What’s in: 7 new TV and film releases to watch this week
Sherlock Holmes spin-offs, live opera and the return of Bake Off - it's all happening this week! Grab a cuppa, unearth the remote and stick one of these on the box.
Us (BBC iPlayer)
This reverse rom-com based on the David Nicholls novel of the same name is sure to strike a nerve with anyone who felt like flinging divorce papers at their spouse throughout lockdown (most of us, then). Connie breaks the news to husband Douglas that she wants out of their marriage – just as the couple embark on a last family holiday around Europe with their teenage son. Watch the whole series on iPlayer, on take it one by one on BBC One on Sundays, 9pm. I admit it, I’ve already splurged.
The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4, 22 September)
Dust off your pinnies and start stockpiling the flour – Bake Off is officially back. Twelve socially distanced bakers gather in the iconic tent for a brand new season, with Matt Lucas stepping into the (small but also paradoxically large) shoes of Sandi Toksvig as host alongside Noel Fielding. The TV equivalent of a favourite old jumper: warm, comforting, familiar. Let’s just hope there isn’t a banana bread round.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Season 4 (Netflix, 22 September)
Fancy a little TV escapism (or just need to cling onto the faintest whiff of warm weather)? Well then, jet off to Australia with comedian Jack Whitehall and father Michael in the fourth season of their travel docu-series. Expect emu farms, massive snakes, nudist beaches and drag shows. Crikey.
Enola Holmes (Netflix, 23 September)
This Sherlock Holmes spin-off comes with seriously big names attached, including Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter. Millie, who made her name in Netflix sci-fi horror must-watch Stranger Things as the telepathic Eleven, now moves into period drama territory to play Sherlock’s rebellious teenage sister Enola, on the hunt for their missing mother in Victorian London.
Danny Dyer on Harold Pinter (Sky Arts, 22 September)
Here’s a pairing you might not have seen coming, but believe it or not, before Danny Dyer was playing hard-man stereotypes or landlords on EastEnders, he had several stage roles in Pinter plays, including No Man’s Land and Homecoming. Twelve years after the iconic playwright’s death, Dyer looks back on his strangely touching relationship with his mentor.
English National Opera: Drive & Live (Sky Arts, 23 September)
Can’t make it to English National Opera’s drive-in performance of La Bohème at London’s Alexandra Palace? Never fear – the whole show is being streamed live on Sky Arts. We personally cannot WAIT to see ENO’s return to live performance (and we won’t even have to shell out for petrol).
Utopia (Amazon Prime, 25 September)
This shiny new US remake of Dennis Kelly’s cult Channel 4 series comes courtesy of writer Gillian Flynn (yep, she of Gone Girl fame). Featuring a group of comic book fans who uncover a global conspiracy and promptly get hunted down by a mysterious organisation, the pandemic dystopia plot line might be a little on-the-nose for some, but great cameos by John Cusack and Rainn Wilson make it all worthwhile.