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TV talk! 7 new things to watch on the box

Cold nights call for good telly! From the BBC's thrilling new psychological drama to the hotly awaited second series of The Witcher, here's what's worth tuning into this week.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Hedda Gabler, National Theatre At Home, on demand

There are still some amazing offerings available to those subscribed to the National Theatre’s NT At Home. New to the service is this 2017 production of Hedda Gabler, starring Ruth Wilson (His Dark Materials) and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror). Written in the 1890s, the story follows the aristocratic Hedda, trapped in a loveless marriage. This production modernises the setting, and features some truly exceptional acting.

Strictly The Real Full Monty, ITV, 13-14 Dec

Diversity’s Ashley Banjo hosts this charity special, where celebrities recreate the famous striptease scene from The Full Monty. The line-up this year includes Duncan James (from Blue), model Christine McGuiness, Olympian Colin Jackson, Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, and Love Island favourite Teddy Soares. There’s all the nervous shrieking you’d expect, and some heartfelt cancer stories, but you’ll have to wait until episode two (which airs next day) to see the juicy bit.

The Hand of God, Netflix 15 Dec

Boasting a staggering clutch of indie film awards, this deeply personal new film from Paolo Sorrentino (The Young Pope) tells the story of his childhood and coming-of-age in 1980s Naples. Some critics have called it a little indulgent, but you can’t deny its beautiful visuals and energy. A moving, evocative watch.

The Witcher, Netflix, 17 Dec

The second series of this smash-hit show (based on a comic and video game) comes thundering onto Netflix this week. We follow Henry Cavill (of Superman and The Man From UNCLE fame) as Geralt, who has finally met up with other protagonist Princess Ciri, as they struggle with monsters and the aftermath of a bloody battle.

Last Train to Christmas, Sky Cinema and Now TV, 18 Dec

Er, Michael, what is on your head? This festive offering from Sky sees Legolas — sorry, Michael Sheen — take on the role of 80s nightclub boss Tony, en-route home for Christmas, who discovers that he can move back and forth in his life when walking up and down the train. Think A Christmas Carol meets, say, National Rail.

The Girl Before, BBC1, 19 Dec

Get ready for many a twist and turn in the BBC’s new four-part psychological thriller, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Loki) and David Oyelowo (Selma). The premise sees a woman move into a beautiful, modernist property for an extremely affordable price, but on the condition that she follow a set of strange, restrictive rules. Things get gradually more unsettling, particularly as she learns about the last girl to have lived in the house…

The Royal Variety Performance 2021, ITV, 19 Dec

It’s the 109th Royal Variety Performance, and the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th anniversary, this year hosted by Alan Carr. Stars booked in include Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, Anne-Marie, and James Blunt.

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