Feet up: 7 things to watch this week
A week's worth of great telly content, picked out across the channels and streaming sites. Put your feet up and settle in with one of these great things to watch.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Sky Cinema, 26 Feb)
Already tipped for the Oscars, this biopic follows one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time in her complex, tumultuous affair with Jimmy Fletcher. Fletcher, a black federal agent, was investigating her as part of an undercover narcotics sting when they fell for each other. With beautiful, vintage visuals, this powerful story is told against a backdrop of appalling racism and iconic jazz.
Escape from Pretoria (Amazon Prime, 26 Feb)
Blimey Harry, you’ve grown a beard. This gripping thriller sees Daniel Radcliffe playing an anti-apartheid activist who manages to break out of jail after being sentenced to twelve years imprisonment. The film is based on the escape in 1979 of three political prisoners in South Africa. It’s based on the experiences of Tim Jenkin, one of the real life escapees who wrote a book in 2003 about his experience.
Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites (C4, 22 Feb)
Need help getting out of a cooking rut? Ah, we know just the man to help. You do wonder at what point Jamie Oliver will run out of things to cook for the nation, but for now he returns for a series to give much-needed CPR to the home-cooking repertoire. In this episode he re-invents the roast potato (*gasps of outrage*) by serving roast chicken with giant, tray-baked, smoked-mozzarella-stuffed gnocchi. Alright, we’ll give it a whirl.
Dating No Filter (Sky One and Now TV, 25 Feb)
In this new dating show with a Gogglebox twist, comedians watch and commentate as people go on first dates. Daisy May Cooper, Joel Dommett, Josh Widdicombe, and Tom Allen will sit back in comfort and analyse all the awkward silences, first date nerves and sparks flying. Not limited to dinner, the singletons will have to undergo ice-breaker activities that vary from axe throwing to visiting a goat farm. Get ready to laugh, cringe, and become instantly hooked.
You Should Have Left (Sky Cinema, 27 Feb)
This is a comfortingly silly horror movie, stars Amanda Seyfried and Kevin ‘EE’ Bacon as a couple and their young daughter on holiday in the Welsh countryside in a large, Grand Designs-esque modern house. They start to notice strange goings-on and …. well, just make sure you have a cushion to hide behind.
Attenborough’s Life in Colour (BBC1, 28 Feb)
All hail! The utterly brilliant David Attenborough explores the many ways animals use colour in this new series, with some mind-boggling technology using cameras built especially for the show and revealing a world normally invisible to human eyes. This first episode focuses on the incredible detail of a peacock’s tail and shows how colour is central to the lives of animals in ways we can’t begin to imagine.
Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance (BBC1, 24 Feb)
In theory the world doesn’t need another game show, and lord knows Gordon Ramsay is marmite on telly, but we’re in for the first one at least. Pairs of contestants balance different sized stacks of gold bars on a platform based on how many questions they get right. The more bars they get, the closer they are to a jackpot of £100,000, but equally the more likely they are to tip everything over. OMG the jeopardy. Think Pointless meets The Cube with acerbic contributions from Ramsay. You never know, it could actually work.