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What to watch this week: new boredom-busters

What is there to tune into this week, I hear you cry? Everything from nature meditations to reality shows - here's eight of our top picks.

Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore (BBC Four, 7 September)

If your weekend was spent rushing to acquire last-minute school uniform, musing on how to socially distance an upcoming dinner party and trying to ignore the increasingly dire headlines, then this could be just the program you need. A brand new collab between the BBC and mindfulness app Headspace, Mindful Escapes is a series of four 30-minute stand-alone episodes, starting tonight on BBC Four. The show features relaxing archive footage from the Natural History Unit’s wildlife films, all narrated by Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. Basically, a super-pretty guided meditation. Ommmm.

Bombshell (Amazon Prime, 8 September)

Worth watching for the amazing make-up transformations alone, this 2019 film (based on real scandals – our fave) stars Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman as three powerhouse women taking on the sexist founder of America’s Fox News.

The Social Dilemma (Netflix, 9 September)

How much does social media control your life – without you even knowing? With the US election looming and Facebook’s involvement hitting headlines, this must-watch documentary feels more relevant than ever, although it may inspire something of a digital detox. You have been warned!

The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One, 10 September)

In need of a good laugh? Aren’t we all. Luckily, comedian Russell Howard is back for a fourth season of his variety stand-up show – and not a minute too soon, frankly. Weekly episodes kick off this Thursday at 10pm on Sky One.

Le Mans ‘66 (Sky Cinema, 11 September)

Stylish cars, eye-candy leads and vintage vibes? Le Mans ’66 (which you might also know as Ford v Ferrari) has it all – plus you won’t have to beat the men into submission to watch it. Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this sports drama based on the real-life rivalry of Ford and Ferrari at the Le Mans 24-hour race in France.

The Duchess (Netflix, 11 September)

A new semi-autobiographical comedy from stand-up Katherine Ryan sees her struggles with raising her tween daughter, wanting another baby and juggling her earnest new boyfriend with her deadbeat ex. Jokes can be hit and miss, but the excellent wardrobe makes up for it (although not sure we’ll be attempting the school run in a ‘World’s Smallest P*ssy’ sweatshirt any time soon).

Gogglebox (Channel 4, 11 September)


If you cba to actually watch what’s on TV this week, then watch other people watching it instead! The entertainment equivalent of a packet of crisps (utterly delicious, briefly satisfying but probably not very good for you), Gogglebox returns to our screens for a whopping 16th season this Friday at 9pm.

The Singapore Grip (ITV, 13 September)

The Singapore Grip

Colonial style abounds in new six-part historical drama from ITV, based on JG Farrell’s 1978 novel of the same name. The Singapore Grip centres on a British family living and running a trade empire in Singapore in the 1940s – when suddenly, Japan invades. Starring Luke Treadaway, David Morrissey, Georgia Blizzard and Elizabeth Tan, with a typically villainous turn from Game of Thrones‘ Charles Dance.

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