Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette
■ THIS latest Star Wars spin-off is a prequel to Rogue One that’s set before the original A New Hope, and charts the rise of the Rebel Alliance. A 12-parter with a noir feel, the series sees Diego Luna return to the role of Cassian Andor, a pilot and intelligence officer, and we see how after his initial scepticism he becomes fully committed to the rebel cause in a murky, dangerous world of deception, political manoeuvring and tyrannical repression. Expect a slow-burner full of intrigue from show-runner Tony Gilroy, the writer who scripted the Bourne films.
DANCE OFF STRICTLY COME DANCING BBC One, Friday, September 23, 7pm
AFTER being delayed for a week, it’s full-on glitz and glamour as Strictly returns for its new series with this preview show in which Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice perform their winning routine from last year again before we get to meet the 15 celebrities in sequins (including Matt Goss, Ellie Simmonds and Tony Adams) who’ll be competing this year and see which professional dancers they’ll be partnered up with. They’ll all be getting their first dances out of the way on Saturday (BBC One, 6.45pm) as the competition begins in earnest.
DARK COMEDY AM I BEING UNREASONABLE? BBC One, Friday, September 23, 9.50pm
DAISY May Cooper’s dark comedy, postponed from last week, finally finds its way to our screens this week and it’s well worth the wait. Cooper plays Nic, a bored mother with an unhappy marriage who’s secretly grieving someone. She finds a friend in fellow mum Jen (Selin Hizli) but as they bond over wine, Nic begins to wonder if she can really trust her. Belly laughs and uncomfortable revelations sit side by side in this six-part series in which things start to unravel all too quickly.
TANGLED WEB INSIDE MAN BBC One, Monday, September 26, 9pm
WRITER Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) is back with a gripping new fourpart drama that sees the lives of four strangers become entangled in surprising ways. From a journalist looking for a story in England, to a prisoner on death row in the USA, to a vicar picking up his son’s maths tutor from the station, the overlap in those four lives bring on a dilemma that could lead to murder. An impressive cast is led by Stanley Tucci, David Tennant, Kate Dickie and Dylan Baker.
NATURAL WONDERS SUPER/NATURAL Disney+
IF the astonishing scenes from Frozen Planet II have got you wanting more amazing animal action, then look no further than this new series from Disney+ which is produced by James Cameron and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Exploring animal behaviours that go beyond our understanding, Super/ Natural is full of jaw-dropping moments captured by the latest scientific innovations and film-making technology allowing us to understand the natural world better. Watch out for the intimate conversation between elephant seals!