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Settle in! 7 super shows on the box this week

The TV fields are flourishing with a great crop of content! Returning to much aplomb are Derry Girls and the Kardashians (potential great spinoff?) plus political intrigue, and more.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Derry Girls, C4, 12 April

They’re back! This critically-acclaimed, side-splittingly funny series about a group of teens growing up in 90s Northern Ireland returns for its third and final series. There are talks of political peace after years of fighting, but the girls (and ‘wee English fella’) are far more bothered about school and social dramas, as per. Due to scheduling issues with Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan’s Clare takes a bit of a back seat, but the show retains its irresistibly charming mix of nostalgic realism with exaggerated effect. Now, fingers crossed for a Derry Girls film…

Gentleman Jack, BBC iPlayer, 10 April

It’s series two of this smart, original period drama about the life of Anne Lister, a real 19th century lady in rural Yorkshire who left behind explicit diaries of her cross-dressing and lesbian exploits. Witty, romantic, and wildly entertaining, this season sees Anne battling with the closed-minded family of her wife Ann Walker. The Ann/es secretly and unofficially married at the end of the last series — and did so in real life, too, in perhaps the UK’s first ever gay marriage, back in 1834. Suranne Jones continues to be brilliant in the central role, sensationally shaking up Sunday night TV.

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, Britbox, 14 April

Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, and Will Poulter (Dopesick) star in this Agatha Christie adaptation that fits snugly into exactly what you want an Agatha Christie adaptation to be. Witty, well-acted, with plush costuming, a grand location, and plenty of twists. Nothing ground-breaking: just a good bit of TV, like pulling on a freshly-laundered but comfortingly old jumper.

The Kardashians, Disney+, 14 April

Guilty reality TV fans, unite! The Kardashians have a new home on Disney+ and have undergone a slight rebrand (notably, losing three words of their title). Kanye West is gone and the production is slicker, but it’s the same family, the same obsessions. Go on: get into your comfies and get lost in it.

Anatomy of a Scandal, Netflix, 15 April

Adapted from the popular novel by Sarah Vaughan, this political thriller miniseries traces a wild scandal after a British MP is accused of sexual assault and attempts a cover-up. Rupert Friend (Homeland) and Sienna Miller (The Girl) star as the rising Tory MP and his wife, caught in a tabloid storm as allegations of an affair turn into something darker.

Outer Range, Amazon Prime Video, 15 April

Picture an atmospheric, vast American ranch run solemnly by the rugged Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men). There’s eerie Western music playing. Got it? Now throw in some aliens. That’s Outer Range: an old-school cowboy figure in an old-school cowboy setting dealing with a weird, extra-terrestrial abyss. There are twists, there are stunning shots of Wyoming hills, there’s an almost lyrical soundtrack… you kinda have to see it to get it.

Roar, Apple TV, 15 April

A riotously genre-bending feminist anthology, this offers eight separate, female-centred stories. It stars Nicole Kidman, Meera Syal, and Merritt Wever (The Tourist) among others, and is made by the team behind Glow — much to recommend it already. Spanning comedy, horror, realism and more, the storylines vary from a woman who compulsively eats photographs to a determined, horse-riding woman on a 19th century prairie. Talk about range.

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