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Pass the remote! 7 things to watch on telly this week

The clocks going back mean it's officially telly-binging time. On the menu this week: Idris Elba in a cowboy hat, suburban vampire comedy, soap operas making history, and much more!

The Harder They Fall, Netflix, 3 Nov

Flashy, fast, and full of revenge, The Harder They Fall made its debut at the London film festival, and seeks to shine a light on the often-erased African American side of the Old West. Expect plenty of violence, plenty of pizzazz, and the very sexy Idris Elba.

Showtrial, BBC iPlayer

Here comes a serious new five-parter from the makers of Line of Duty and Vigil — hefty footsteps to follow, I hear you say. The first episode aired on Sunday but the whole series is available to binge right now, for us impatient TV-guzzlers. Following a high-stakes murder case that’s attracted a huge flurry of press and social media attention, the story asks what matters most: the truth, or the jury’s opinion of the defendant? There’s class tension, cop interrogations, infuriating teenagers, and shady billionaire dads. Bingo.

Dalgliesh, C5, 4 Nov

Channel 5’s on a role with the 1980s remakes. After the smash-hit of All Creatures Great and Small, they’re moving onto an adaptation of P. D. James’ mystery novels about detective Adam Dalgliesh, once seen on ITV. The series will work in two-parters, spanning from the 70s until now, and boasts an all-female creative team.

Dickinson, Apple TV, 5 Nov

It’s the third and final season of Apple TV’s series about the American poet Emily Dickinson, reimagining her as a fiercely outspoken feminist in a lesbian fling. Not for history sticklers: Dickinson has the distinct whiff of a teen coming-of-age movie — but it’s a funny romp with a good performance from singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2).

What We Do In The Shadows, BBC2, 2 Nov

It’s series three of this bonkers-hilarious mockumentary about suburban New York vampires (yup, you read that right…). The first episode boasts a cameo from co-creator Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnorak), who of course starred in the 2014 film that spawned the show. The big question after series two is: what to do with Guillermo the manservant who’s turned out to be a vampire slayer? Ah, we’ve all been there.

Sort Your Life Out, BBC1, 4 Nov

Is there anything more satisfying than watching people you don’t know on TV completely de-clutter their house? In this new series, Stacey Solomon lovably leads a team of cleaners as they ransack a family home and then lay out the contents of each room in a vast warehouse. The family then bicker and reminisce over which items to keep, the team redecorate and renovate their house, and we watch with inexplicable fascination.

Soapy History, from 1 Nov

Partial to the odd soap opera dalliance? Hey, who isn’t? Keen Corrie consumers / Emmerdale obsessives will already know, but if you only tune in occasionally, now’s the history-making week to indulge. In light of the Cop26 conference, the UK’s best loved soap dramas are engaging in a big crossover, drawing attention to different aspects of our environmental crisis. Casualty, Coronation Street, Doctors, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City and Hollyoaks are all set for making TV history. Folks in The Queen Vic will watch a social media clip of Corrie characters, then have someone from Hollyoaks pop in — and many more cameos besides.

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