What’s in: what to watch this week
Hiding inside to escape the heat, or need to shelter from the storm? No fear: these new TV and film releases will keep you entertained.
We’re Here, Season 1 (Sky One, 14 Aug)
One for Drag Race fans, this new reality series from HBO features three of America’s most recognisable drag queens (Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley) touring small towns around the USA to transform the locals into their most fabulous drag selves. Think RuPaul and Queer Eye crossover. With extra glitter.
Mandy (BBC iPlayer, 13 Aug)
If you’re a fan of This Country, or Diane Morgan’s ridiculously dim interviewer Philomena Crunk, then you have a brand new watch lined up as of this Thursday, when this box set lands on iPlayer. Based on the original Comedy Short from 2019 of the same name, Mandy follows a woman (Morgan) with big dreams – mostly of, er, breeding Doberman Pinschers.
Unsaid Stories (ITV Hub, 10 – 13 Aug)
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the experience of British people of colour, these four standalone episodes air on ITV at 9pm from Monday to Thursday this week, starting with ‘Generational’. Vital, hard-hitting but digestible at 15 minutes long. Catch up on ITV Hub if you miss them.
(Un)well (Netflix, 12 Aug)
Always jumping on the next wellbeing trend or buying the latest ‘It’ product recommended by Goop (hello, jade vagina eggs)? You might want to watch this original documentary from Netflix, which delves into the murkier shadows of the enormously lucrative wellness industry and whether so-called ‘miracle cures’ are helping or hindering.
Project Power (Netflix, 14 Aug)
Would you take a pill that gave you superpowers for five minutes? Now ask yourself that question again with the knowledge that the pill might kill you. That’s the hook for Project Power, a new Netflix action flick starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback. No tea breaks in this one – it’s adrenaline from start to finish.
Dirty John, Season 2 (Netflix, 14 Aug)
Bit of a misnomer, this one, as the first season of this true crime series thoroughly wrapped up the story of John Meehan (the LA con-artist whose life became subject of the Los Angeles Times podcast and this Netflix show) – but the latest season continues the theme of love gone wrong with The Betty Broderick Story, which focuses on one of America’s messiest divorce and murder cases. One for true crime fans (or those going through a tough break-up).
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Disney+, 14 Aug)
If you’ve been attempting a Marvel Universe binge-watch this summer, you might have noticed a couple of glaring absences in the timeline on Disney+. Well, at least one of them is about to be rectified with the release of 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp on Disney’s steaming service – watch Paul Rudd’s superhero sequel as of Friday.
The Greatest Showman (Disney+, 14 Aug)
We know a few teens (and adults, for that matter) who’ll be overjoyed to see this musical land on Disney+ on Friday – and with its earworm soundtrack, lush costumes and feelgood factor, it could be just the dose of escapism you need right now (although prepare to have This is Me stuck in your head for days).