TV worth tuning into: what to watch this week
So... last week it was 24 degrees and now it's baltic, but that does mean you can hunker down in front of the box without feeling too guilty. Get something carby and put those feet up.
Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic (BBC One) – Mon 5 April
If you, like millions of others, binge watched Netflix documentary Tiger King in lockdown, Louis Theroux’s 90-minute revisit to his 2011 documentary America’s Most Dangerous Pets where he first met Joe Exotic, will serve as something of an epilogue. Joe Exotic is, of course, now incarcerated and Theroux aims to unpick his downfall and in doing so, meets up with his nemesis, Carole Baskin.
Australia: Earth’s Magical Kingdom (BBC Two) – Sun 11 April
This three-parter nature documentary, narrated by Barry Humphries no less, is a spectacular reminder of the harsh extremities of the Australian continent. Of course there will be spiders and snakes but there are also supercute marsupials and landscapes of epic proportions. And also, Barry Humphries.
Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure (C4) – Fri 9 April
Comedian Rosie Jones takes various guests on this four-parter travel show around the UK’s beauty spots and wilfully subverts the expected behaviour you should assume, when, say, you’re being shown how a traditional Cumbrian sausage machine works. In episode one, she takes Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffat to the Lake District and silliness ensues. Olivia Coleman narrates.
Snabba Cash (Netflix) – Wed 7 April
Not a rapper from 1992 but actually Swedish for ‘easy money’. This new Netflix original is based on a 2006 book, which then fuelled a 2010 film adaptation and is now being turned into a six-part series. Essentially, it’s about how disparate lives – a businesswoman, gang member and teenager – get intertwined in the desperate pursuit of money, all set in the bleak Stockholm underworld. Get ready for a good dose of Scandi gloom.
Thunder Force (Netflix) – Fri 9 April
What would happen if really ordinary people got superhero powers? Well, they turn into Spiderman, right? Or the Hulk? Or, as is the case in this Netflix Original full length comedy, they become Thunder Force – scientist Emily Stanton (Octavia Spencer) and her best friend Lydia (Melissa McCarthy), who has accidentally found herself in possession of new, powerful abilities. Now they just have to save Chicago…
Wellington Paranormal (Sky Comedy) – Mon 5 April
If you love Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorok, Jojo Rabbit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Jermaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords, the crab in, erm, Moana), you will think this mockumentary horror/police investigation spin-off from What We Do in the Shadows is just hilarious. Not only did the pair create it but they’ve been executive producers throughout and – finally – series one to three has made its way over from New Zealand. However, if you don’t recognise any of the words above, you’ll probably just find it very weird.
Grey’s Anatomy (Sky Witness) – Wed 7 April
Do you want to see the Covid pandemic dramatised with the help of some glossy looking Americans? Well, look no further as Grey’s Anatomy is back for its SEVENTEENTH series *phew* and this time the staff of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital have got a killer virus on their hands. They’ll be romance, drama, oxygen masks… the lot.
Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests (Sky Documentaries) – Sat 10 April
Myers Briggs Personality Tests are now de rigueur in the corporate world but this HBO documentary asks whether all human beings really do fit within 16 categories of personality and if it’s ethical and non-discriminatory to award jobs on account of people’s answers to what is essentially a quiz. If you’ve got children entering the job market soon, it might be worth a watch.
Palm Springs (Amazon Prime) – Fri 9 April
When a film has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and two Golden Globes nods for Best Picture and Best Actor, you should probably give it a go – even if it does look slightly ridiculous (science fiction romantic comedy, anyone?). SNL alum Andy Samberg is one of two guests (the other being Cristin Milioti) that meet at a Palm Springs wedding and get stuck in an infinite time loop. It’s meant to be truly brilliant. What else is there to say?