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Muddy’s TV guide: 9 new watches this week

Bored? Not any more! Here are our top picks for new TV shows and films hitting the small screen this week. Popcorn at the ready...

We Are Who We Are (BBC Three)

Award-winning film director Luca Guadagnino’s first foray into the world of TV (you’ll know him from Call Me by Your Name), this eight-episode coming-of-age drama is set on a US military base and follows 14-year-olds Fraser and Caitlin as they experience the rollercoaster of teen angst and gender identity. Keep an eye out for Chloe Sevigny as Fraser’s colonel mother. 

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (Netflix) 

Does anyone else find Kurt Russell as Santa a bit dishy? Only me? All right then, pretend I never said anything. Goldie Hawn joins the cast as Mrs. Claus in this Netflix sequel to the original family film The Christmas Chronicles from 2018. 

Sugar Rush Christmas, Season 2 (Netflix)  

Dieters, look away now. If you’re in need of a Bake Off substitute after the final this week (*sob*), this bonkers Christmas-themed baking competition should do nicely. Just remember to watch with copious snacks to avoid food envy. 

Virgin River Season 2 (Netflix)

Based on Robyn Carr’s novels of the same name, romantic drama Virgin River is back for a second season. With woodsy views and cabins galore, the show centres on the love life of nurse practitioner Mel (played by Alexandra Breckenridge from This is Us), who leaves her LA life behind to set up in a remote California town.

Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime)

Paul Bettany stars as the titular character in this family drama flick set in 1970s South Carolina. Narrated by his teenage niece Beth (played by Sophia Lillis, who you might recognise from the 2017 reboot of It), the film explores Frank’s hidden relationship with his long-term partner Walid, and what happens when a funeral forces him to confront his family. 

Belushi (Sky Documentaries)

Fans of The Blues Brothers will want to catch this documentary about the life of John Belushi, his descent into drugs and the tragic circumstances of his death. Penny Marshall, Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase feature as talking heads.

Last Christmas (Sky)

Did you catch this festive romcom based on the music of George Michael, er, last Christmas? If not, now’s the perfect time to catch it as it arrives on Sky this week. Emilia Clarke stars as Kate, a cynical wannabe singer working at a Christmas shop when she meets the mysterious – and very handsome – Tom (Henry Golding). 

The Rhythm Section (Sky)

A thoroughly grubbed up Blake Lively stars as a woman out for revenge in this gritty action thriller based on Mark Burnell’s novel of the same name. After discovering the plane crash that killed her family was a terrorist attack, she enlists the help of former MI6 operative Iain Boyd, played by Jude Law. 

Noelle (Disney+)

This Disney+ Christmas comedy stars Anna Kendrick as Noelle, daughter of Kris Kringle and sister to new Santa Claus, Nick (played by Bill Hader). After Nick goes missing (to a, er, yoga retreat), it’s up to Noelle to save Christmas. Silly family fun.

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