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6 things you won’t want to miss on TV this week

Roll up, roll up! It's the cream of the TV crop. From twisty true crime thrillers and blockbuster movies to romantic second seasons, we know exactly what to watch this week.

Modern Love, 13 Aug, Amazon Prime

If Kit Harington’s rather excellent face hasn’t already piqued your interest, the appreciative buzz around this second series of acclaimed Modern Love soon will. It’s a star-studded anthology based on a long-running column in the New York Times, with eight stand-alone episodes each exploring a different story of love. The first series was moving, charming, and most other positive words you want to chuck here, so we have high hopes for the second. 

Deceit, 13 Aug, C4

In 1992, the police sought to catch a high-profile killer by sending him letters expressing shared sexual fantasies from an undercover policewoman. Only problem? They were targeting the wrong guy, leaving the real killer free to kill again. A dramatic retelling of the Met’s real-life controversial honeytrap operation, Deceit focuses on the voice of the female undercover officer who was pushed to put herself in danger. Twisty and unsettling, this four-parter is set to grip. 

Beckett, 13 Aug, Netflix

No foreign holiday this year? Don’t worry, if John David Washington’s time in Greece is anything to go by, you’ve dodged a literal bullet. Netflix’s latest thriller follows an American tourist who gets accidentally caught up in a Greek political conspiracy, and ends up the target of a manhunt. It’s escapism (ooh, look at that beautiful Greek scenery) that’ll make you quite glad you’ve stayed at home (oh dear, there’s a violent Greek policeman with a gun). 

Untold, 10 Aug, Netflix

With sports-mania in the air, the makers of 2018’s hugely talked-about documentary Wild Wild Country have produced a new docuseries, performing a deep dive into five pivotal sporting moments in recent history. New episodes will drop weekly, starting with the most notorious brawl that ever took place on the NBA stage, on 19 Nov 2004. If the spectacularly dramatic trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for a real show. 

Ghosts, 9 Aug, BBC1

This weirdly charming, Horrible Histories-esque sitcom that sees a young married couple living with a clutch of stubborn ghosts from their house’s past is back for another series. In the opening episode, Alison gets some public speaking tips from the dead poet Thomas. 

Alex Polizzi: My Hotel Nightmare, 12 Aug, C5

Alex Polizzi, a.k.a. the Hotel Inspector, puts her money where her mouth is and attempts to do up a wrecked 37-bedroom medieval coaching inn in east Sussex. Of course, we know it’s a fabulous success because we just went and reviewed it (and were served by Alex Polizzi herself!), but if you fancy a deep-dive into the highs and lows of producing a beautiful hotel in the midst of a Covid nightmare, look no further. 

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