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7 shows you don’t want to miss on TV this week

Need something to curl up with? We've got seven sumptuous picks for you, from a brilliant British remake of Call My Agent! to the second stunningly styled series of Noughts + Crosses.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Ten Percent, Amazon Prime Video, 28 April

Nothing but good things have gone into this. A British remake of the beloved, snarky French series Call My Agent!, it’s made by the creator of Twenty Twelve and W1A and is studded with stars: David Oyelowo, Phoebe Dynevor, Helena Bonham Carter, and the like. Don’t expect a carbon copy of the French series (and thank God, too — those are the worst kinds of remake), as the comedy here is entirely British. Full of cynical, sighing wit, it smacks of a classic.

Grace, ITV, 24 April

Back for series 2, John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who) plays detective Roy Grace, tackling a grisly conspiracy and a dismembered body — all in a day’s work. Adapted from Peter James’s crime novels, it’s well-plotted and (buzzword alert) gritty stuff.

Gaslit, StarzPlay, 24 April

Julia Roberts is magnetic in this as Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon’s corrupt attorney general (Sean Penn), who spoke openly about the Watergate scandal and ended up literally kidnapped for it. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how wild that is: her own husband was involved in her sedation and kidnap because she wouldn’t stop talking to the press. Does it make for a good TV show? Hell yeah — outrageous, darkly funny, gratuitously styled.

Imagine, BBC1, 25 April

You’d be hard-pressed to have a dull time with Miriam Margolyes. Talking through her recently-published autobiography, this cackles its way through wild anecdotes, old photos, TV roles and (many iconic) chat show appearances. Charles Dance and other famous colleagues join in to reminisce.

Noughts + Crosses, BBC1, 26 April

Gorgeous to look at, series 2 of Malorie Blackman’s childhood-defining books hits our screens this week. A classic forbidden love story yet with a twist, Noughts + Crosses imagines a reverse-racist world resplendent with pan-African fashion and architecture. We pick off where the first season left off, with interracial lovers Callum and Sephy on the run and political chaos blooming around them.

Shining Girls, Apple TV, 29 April

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in this surreal, glitching serial killer crime drama that begins by confusing you and then rapidly draws you in. Jamie Bell (still forever Billy Elliott to me — sorry Jamie) and Phillipa Soo (original cast of Hamilton) also star.

Grace and Frankie, Netflix, 29 April

Netflix’s longest running original series reaches its glamorous, sanguine conclusion. It’s a good ending, thank goodness: almost poignant yet very funny, staked on a strong foundation of friendship. You can believe real-life besties Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin had an absolute whale of a time making it.

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