What’s in: TV and film to watch this week
What's new, pussycat? These films and TV shows, of course! Settle in and watch these seven newly-released flicks (plus one that's worth leaving the house for).
I Hate Suzie (Sky Atlantic, 27 August)
In an age of phone hacking and cancel culture, this brand new Sky original drama feels right on the money. Billie Piper stars as British actress Suzie Pickles, who has her life, career and marriage turned upside down when a compromising photo of her is leaked. Darkly funny.
George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked (Channel 4)
If you’re missing your stately homes and historical houses, then this new series from Channel 4 should tide you over until your local National Trust spot reopens its doors. The first episode of the six-parter landed on Sunday, and sees George exploring some of the UK’s favourite tourist spots (alongside Loki the Siberian husky). Catch up on All4.
Rising Phoenix (Netflix, 26 August)
We might have missed out on the Olympics this summer, but we can still get into the spirit of things with this inspiring Netflix documentary. Rising Phoenix explores the history of the Paralympic games and follows some of its aspiring athletes. Will leave you with goosebumps and a sudden swelling of patriotic pride (just don’t get the vuvuzela out again).
Venom (Netflix, 26 August)
The sequel to this Spiderman spin-off may have been delayed until next summer, but you can still admire Tom Hardy’s turn as the infamous anti-hero in the original when it drops on Netflix on Wednesday.
Magic Mike XXL (Amazon Prime, 28 August)
Now here’s something to perk up your Friday night. There may be no discernible plot to speak of (something about a reunion roadtrip?), but luckily there’s more than enough eye candy to make up for it. Send the kids and the husband to bed (sorry Mr M!) and enjoy Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and co in their skivvies.
The Notebook (Netflix, 31 August)
Can you believe this classic is 16 years old now?! And yet Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams apparently haven’t aged a day – wish I could say the same. Time to introduce the teens to the ultimate weepy romcom when it lands on Bank Holiday Monday.
Quacks (BritBox, 27 August)
This criminally underrated comedy pops up on BBC and ITV on-demand service BritBox at the end of the month, and follows four young medical pioneers in the heady days of Victorian medicine. Starring Rory Kinnear, Mathew Baynton, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard and Rupert Everett.
Tenet (in cinemas 26 August)
Okay, technically you’ll have to leave the house for this one, but Christopher Nolan’s latest release has been so hyped up we couldn’t not mention it. Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki (plus cameos from Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh), this time-bending spy thriller looks to be worth its three delays.
Lucifer Season 5 (Netflix)
Love a bad boy? Oh, don’t we all. Cancelled by Fox after it’s third season, Lucifer (about the Devil who comes to earth to run an LA nightclub, naturally) has been picked up by Netflix and returns for its fifth run with a bigger budget, revamped plotlines and – get excited – Tom Ellis in the buff.