It’s TV time! What to watch this week
Roll up! Roll up! We've got true crime documentaries, international football tournaments, fab Netflix films and the Norse God of Mischief for you this week. Pop open the popcorn and settle in.
In the Footsteps of Killers (C4) – Wed 9 June
Emilia Fox, is, of course, best known for her turn as forensic pathologist (and on-the-side detective) Dr Nikki Alexander on Silent Witness. But now she’s making life reflect art by embarking on a three-part documentary series investigating unsolved murders alongside Professor David Wilson, one the UK’s leading criminologists. The first case is one you may remember: on Boxing Day 1996, two young boys from Birmingham went missing and no trace of them has ever been found. Suzy Lamplugh’s last whereabouts is going to be dissected for the next episode, followed by the case of Rita Ellis who disappeared from RAF Halton in 1967.
The Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol (BBC Two) – Thurs 10 June
Last summer, on 7 June, protestors supporting Black Lives Matter tore down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston that stood on Bristol’s Harbour. The city’s mayor (and the first directly elected mayor of Black African heritage of a major European city) Marvin Rees had a job on his hands to calm the tension and ensure all sides felt listened to as culture wars raged across the city. This one-off documentary follows Rees on his journey while also exploring the complexities of the city, both past and present.
MOTD Live: England Vs Croatia – Sun 13 June
Whether you like football or not, you will hard pressed to ignore the fact that the long-postponed UEFA Euro Championships 2020 is now kicking off having been put on ice last year due to Covid. England’s first match takes place today against Croatia and Gary Lineker is leading the coverage.
Prodigal Son (Sky One) – Wed 9 June
If your father was a serial killer, naturally, you would become a criminal psychologist and use your insider knowledge of psychopathic behaviour to stop murderers in their path. Well, that’s the deal with this Sky One series that is just about to drop it’s second season. Tom Payne is criminal profiler Malcolm Bright and Martin Sheen is daddy and also the incarcerated Dr. Martin Whitly, helping his son from inside his prison cell. Catherine Zeta Jones also stars.
Awake (Netflix) – Wed 9 June
The premise of this full-length sci-fi film is certainly intriguing: a mysterious global event wipes out humanity’s ability to sleep and that gives lead Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), a former soldier, about three days to work out how to fix the world before everyone goes crazy and starts to die. Trouble is, her daughter is the anomaly: she can sleep and the chase is on to protect her from the forces that would do her harm.
Tragic Jungle (Netflix) – Wed 9 June
Netflix’s explanation of this 2021 film by award-winning Mexican director Yulene Olaizola is relatively brief: a woman flees into the jungle to escape an arranged marriage. But, actually, this highly rated film set in 1920’s British Honduras (now Belize) is enigmatic and complex and suggests that Agnes, the beautiful young woman on the run, may well be a mythical creature luring men to their doom.
Lupin (Netflix) – Fri 11 June
Season 2 of this much-loved French drama series is upon us and it follows Assane Diop, a gentleman thief, as he has to use his head and heart to retrieve his teenage son from a dastardly Parisian criminal. Using the code of honour set out by Arsene Lupin (a fictional but equally charming burglar created by Maurice Leblanc in 1905), he will require all his considerable intelligence and wit to extract his son and inflict a just revenge.
Loki (Disney +) – Wed 9 June
Even if you’re not a diehard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is plenty to enjoy about Tom Hiddleston’s turn as Loki, the Norse God of Mischief. This brand new, much anticipated series follows on after the events of Avengers: Endgame and is a time-travelling headbox so you will need to bring your A-game to keep up. Aside from Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Richard E. Grant also star and the series is directed by Sex Education’s Kate Herron. We expect good things.
The Gloaming (Disney +) – Fri 11 June
In Tasmania, troubled detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth) is in on the case of an unidentified murdered woman and in doing so, has to team up with Alex O’Connell, a cop who she hasn’t seen for 20 years. Their tragic shared history comes into play as they duo face up to political corruption and occult practices in order to track down the killer in this spooky eight-parter.