Pass the remote! 6 things to watch this week
Sofa surf your way through the week with these brilliant new releases, from dystopian dramas and bonkers reality TV, to rom-coms perfect for V-Day.
Soulmates, (Amazon Prime Video, 8 Feb)
If you could take a test to find your soulmate, would you do it? That’s the premise of this intriguing six-parter dystopian anthology. Set 15 years in the future, each episode focuses on fresh characters at various stages of their relationship and explores same sex, open, and post-divorce relationships. Think Black Mirror meets First Dates.
Nuclear, (Sky Cinema, 9 Feb)
If you’re looking for a light-hearted watch then keep scrolling. After escaping to the countryside with her mother following a traumatic event, the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred when 14-year-old Emma (Emilia Jones) meets a local boy (played by 1917 breakout star George MacKay). They explore the disused power plant that casts a shadow over the village. What could possibly go wrong?!
2 Dope Queens: Season 2, (Sky Comedy, 9 Feb)
Looking for laughs? This podcast turned stand-up TV hit is a dead cert for brightening your lockdown blues. Hosted by US comics Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, the two women chat all things fashion, dating, Trump and what it means to be a black woman in America. It’s hilarious, edgy and and celebrity-studded. The first episode features Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o.
Extraordinary Escapes, (C4, 10 Feb)
Sandi Totsvig has swapped Bake Off for the open road in this new series that sees her travel to fabulous staycation destinations across the UK. Each week she takes a famous friend along. First she’s off to Suffolk with Alison Steadman to explore moated cottages and medieval priories. It’s just the sort of wholesome content we need to balance the grit of all those gripping murder/thriller/crime series we’re inhaling in lockdown (plus, we might want a few fresh UK ideas up our sleeve if a foreign holiday is off the cards this summer).
To All The Boys: Always and Forever, (Netflix, 12 Feb)
Haven’t heard of the To All The Boys films? Ask your tweens and teens. Based on Jenny Han’s novel series of the same name, the Netflix Original rom-coms are some of the most watched films on the streaming platform since they were released in 2018. The third and final film follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor) in her senior year as she takes two life-changing trips to Korea and New York. Then we watch her navigate that classic teen dilemma of whether to choose a different college to boyfriend Peter (Noah Centineo). It’s American high school drama at its best.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, (Amazon Prime Video, 12 Feb)
Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) and Kyle Allen (American Horror Story) star in this YA take on Groundhog Day, from Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman. Two teens find themselves stuck in an infinite time loop, living the same day over and over.
The Masked Singer Final (ITV, 13 Feb)
Would we be watching this show if life was completely normal? Probably not. But are we desperate to find out the secret celebrity identity hidden inside the giant Sausage costume? Absolutely. (Our bet’s on Stacey Solomon or Sheridan Smith). The final of the most bonkers singing show on TV concludes this weekend with the remaining three acts revealed.
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