Pop that corn! What’s on TV this week?
What have the TV gods got for us this week? A big batch of goodies, that's what. From indie dramedys to twisty teen mysteries to a BAFTA-nominated anthology, here's what to watch this week.
Mr Corman, 6 August, Apple TV
Ever the over-achiever, Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, executive produces, and stars in this 10-part drama-comedy for Apple TV, which smacks of an indie movie you’d smugly recommend at a dinner party. Oh, the plot? Er, ‘man in his thirties feels anxious’ just about covers it — but no, wait, come back! It manages to be carefully-rendered, drawing you in despite all the odds. A large budget and exemplary cast help seal the deal.
Cruel Summer, 6 August, Amazon Prime
Beautifully styled, this mysterious drama has the addictive danger and keep-your-audience-guessing quality of Pretty Little Liars (ask your teen daughter) without suffering any of the latter’s major plot issues. Flitting back and forth between 1993, 1994, and 1995, it gives us two sides of the same story from Kate and Jeanette, respectively the girl that went missing and the girl blamed for stealing her life. We’re kept in the dark about the truth, greedily seizing at bits of information, waiting for the reveal. Oh, and there’s some killer 90s nostalgia. (BRB, digging out our chokers).
I Am, 5 August, C4
Suranne Jones puts in a staggering performance in this first of three anthology-style episodes covering different female stories, written and directed by Dominic Savage. Brought back for a second series after a BAFTA-nominated first, the opening story is that of Victoria, a woman in a state of apparent domestic bliss who won’t admit she needs help. It’s all very raw and real, so possibly not one for when you’re also feeling a little fragile…
The Equalizer, 3 August, Sky Witness
This gender-bend reboot of a 1980s crime drama sees Queen Latifah starring as the mysterious Robyn McCall (previously Robert McCall under Denzel Washington). A single mum / former CIA operative, Robyn has a covert reputation as the defender of the downtrodden — the woman you call when you can’t call 911. Creds to Latifah for doing a lot of her own stunts.
Hit & Run, 6 August, Netflix
In this latest Netflix thriller series, a man’s life is turned upside-down when his wife is killed in (you guessed it) a hit and run. The revenge thriller is a tried-and-tested TV format by now, so don’t expect anything especially ground-breaking, but Hit & Run nonetheless offers a comfy dose of flashy, fast-paced action.
Channel Hopping with Jon Richardson, 2 August, Comedy Central
Gather round, gather round, it’s time to laugh at some bizarre foreign telly. Comedian and Muddy’s secret geek-crush Jon Richardson (a favourite of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown) flips through the wackiest of soaps, reality shows, and more from abroad. It’s a pretty effortless format that deftly combines our curiosity about what other countries watch with the daft comedy of dramatic scenes taken out of context. Comedian James Acaster and Loose Women panellist Judi Love join.