Stop! It’s sofa time: 5 new releases to watch this week
Is that autumn in the air? Time for some top-tier TV. We've got screwball comedy whodunnits, big-budget fairy tale retellings, and powerful documentary deep-dives. Reader, take your pick.
WORTH, 3 Sept, Netflix
We’re coming up to 20 years since 9/11, so it’s no surprise the TV and film industry is thinking back to 2001. In this based-on-a-true-story Netflix drama, Ken Feinberg (Michael Keaton) faces a moral maze when asked to ensure fair compensation for those who lost loved ones, tied down by a system that favours middle class white families. Bureaucracy clashes with humanity, with a hefty dose of Stanley Tucci preaching the just.
Only Murders in the Building, 31 Aug, Hulu & Disney+
This 10-part comedic whodunnit has thrown its net wide by casting comedy veterans Martin Short and Steve Martin and young superstar Selena Gomez — and to be fair, this was enough to hook our attention. After someone is murdered in their apartment building, the three unlikely protagonists, brought together by a passion for true crime, delve into an amateur investigation and set up their own podcast. It’s a screwball, aesthetically pleasing watch, featuring fine-tuned back-and-forths between Short and Martin. Oh and also Sting, as himself. Truly something for everyone.
Cinderella, 3 Sept, Amazon Prime
It’s the classic story of Cinderella as you never knew it — i.e., Cinderella has ambition and a dream of her own that will almost definitely not get in the way of her ending up with the prince anyway. You can expect a big rousing soundtrack, comedians in the ensemble, and, in general, a sugary, brightly coloured fun ride. Frankly, there ain’t nothing wrong with just that — but if you need a little more: it was filmed in Bucks’ very own Waddesdon Manor!
Back to Life, 31 Aug, BBC1
Daisy Haggard’s acclaimed dark comedy is back for a second series, with protagonist Miri Matteson now six weeks out after 18 years in prison. Endearingly off-beat and grievingly funny, the first season saw Fleabag comparisons batted around.
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, 31 Aug, BBC1
Continuing the 9/11 commemorations, this feature-length documentary goes minute-for-minute with the White House through the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks. As the US and its allies now withdraw from Afghanistan two decades on, this is how it all began.