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Pass the remote: here’s what to watch this week

Too much time in the sun? Crack out the ice cream and cool down with a killer crop of telly this week. From sewing finales to father's day fodder to the big new Pixar film, here's what to watch.

Together, BBC2, 17 June

James McAvoy (of X-Men and hunk-dom fame) and Sharon Horgan (creator and star of Catastrophe) appear in this premiere film as an emotionally estranged husband and wife forced to live through the reality of lockdown. With two lauded stars and a hefty clutch of awards lining the CVs of the director and producers, this funny but poignant story is set to be a good’un. We just hope it doesn’t awake too many post-lockdown marriage traumas…

Peter Taylor: Ireland After Partition, BBC2, 14 June

After fifty years of making films in Ireland, award-winning journalist Peter Taylor uses a mix of personal recollection and rich archive footage to consider history afresh in light of the partition’s centenary. We’ve seen a lot of retrospective shows making the most of repeat footage over the pandemic, but this quietly authoritative and intimate reflection is a particular triumph. Worth watching, as situations in Ireland continue to look uncertain.

The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 16 June

It’s the finale! Which unbelievably charming young sewer will steal the crown in the closing of the series? The theme of celebration sees the contestants producing bridesmaid dresses, festival outfits, and gowns in the last emotional push of wholesome competition. If you’ve managed to pick a favourite out of the remaining three then we tip our thimbles to you — we couldn’t bear to choose.

Fatherhood, Netflix, 18 June

Grab a box of tissues: comedians playing heartfelt roles always seem to tug the heartstrings, and this new film starring Kevin Hart is prime tear-jerking stuff. Hart, who we’re used to seeing in lighter pictures like Jumanji and Night School, plays a man thrust unexpectedly into single parenthood when his wife dies 27 hours after giving birth to their first child. The resulting rollercoaster of judgement, unhelpful advice, and fierce fatherly love might seem (looking at you, cynics) like something conjured up purely for Father’s Day. But, although the film’s release is undoubtedly calculated, it is actually a true story, adapted from the bestselling memoir of Matthew Logelin. In other words, it’s not looking good for keeping dry eyes.

Luca, Disney+, 18 June

One for the kids officially, but who among us can resist the charm and wholesome colours, and on occasion, comic finesse, of Pixar. This latest hit of animated sugar takes place on the Italian Riviera (just like a holiday, eh?) and follows the heart-warming coming-of-age story of two sea monsters pretending to be human to fit in above land (naturally).

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Sky Cinema, 18 June

Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig star in this adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller about a woman in need of an escape, fleeing the rage of a neighbour and a convoluted appearance from the FBI. The critics didn’t love it, but it’s got a killer cast and a cool aesthetic so if you want something to slap on in the background, this is for you.

Pretty Woman, C5, 20 June

Fancy a hit of nostalgia on a Sunday evening? Channel 5 is showing this iconic 1990 romantic comedy (which sent the career of Julia Roberts into the stratosphere) at 9pm. We reckon that’s prime opportunity to grab a glass of something retro, pop a bag of corn, and settle in for an evening’s strangely delightful tale of “hooker falls for a millionaire in Beverly Hills”. Probably not a film they would make today, but who’s asking.

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