What’s good on the telly this week?
Baby it's cold (and wet) outside, and the TV's just getting better and better! We've got Oscar-winning films, gripping historical dramas, flashy new thrillers... everything worth watching this week, right here.
Judas And The Black Messiah, Sky Cinema Premiere, 1 Oct
Released in April this year, Judas And The Black Messiah is now available on the small screen, streaming on Sky Cinema Premiere. The film follows the gripping story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), who was betrayed by FBI infiltrator William O’Neal, and assassinated at the age of 21. It was the first Oscars Best Picture nominee in history with all black producers, and saw Daniel Kaluuya win a colossal clutch of awards for his role, so — you know. Safe to say it’s a decent watch.
Ridley Road, BBC1, 3 Oct
Adapted from a 2015 Jo Bloom novel of the same name, this new series looks at the rising fascism in a swinging-sixties East End. We follow young Jewish girl Vivien Epstein as she becomes involved with the 62 Group — a real-life anti-fascist group who stood up against rising neo-Nazism in post-war Britain — and ends up undercover in a fascist organisation. Get ready to bite your nails.
Maid, Netflix, 2 Oct
Maid follows young mother Alex as she flees an abusive relationship and gets a job as a cleaner, struggling to put food on the table for her little girl. It’s a nuanced look at the impossibility of getting out of poverty, and manages not to cross over into uncomfortable wallowing — in part because of some staggeringly charismatic acting.
Hollington Drive, ITV, 29 Sept
This disquieting four-parter thriller sees two married sisters living next-door in quiet suburbia, and the fallout of a sudden mysterious tragedy involving the neighbour’s son. Could their own children have been involved? Literal nightmare, but impossible to look away.
Diana, Netflix, 1 Oct
Hoping to scoop up some of Disney+’s Hamilton success, Netflix is releasing a filmed version of Diana: The Musical, a newcomer production which was postponed by the pandemic. At first instinct a jaunty Broadway musical about a tragic, real life British figure feels a little uncomfortably off — but Diana was apparently a great lover of musicals, so it’s nice to think she’d appreciate the show’s riotously camp celebration of her wardrobe. An interesting watch ahead of the big Kristen Stewart, Oscar-buzzy Diana film which is to come in November.
The Guilty, Netflix, 1 Oct
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this dramatic Netflix thriller about a 911 phone operator trying to help an abducted woman from afar, taking place over the course of a single morning. It’s a shiny remake of a successful Danish 2018 film of the same name, relocated to LA, and manages to be consistently engaging despite (or because of, amirite ladies?) being for the most part just Jake Gyllenhaal close-ups.
The Real Manhunt — The Night Stalker, ITV, 30 Sept
Last week saw us gripped by Martin Clunes’ four-parter Manhunt, and this week ITV are bringing us the true story behind it. Susanna Reid meets Colin Sutton, the detective who finally brought down serial-rapist and murderer Delroy Grant.