyfriend Ben. When she wakes, she finds herself being cared for in a crumbling manor house by his mother (the awesome Fiona Shaw) and his stepbrother, Thomas. But do they care about her, or once the baby arrives, will she be surplus to requirements?
Glastonbury in the 90s (BBC Two) – Fri 25 June
Did you make it to Glasto in the Nineties? If you didn’t (or if you did, but have very hazy memories – no judgement here, girls), the BBC is running a whole weekend of nostalgia so we can relive the revelry from the comfort of our nice comfy – and dry – sofas. This one hour documentary focusing in on Britpop and tents floating down Worthy Farm is essentially a gateway to loads of history-making performances shown on BBC Two and Four over the entire weekend; Radiohead, REM, Kylie, Al Green… dig out your bucket hat and wellies and settle in.
Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow (Sky Documentaries) – Sun 27 June
Well, this has been one of the more extraordinary and sordid stories of recent times. The youngest of Robert Maxwell’s nine (!) children, Ghislaine lived a gilded life of incredible fortune and freedom of movement. She was also close pals – and one-time lovers – with Jeffrey Epstein and this three-part documentary aims to untangle that relationship and how, a woman with every conceivable leg-up in life, ends up in prison charged with sex trafficking minors.