Top TV: what to watch this week
Looks like we're back to nonstop rain — but with telly this good, who cares? Catch a star-studded who-dunnit, a big-budget adventure film, and more out this week.
Jungle Cruise, 30 July, Disney+ Premier Access
Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson star in this fun family film which is, naturally, based on a Disney theme park ride. It’s the early 20th century and our heroine (Blunt) enlists a reluctant skipper (Johnson) to ferry her down the Amazon river in search of the Tree of Life and its healing properties. Wild animals and evil villains ensue. In a nutshell, it’s two rip-roaring hours of adventure.
Outer Banks series 2, 30 July, Netflix
This smash hit Netflix original is back for a hotly-awaited second series, which means it’s also the perfect time to go back and watch the first season if you haven’t already. Irresistibly binge-able, the classic coming-of-age narrative meets dangerous treasure hunt, with a backdrop of class divide and a power shortage that lends it a timeless, summery feel.
Knives Out, 30 July, Sky Cinema
An all-star cast, deliciously atmospheric visuals, and an expertly-crafted plot make this 2019 under-the-radar hit a dead-cert for film night. It’s a twisty, comic who-dunnit that plays fast and loose with Agatha Christie tropes, with Daniel Craig as a drawling Southern detective investigating the suspicious suicide of a wealthy crime novelist.
Bake Off: The Professionals, 27 July, C4
Hold onto your spun-sugar sculptures everybody, it’s the finale! Which charming baker can claim the crowning pâtissier title? It’s all to play for as they craft hats from chocolate, jewellery from confectionary and have their creations slammed by unimpressed judges. Winning this one won’t, ahem, be a cakewalk.
A Country Life for Half the Price with Kate Humble, 27 July, C5
Moving to the country’s never been so popular, and this gentle series gives viewers the opportunity to snoop on people who’ve managed to do so in that most satisfying of ways: thriftily. In this first episode, Kate Humble meets Richard and Dawn, who’ve moved to a traditional Welsh longhouse in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Is the self-sufficient dream as easy as you want it to be? The answer won’t surprise you. Pleasant, weeknight viewing.
King Gary, 30 July, BBC1
The BBC’s sitcom about Essex geezer Gary King and his sweetheart Terri is back for a second series of classically British embarrassment comedy, charting their attempts to be the most successful residents of Butterchurn Crescent. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan continues to be a highlight as Gary’s disapproving neighbour.