Unearth the remote: 9 shows to watch this week
If you haven’t managed to book yourself a table at the local gastropub but are in the market for some entertainment, look no further: here’s Muddy’s pick of the best telly this week
Baby surgeons: Delivering Miracles (C4) – Mon 26 April
Fair warning: If you’re prone to sob at the opening credits of One Born Every Minute, you might want to stock up on tissues for this. The first episode of this three-part documentary follows three pregnant women who all require surgery to be performed on their babies while they’re still in the womb. The medical staff of St. George’s in Wandsworth are the heroes of the hour, who performed this incredible work while being trailed by a camera crew under pandemic conditions. Truly remarkable.
The 2021 Academy Awards (Sky Cinema) – Mon 26 April
If you didn’t fancy staying up all night to watch the stars and their frocks and the inevitable gushing speeches thanking everyone from their primary school teacher to their cleaning lady. Sky One is running a highlights reel in normal BST hours.
WHERE TO WATCH THE OTHER OSCAR WINNERS
The results are in, the speeches given — but where can we watch them?
The Father, won Best Actor in a Leading Role for Anthony Hopkins: Out in UK cinemas from 11 Jun 2021.
Judas And The Black Messiah, won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Daniel Kaluuya: Available to rent at BFI Player, Amazon Prime, Sky Store, Google Play and BT TV.
Minari, won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Yuh-Jung Youn: Available to watch at home here for £9.99.
An American Pickle (Sky Cinema) – Fri 30 April
Seth Rogan plays both lead roles in this full-length comedy that is a lovely, easy watch if you’re not in the mood for anything too trying. The plot is as follows: an orthodox Jewish immigrant moves to America and falls into a vat of pickle brine. He is preserved for 100 years and once brought back to life, meets his isolated, app-developer great-grandson in present-day Brooklyn. Cue plenty of generational gags and a nice warm feeling as the credits roll.
Headspace Guide to Sleep (Netflix) – Wed 28 April
This is an intriguing prospect: Netflix has joined forces with meditation app Headspace and created a series to help all us insomniacs out there to sleep better. It promises to explore all the sleep ‘facts’ that we’ve absorbed over the years and aims to set out a healthy and achievable path to peaceful, sleep-filled nights.
Things Heard and Seen (Netflix) – Thurs 29 April
Based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear, this psychological horror thriller film stars Amanda Seyfried and James Norton as a couple who move from a buzzy Manhattan life to a tiny village upstate only to find that there are dark secrets inhabiting their house and their marriage. Lock the doors and windows before you start watching.
Mosquito Coast (Apple TV +) – Fri 30 April
Justin Theroux is heading up this drama series adaption of his uncle’s 1981 novel of the same name (travel writer Paul Theroux, in case you’re wondering) about a family who moves from Massachusetts to Latin America’s Mosquito Coast to escape the US government and search for a simpler life. However, that’s not necessarily what they find as things start to unravel in the jungle.
This Time with Alan Partridge (BBC One) – Fri 30 April
New series alert! If you enjoy a bit of car-crash telly and are a fan of Steve Coogan’s Little Englander, then you’ll be delighted to know he’s back on prime time with another series of his The One Show spoof. This time Partridge and his co-host Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding) will be covering everything “from aqua-aerobics to abortion, from zebras to zionism”.
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (Amazon Prime) – Fri 30 April
It’s a big one, this. So: you’ll be familiar with Tom Clancy’s best-selling military thrillers such as Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. And you’ll be aware of the considerable talent that is Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther). Both these come together in this much-anticipated film that sees Jordan play John Clark, a rogue US Navy Seal who has revenge on his mind. Strap yourselves in for intrigue and big budget action.
Nomadland (Disney +) – Fri 30 April
Favourite to win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, Nomadland (featuring the ever-watchable Frances McDormand – also nominated for Best Actress) is coming to Disney + just after the prizes are awarded. It tells the tale of a woman in her 60s, choosing to sell her belongings and take to the road after her husband dies, and in doing so being introduced to a nomadic community. Consider it a Western for the 21st century.