Top TV: 7 things to watch this week
Pass us the remote, we’ve got 7 unmissable things to catch this week. From hard-hitting documentaries and twisty black comedies to the former First Lady on the box, your sofa time is sorted.
The Line of Duty (BBC1, 21 Mar, 9pm)
OMG finally!! The sixth series returns on BBC1, having been completed back in 2020. DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Supt Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are back trying to work out the identity of ‘H’, the fourth member of a group of corrupt officers. Check out the trailer, get first-dibs your spot on the sofa and settle in for the next seven weeks.
The Flight Attendant (Sky One, 19 Mar)
This comedy drama crime series has already been renewed for a second season in the US, and is now hitting our screens. Breaking free of Penny from The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco plays a drink-heavy flight attendant who wakes up in a bloody crime scene and flees the country. Chased by the FBI, the show twists thrillingly on as she reassesses her relationship with alcohol to the rhythm of a catchy soundtrack. A hilarious, escapist whirlwind.
Allen v Farrow (Sky Documentaries, 15 Mar)
Hard-hitting but moving, this four-part documentary forensically accounts the child sexual assault allegations levelled against Woody Allen in 1992. It examines, to haunting effect, Dylan Farrow’s account of how Allen allegedly molested her when she was seven years old. The documentary also chronicles the theme of older men paired with young women in Allen’s professional work, and notes the trend in his romantic relationships, hearing from Christina Engelhardt, who dated him as a teenager. It’s rigorous, but sensitive and offers a strong warning of wilful ignorance.
Taskmaster (C4, 18 Mar)
The beloved (and BAFTA-winning) comedy game show is back for series 11, promising a fresh new crop of celebrities making fools of themselves. If you’re not familiar, the setup sees five TV stars take on a series of ridiculous challenges and end up in painfully funny situations. We’re talking tasks like: paint a picture of a howling wolf on this teapot, as it spins on a turntable, without touching it, whilst naming 20 American states. This series includes Lee Mack and Charlotte Ritchie (of Call the Midwife fame), while Greg Davies continues to lounge on his comedically large throne. A very fine way to spend a Thursday evening.
Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death (C4, 17 Mar)
Another tough watch but well worth it. Before Flack’s death, Channel 4 made a commitment to tell her story. Her Life & Death sets out to do this, and acts as tribute. With the help of Flack’s family it looks at what happened and why, and studies the impact of fame on mental health. A topic that’s very much on the agenda right now.
The Falcon & The Winter Soldier (Disney +, 19 Mar)
The latest instalment from the MCU sees Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) snarking at each other whilst going up against a gang of masked villains. It promises the textbook-Marvel big fights and global settings, all while exploring Falcon’s role as the new Captain America. Shot like a movie cut into six episodes, this has a cinema feel on the small screen. Get ready to binge.
Calls (Apple TV, 19 Mar)
Based on a French TV series, this weird-but-in-a-good-way show frames itself as a groundbreaking, immersive television experience. It tells nine chilling short stories with limited visuals, relying on a series of seemingly everyday, unconnected phone conversations that become more and more unnerving. With the voices of stars like Lily Collins (Emily in Paris), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), the show lets the viewer’s imagination take hold, to terrifying effect.
Waffles + Mochi (Netflix, 16 Mar)
Michelle Obama is stepping into the kitchen with this big-budget show aimed at educating and inspiring kids about food. A supermarket owner helped by two whimsical Sesame-Street-style friends, Obama will learn about different food cultures and encourage families to cook together in the kitchen. There are celebrity guests aplenty, with Sia composing a song about tomatoes. Frankly, if you’re going to watch kids TV with the little ones, let it be as star-studded as can be.