From One Night, an unusual Norwegian romcom to the nation’s favourite, The Two Ronnies: The best on demand TV to watch this week
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The Swedish-born actress MyAnna Buring (The Witcher, Downton Abbey) stars in an unusual Norwegian romcom about a blind date. The series was filmed twice, once in Norwegian and Swedish and once in English, and the gimmick is that it plays out in real time.
The ten half-hour episodes cover the five-hour encounter between waitress Elizabeth (Buring) and Jonas (Gisli Orn Gardarsson), the guy her friend has persuaded her to meet – much against her better judgment – in a bar in Oslo.
The Swedish-born actress MyAnna Buring, above (The Witcher, Downton Abbey), stars in an unusual Norwegian romcom about a blind date
Elizabeth has been single for two years, insists she prefers being on her own and is very nervous about the date – possibly with good reason. The evening begins excruciatingly awkwardly and there’s not a lot of rom or com at first, but then events take a surprising turn. BritBox, from Thursday
Maradona: Blessed Dream
Nicolás Goldschmidt stars in this docudrama charting the life of Diego Armando Maradona (also featuring Juan Cruz Romero as the young player). A boy from Argentina with a dream of greatness, he made his mark in football, earning a place in history.
Nicolás Goldschmidt stars in this docudrama charting the life of Diego Armando Maradona (also featuring Juan Cruz Romero, above, as the young player)
The series shows how he dabbled with drugs and faced public scrutiny but always played by his own rules, regardless of the consequences. Amazon, from Friday
Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr), a young black man from war-torn Eritrea, was adopted at the age of seven by white American parents. He is a model student and star athlete.
Everyone likes him. Or almost everyone. One of his teachers (Octavia Spencer) tells his parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) about a disturbing essay he has written advocating violence.
Does she have a vendetta against him? Or is the real Luce very different from the person he presents to the world? Intriguing psychological drama that doesn’t offer pat answers. Netflix, available now
Engrossing political drama revolving around the ruling family of Abuddin, a fictional, turbulent Middle East nation. There is intrigue and backstabbing as politicians, generals and clerics jockey for position and the country moves from despotism to democracy. Disney+, series 1-3, from Wednesday
Swagger is pitched as being like Friday Night Lights but about basketball rather than American football. Jace Carson (Isaiah Hill) is a schoolboy and a brilliant young basketball player.
His mother Jenna (Shinelle Azoroh) is determined he’s going to be a pro. But Jace faces challenges on and off court. Apple TV+, from Friday
The Men Who Sold The World Cup
A whistleblower from the bid team, ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his former press chief, Jürgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan are among those offering their views on allegations of corruption around Qatar’s successful attempt to land the 2022 World Cup. Discovery+, now
Classic Hammer Horror Collection
They include Scars Of Dracula – bat blood drips on to his ashes and Dracula (Christopher Lee, above) rises again; and, best of the lot, The Reptile – strange goings-on in Cornwall
Despite the ‘classic’ label, most here are from the second rank of the horror studio’s creations. That’s not to say they’re not great fun. They include Doctor Jekyll And Sister Hyde – a sex-change from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel for the good doctor’s evil alter ego; Scars Of Dracula – bat blood drips on to his ashes and Dracula (Christopher Lee) rises again; and, best of the lot, The Reptile – strange goings-on in Cornwall. BritBox, from Monday
Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, an apparently mild-mannered, slightly downtrodden husband and father with a pretty boring job – basically, a nobody.
When his home is burgled and he backs away from confrontation, he’s confirmed as timid and wimpish. His son is disappointed in him, his wife contemptuous of him. But events afterwards show us that there might be a lot more to Hutch than he’s been letting on.
Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk (above) plays Hutch Mansell, an apparently mild-mannered, slightly downtrodden husband and father with a pretty boring job – basically, a nobody
This is an absurd, violent yet very entertaining action caper which is held together by Odenkirk’s charismatic performance. He also has some pretty good one-liners. Screenwriter Derek Kolstad is the man behind the John Wick franchise, which gives you some idea of what to expect. Sky Store, available now
TOP TEN HOTTEST DRAMAS TO WATCH NOW ON AMAZON
Based on Elmore Leonard’s stories about Raylan Givens. Timothy Olyphant plays the unconventional lawman fighting crime in Harlan County, Kentucky.
2. Little Fires Everywhere
Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon star as two mothers from opposite ends of the social scale who find themselves pitted against one another when their lives become entangled in an affluent suburb.
Creepy psychological thriller about memory manipulation and a dodgy ‘wellness’ company, the Geist Group. Series one stars Julia Roberts, series two stars Janelle Monáe.
