Feet up! 6 things to watch on TV this week
Need something new to watch this week? You’ve come to the right place! From a freshly funny new talk show to an indulgent crime thriller, this is the best of the best.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show, BBC2, 16 May
Not satisfied with selling out arenas and making us cackle alone on the train, chart-topping podcasters Chris and Rosie Ramsey have taken to TV. Though the title doesn’t quite have the brilliance of Shagged, Married, Annoyed (bit too risqué for telly?), the format promises the same quality of charming, down-to-earth bickering and bantering that’s had such phenomenal success so far. Plus, celebrity guest couples. Could it be up there with the greats of Graham Norton?
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, 16 May
The 2003 novel gets a fresh adaptation, after the 2009 film starring Rachel McAdams. This go-around features Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie and Sanditon‘s Theo James in a six part series produced by Steven Moffat, of Doctor Who and Sherlock fame. A none-too-shabby list of names. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Henry (Theo James) is a man crippled by his uncontrollable and unpredictable tendency to travel through time, while Clare (Rose Leslie) is the woman who’s fallen in love with him, stuck in a linear timeline, trying to raise their child.
Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood, BBC1, 16 May
He’s done his bit for our BMI, now Mr Body Coach is striking out for mental health. It’s a tough topic, admirably handled, as Wicks recalls his childhood of a depressed heroin addict father and a mother suffering from OCD. The campaign features unflinchingly honest conversations with the whole family, exploring how mental illness can have a lasting impact on your kids, and what we can do about it.
Spreadsheet, C4, 18 May
The IT Crowd‘s Katherine Parkinson stars in this edgy Australian comedy, newly picked up by Channel 4. Comically awkward and hectic, it follows single mum Lauren in her quest for meaningless sex — which she meticulously charts in a spreadsheet of exploits. (A bed-sheet of sex-ploits, if you will.) A string of needy men, a high-stress career, and a wailing toddler complicate her watertight erotic plans.
Lovestruck High, Amazon Prime Video, 18 May
Roll up, roll up, it’s this week’s edition of Ludicrous Love Island Spinoff. This one has all the makings of a cracking guilty pleasure: a bunch of sexy UK singles rock up at an American high school to attend classes, cheerlead, ask each other to prom, and generally couple up alongside all the iconic tropes. Lindsay Lohan narrates, as a hat-tip to Mean Girls‘ influence on the genre. It’s an absolutely weird concept, and we totally want to watch it.
Now & Then, Apple TV+, 20 May
This bilingual (Spanish / English) thriller poses a familiar premise (the anonymous “I know what you did” blackmail texter) but does it with pacy, glossy pizazz. Five Hispanic Miami high school students cover up a hit and run in 2000, only to be haunted by it twenty years on. An indulgent, engaging watch.