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TV ON DEMAND
HHHH Emily Watson and Dominic West star in ITV’S once controversial drama about the serial killer Fred West, with Watson playing a volunteer who listens to his confessions. Both actors received Bafta Awards for this two-parter, and deservedly so.
THE BLOOD PACT
One for fans of the glossier end of subtitled Eurodramas, The Blood Pact is a Dutch series about the fallout when a tax official becomes pals with a criminal. Season one is already up, and two arrives on Friday.
BBC IPLAYER HHHH
The whole second series of this joyfully silly comedy from the Horrible Histories gang is available on iplayer, along with the first. In episode one, Alison hits on a way of earning money from her haunted house.
GHOSTS LOVE LIFE
The box set of this sweet US romcom, which picks apart a different relationship of its main character in every episode (‘from first love to lasting love’). In season one, it’s New Yorker Darby (Anna Kendrick). From Wednesday.
STEP INTO THE RING
BBC IPLAYER HHH Zak and his sister, Paige, were young wrestlers from Norwich when they tried out for the WWE. Their story is immortalised in the film Fighting With My Family (Netflix) and here, for his new BBC3 show, Zak meets young people who have found great solace and benefit in wrestling – such as Violet, aka Pocket, who has PTSD. From tomorrow, 6am.
Horrid Henry goes on a Gross Day Out in a recently added feature-length adventure for Netflix
THE WRITE OFFS
The Great British Bake Off returned last week, but sadly without Sandi Toksvig, who was always such a lovely presence inside the tent. On the plus side, Sandi can still be seen on our TVS – in both QI and this uplifting two-part documentary, in which she helps a diverse group of adults who never learned to read or write. It’s hard to imagine the difference that could make to their lives.
Sky’s simmering revenge thriller feels like a western. Our hero – or antihero – is an alcoholic
London detective who’s moved his family to a town in the Canadian Rockies, and is played by a charismatic
Tim Roth. A third and final season, based in Liverpool, is coming this November.
COMEDY PICK OF THE WEEK US
In an insightful and funny drama based on the novel by David Nicholls (One Day), Tom Hollander
(far left) and Saskia Reeves play a couple who split up just as they’re about to tour Europe with their son.
TIN STAR MOONE BOY
(All three seasons) HHHH
Chris O’dowd’s semi-autobiographical boyhood comedy – set in 1980s Ireland, with O’dowd as an imaginary friend – is a warm and quirkily funny show.
LAST CHANCE RESTREPO: OUTPOST AFGHANISTAN
HHHHH Frontline account of life at a remote US outpost in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley, where the Taliban are never far away. Until Tuesday.
(2012)15 HHHH Ben Affleck directs and stars in this true-life drama, loosely based on an actual CIA operation (see Desert One on Sunday, 9pm, Sky History). He is the agent undercover as a film director in revolutionary Iran.
Gino D’acampo takes over the hosting duties as the contest returns after an 18-year break.
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Aaron Sorkin directs the thrilling, true-life story of the celebrity card games hosted by ex-competitive skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain). Until Thursday. (acorn.tv)
(2020) 15 (Sky Store, Virgin) HHH A killer goes off script and annoys her employer in a standard action thriller lifted by a hugely impressive cast, namely Jessica Chastain (the killer, Ava), Colin Farrell (her boss), John Malkovich (her mentor) and Geena Davis (her mum).
TESLA TINY WORLD
Paul Rudd is the friendly narrator of a lovely wildlife series with a jaunty soundtrack reminiscent of a 1960s French comedy. It celebrates the power of tiny creatures such as the elephant shrew, the dwarf mongoose and the ladybird (left). From Friday.
(Disney+) (2020) U HHHH Lovely Pixar animation in which elf brothers go on a journey to deal with the loss of their dad, and rediscover magic in a world that ignores it. From Friday.
nPAY MOVIES AVA
u(2020) 12 (BT TV Store, Sky Store, Virgin) HHHH Quietly unconventional biopic of an unconventional man, with Ethan Hawke as the prolific inventor Nikola Tesla, whose place in history is smaller than it should be. Both from Monday.