4. Mad Men
One of the greatest-ever TV series. A decade of American social history – from 1960 to 1970 – is refracted through the prism of the tempestuous lives and loves of a group of Madison Avenue ad agency workers.
Rachel Brosnahan (above) plays a Jewish housewife in 1950s New York
5. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan plays a Jewish housewife in 1950s New York trying to make it as a stand-up in a charming comedy drama.
6. The Boys
There’s high-octane drama when a bunch of rough-and-ready vigilantes set out to take down a gang of corrupt superheroes and the corporation that runs them.
7. The Expanse
Terrific sci-fi series set hundreds of years in the future when humans have colonised the solar system but, inevitably, tensions are rising between opposing factions on Earth, Mars and the outer planets.
The sixth and final series is due in December.
Huge popular period drama with a wee dash of fantasy in which a 20th Century nurse, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), finds herself in 18th Century Scotland where she falls in love with a handsome Highlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan).
Bloody saga about the Norseman Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer at the start of the show who eventually becomes a hero and a chieftain.
Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock Holmes in this entertaining, contemporary take on the Conan Doyle character, set in New York. Lucy Liu is his companion, Dr Joan Watson.
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The Two Ronnies
Corbett and Barker were, arguably, the nation’s favourite comedy double act, and series three and four, from 1974/75, which can now be enjoyed again on demand, saw the masters of spoof at their peak.
Here you’ll find hapless detectives Charley Farley and Piggy Malone in the serial Death Can Be Fatal, parodies of Upstairs, Downstairs, Barker’s wonderful Minister of Information sketch, dancing from Pan’s People, Corbett’s classic armchair soliloquys and, of course, their signature parody, the News.
Corbett and Barker (above) were, arguably, the nation’s favourite comedy double act, and series three and four, from 1974/75, saw the masters of spoof at their peak
It’s no coincidence that their much-loved payoff ‘… and it’s goodnight from him’ is today every bit as iconic as News At Ten’s ‘… and finally’. UKTV Play, available now
Fever Pitch: The Rise Of The Premier League
Before the Premier League was created in 1992, football wasn’t glamorous. So what happened? This fascinating four-part documentary suggests the turning point was Italia 90, when England reached the semi-finals and media moguls sat up and took notice.
We hear from the Beckhams, the Cantonas, the Shearers… and Vinnie Jones. BBC iPlayer, available now
A double bill from writer Jack Thorne. In Help, shown recently, Jodie Comer plays a care-home worker struggling through the pandemic. National Treasure, from 2016, stars Robbie Coltrane as a quiz-show host accused of rape. All4, available now
Bo Burnham’s critically acclaimed directing debut follows Kayla (Elsie Fisher, above), an introverted teenager trying to navigate the final week of her eighth-grade year, which has been little short of a disaster, before starting high school.
Bo Burnham’s critically acclaimed directing debut follows Kayla (Elsie Fisher, above), an introverted teenager trying to navigate the final week of her eighth-grade year
She turns to YouTube to express herself in advice blogs in which she pretends to have it all together – but the reality is much different. BBC iPlayer, from Sunday
Two-part, Bafta-nominated adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel about Jamaicans and Londoners whose lives intertwine during the Second World War with a great cast, including Naomie Harris, Ashley Walters and Ruth Wilson.
Adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel about Jamaicans and Londoners whose lives intertwine with a great cast, including Naomie Harris, Ashley Walters and Ruth Wilson (above)
The main characters are Hortense (Harris), who wants to come to England to work as a teacher, and Queenie (Wilson), who has left a Yorkshire farm for London. UKTV Play, from Sunday
Inside The Bat Cave
This remarkable film offers a glimpse into the secret world of one of the most endangered animals on Earth. Cutting-edge tech follows a greater horseshoe bat roost in the summer of 2019, capturing the hidden life of the colony, including the birth of a new generation of pups. BBC iPlayer, until Tuesday
Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy
The mercurial Peter Sellers often said he was a nobody, an empty shell, able to play any role except himself. Unless, of course, he was playing up on set with violent tantrums, playing around with the world’s most beautiful women (Sophia Loren, Britt Ekland) or brilliantly playing the fool in The Goon Show.
Peter Sellers often said he was a nobody. Unless he was playing up on set while playing around with the world’s most beautiful women (Sophia Loren, Britt Ekland, above, with Sellers)
In a profile that pulls no punches, his ex-wife Britt and daughters Sarah and Victoria, plus fans such as Steve Coogan and Michael Palin, assess his legacy. BBC iPlayer, from Tuesday