7 unmissable things to watch on TV this week
Why scroll through the Radio Times when we know exactly what's good this week? From Succession's bold new series to a saucy dating / dancing reality mashup, here's what to watch.
Succession, Sky Atlantic, 18 Oct
Clear your schedule; it’s back. This countless-award-winning, vicious corporate dynasty drama returns after a bombshell season two finale. There’s hardly a shared moral to be found in the cast of characters, but the script is razor-sharp with wit and the acting unfailingly excellent. Who needs to root for some goodie-two-shoes?! Pull up a chair and watch things fall apart.
Impeachment — American Crime Story, BBC2, 19 Oct
The latest standalone series of this fact-based true crime drama is all about the lead-up to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. It’s chock-a-block with standout performances, particularly Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) as vengeful Linda Tripp, and the wide-eyed Beanie Feldstein (Ladybird; Booksmart) as Monica Lewinsky. Full marks for being co-produced by the real Monica Lewinsky, and for showing a rounded, woman-centric story of the event.
The Trick, BBC1, 18 Oct
Another fact-driven docu-drama, this tells the true and frustrating story of Phil Jones: a climatologist who, in 2009, was accused of overplaying the reality of climate change after his emails were hacked (spoiler alert: his data was sound). Essential viewing ahead of the Cop26 conference, and a great performance by The Crown‘s Jason Watkins.
Invasion, Apple TV, 22 Oct
Go on, let’s settle down with another shiny sci-fi series. This one boasts a tremendously creepy vibe, as it turns out that Biblical-plague-style natural disasters are in fact signs of the Earth’s invasion. The first three episodes will all be released at once, while for the remaining seven you’ll have to wait a week each time (so retro!).
I Like The Way U Move, BBC1, 19 Oct
In some kind of mash-up of Love Island and Strictly Come Dancing, this new BBC Three reality show sees potential love matches couple up to dance. Five rookies and five professional dancers have 24 hours to learn a routine together, on which their sexual chemistry will be judged. The professionals then have the option to switch rookie, so expect plenty of heartbreak along with the sizzle. Plus, they’re all living in a glossy villa — what kind of love contest would it be otherwise?
Leverage: Redemption, IMDb TV (via Amazon Prime), 22 Oct
The original Leverage series ran from 2008-12, a comedy-thriller that followed a Robin-Hood-style, do-gooder heist team as they fought government and corporate injustices. Freshly revived nine years on, this series sees the remaining group members get drawn back into their injustice-fighting ways under a new leader. The premise and plot don’t offer anything ground-breaking, but it’s a mindlessly fun, witty ride.
Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC1, 19 Oct
Another knock-out-the-park family history episode. This time, you can watch national treasure Judi Dench tear up on learning about astonishing familial links to Shakespeare.
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