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Feet up: 7 things to watch this week

A week's worth of great telly content, picked out across the channels and streaming sites. Put your feet up and settle in with one of these great things to watch.

Jamie: Keep Cooking Family Favourites (C4, 22 Feb)

Need help getting out of a cooking rut? Jamie Oliver returns for another series demonstrating simple, affordable and delicious food. In this episode he re-invents the roast potato [gasps of outrage] by serving roast chicken with giant, tray-baked, smoked-mozzarella-stuffed gnocchi… Alright, we’ll give it a whirl. 

Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance (BBC1, 24 Feb)

In theory the world doesn’t need another game show, but in practice? We’ll inevitably get sucked-in. In this new series, pairs of contestants balance different sized stacks of gold bars on a platform based on how many questions they get right. The more bars they get, the closer they are to a jackpot of £100,000, but equally the more likely they are to tip everything over. Think Pointless meets The Cube with acerbic contributions from Ramsay. We can’t see him playing Mr Nice Guy.

Dating No Filter (Sky One and Now TV, 25 Feb)

In this new dating show with a Gogglebox twist, comedians watch and commentate as people go on first dates. Names including Daisy May Cooper, Joel Dommett, Josh Widdicombe, and Tom Allen will sit back and analyse all the awkward silences, first date nerves and sparks flying (and flopping). Not limited to dinner, the singletons will have to undergo ice-breaker activities that vary from axe throwing to visiting a goat farm. Get ready to laugh, cringe, and become instantly hooked. 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Sky Cinema, 26 Feb)

Already tipped for the Oscars, this biopic follows one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time in her complex, tumultuous affair with Jimmy Fletcher. Fletcher, a black federal agent, was investigating her as part of an undercover narcotics sting when they fell for each other. With beautiful, vintage visuals, this powerful story is told against a backdrop of appalling racism and iconic jazz. 

Escape from Pretoria (Amazon Prime, 26 Feb)

This gripping thriller sees Daniel Radcliffe playing an anti-apartheid activist who manages to break out of jail after being sentenced to twelve years imprisonment. The film is based on the escape in 1979 of three political prisoners in South Africa. It’s based on the experiences of Tim Jenkin, one of the real life escapees who wrote a book in 2003 about his experience. It was first released to limited audience in 2020. 

You Should Have Left (Sky Cinema, 27 Feb)

This is a comfortingly silly horror movie, starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon. On holiday in the Welsh countryside in a large, Grand Designs-esque modern house, the gorgeous couple and their young daughter begin to notice strange goings-on. 

Attenborough’s Life in Colour (BBC1, 28 Feb)

In this new three-part series, David Attenborough explores the many ways animals use colour. A marvel of visual technology using cameras built especially for the show, Life in Colour reveals a world normally invisible to human eyes. This first episode focuses on the incredible detail of a peacock’s tail and shows how colour is central to the lives of animals in ways we can’t begin to imagine.

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