PICK OF PAY TV AND MOVIES
NEW! Dynasty (Season 2, Episode 1)
The return of this sassy, rebooted version of the supersoap finds the Carringtons in celebratory mood, but probably not for long. A new episode arrives every Saturday.
NEW! Black Lightning (Season 2,
Episode 1) Mature superhero show about an African-American vigilante who retires for his family, then is forced back to work. A new episode arrives every Tuesday.
NEW! Derren Brown: Sacrifice
In his first special for Netflix, the illusionist (right) tries to persuade a member of the public to take a bullet for a stranger. It is, as always, mindboggling stuff. From Friday.
Daredevil NEW! (Season 3)
After the beating he took at the end of season two, blind lawyer Matt Murdock isn’t worth much as a vigilante any more. Is the battered hero even beyond the reach of a back-from-the-brink, Rocky-style training montage? Time will tell. The definite good news this season, though, is that Vincent D’Onofrio is back as Kingpin, Matt’s brilliantly three-dimensional nemesis. From Friday.
DRAMA Tyrant (All three seasons) This atmospheric drama from Homeland creator Gideon Raff, about how an American doctor becomes sucked into the politics of his Middle East homeland, feels like it draws heavily on the life of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (see A Dangerous Dynasty, above). NEW! The Romanoffs (Part 3) This stand-alone tale from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner pits an insecure movie star (Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks) against an eccentric director (Isabelle Huppert). The result is a stylish, spooky experience in which it’s hard to tell what is real. A new episode arrives every Friday.
MOVIE The Great Gatsby (2013)
12 Baz Luhrmann’s take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel is a stunning visual experience, especially in the party scenes. Leonardo DiCaprio is a good choice as the elusive Gatsby at the centre of it all. From Friday. MOVIE I, Tonya (2017) 15 Dynamite acting from Margot Robbie (Oscar-nominated) and Allison Janney (Oscar-winning) – as Tonya Harding and her overbearing mother – powers this punchy drama about the infamous ice skater.
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COMEDY The Cafe (Seasons 1-2) Look out for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer of Killing Eve, in a scene-stealing role as wacky friend Chloe (right) in this gentle seaside comedy from Ralf Little and Michelle Terry. The first season leaves on Thursday.
NEW! Blindspot (Seasons
1-3) Efficient US thriller hinged around a woman who wakes up in a bag in Times Square, with no memories but lots of tattoos. From Monday.
LAST CHANCE FlashForward (All 22
episodes) Enjoyably ridiculous US drama set in the aftermath of a global blackout that saw every person on Earth simultaneously lose consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Until Monday.
(2003) 12 Colin Farrell plays an LA cop led astray, and trying to redeem himself under the tutelage of Samuel L. Jackson, in a diverting action film. It’s based on the same 1970s series as the TV show of the same name on Sky One (Sundays, 9pm).
BEST OF THE REST
DRAMA The Slap (All 4) The US version of an Aussie drama about the ripple effects of an adult hitting an unruly child. The starry cast – including Uma Thurman, Zachary Quinto and Melissa George – helps to keep it interesting.
NEW! In My Skin (BBC3
via iPlayer) Wellobserved comedy drama about the life of a 16-year-old Welsh girl whose mum has mental health problems. The material deserves more than this one-off. From tomorrow, 10am.
The Happy Prince (2018) 15 (BT TV
Store, Sky Store, Virgin) In a real passion project for Rupert Everett, the actor directs himself as Oscar Wilde in a raw and moving portrait of the great wit’s declining years. Everett also wrote the script.
55 Steps (2017) 12 (Sky Store, Virgin)
Helena Bonham Carter gives a Gothic performance as real-life figure Eleanor Riese in a drama about patients’ rights, set in the US in the 1980s. Hilary Swank plays her tense lawyer and, later, friend. Both from Monday.