ENTERTAINMENT

From the Temple of Juno in Little Birds to Away and The Bridge: This Week's Best On Demand TV


SKY, BRITBOX, DISNEY + & ACORN TV

Small birds

In the first scene, Lucy (Juno Temple) leaves the mental health facility where she was a patient. Her doctor gives her a bottle of experimental pills, an "elixir to calm the mood," and tells her to "go on a great journey."

It's an ambiguous goodbye because, although Lucy, a concerned American heiress, is on a real trip to Morocco to marry an English lord (Hugh Skinner), many scenes have a dazed, slightly hallucinatory quality.

In the first scene, Lucy (Juno Temple, top right) leaves the psychiatric facility where she was a patient

Tangier in 1955 is a sultry, feverish, bohemian city, and Lucy is embroiled in political and amorous intrigues. Will this apparently fragile little bird have the opportunity to use the custom-made weapon her gun-maker father gives her "just in case" trouble arises?

Guess. This is stylish, visually adorable drama. Sky / NOW TV or Stan in Australia are available now

Capital

This biting satire is based on the novel by John Lanchester and focuses on the residents of a fictional street in south London. Pepys Road was once a working class area, but with property values ​​soaring, each home is now worth over £ 1 million.

They're an uneven bunch, including an old woman who has lived on Pepys Road for decades and a town banker with a Range Rover in the driveway. All of them have their own problems and tensions escalate after each of them receives a mysterious postcard with the eerie message, "We want what you have".

The three-part drama was written by Peter Bowker (The A Word, Eric and Ernie) and first aired on the BBC in 2015. Fine cast includes Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Gemma Jones, and Lesley Sharp. Acorn TV, available now

The inmate

Patrick McGoohan created and starred in this 17-episode surreal show from 1967 that captured the psychedelic zeitgeist with themes such as freedom, individualism and rebellion against authority.

McGoohan plays Prisoner Number Six. In the famous opening sequence, he quits the secret service, is drugged and kidnapped and wakes up in the mysterious "Village", a prison disguised as an Italian holiday camp (in reality Portmeirion in North Wales), from which he tries to spend the entire series flee, only to be thwarted by a malicious white bubble every time.

Patrick McGoohan (above) created and starred in this 17-episode surreal show from 1967 that captured the psychedelic zeitgeist with themes such as freedom and individualism

Patrick McGoohan (above) created and starred in this 17-episode surreal show from 1967 that captured the psychedelic zeitgeist with themes such as freedom and individualism

Fans are still arguing about the meaning of the insane finale and according to popular myth, McGoohan had to go into hiding temporarily to avoid confused viewers demanding an explanation. BritBox, available now

Mulan

This highly anticipated live-action remake was originally slated for a theatrical release but has been repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic. It is now showing on Disney + and can be viewed from the comfort of your home for an additional, somewhat expensive, one-time payment of £ 19.99.

Based on the Chinese legend of a young woman masquerading as a man to go to war, Mulan will have some key differences from the 1998 animated original.

There will be no Mushu and Li Shang, Mulan's love interest in the original, will be replaced by Chen Honghui (Yoson An). Chinese actress Liu Yifei (above) plays Mulan

There will be no Mushu and Li Shang, Mulan's love interest in the original, will be replaced by Chen Honghui (Yoson An). Chinese actress Liu Yifei (above) plays Mulan

It has been completely redesigned from the story to the songs (mostly cut). There will be no mushu, the quick-talking dragon buddy made famous by Eddie Murphy, and Li Shang, Mulan's love interest in the original, will be replaced by Chen Honghui (Yoson An).

Chinese actress Liu Yifei plays Mulan. Disney +, starting Friday

Keep the Faith

The hit Welsh drama that broke BBC iPlayer's records, starring Eve Myles, had everything to do with how the wildly lively Faith Howells (Eve Myles) was some kind of beleaguered woman struggling to keep family and work as a lawyer together While she was together struggling with the consequences of her husband's behavior – in this case, simply going up in smoke.

The hit Welsh drama starring Eve Myles had everything to do with how the wildly lively Faith Howells (Eve Myles, above) was some kind of beleaguered woman

The hit Welsh drama starring Eve Myles had everything to do with how the wildly lively Faith Howells (Eve Myles, above) was some kind of beleaguered woman

After Faith found out that her Evan contained a lot more than she knew – and none of it was good – the biggest shock of all came at the end of the first series. The second series had even more bombs and with the third outing, this is the chance to catch up. Acorn TV, available now

host

Very effective low budget horror where a group of friends dwarfs Zoom, the video conferencing app, and inevitably gets much, much more than they expected.

It's short (57 minutes), sharp, and shocking, and it has grown to be a huge hit that creates the kind of social media buzz that big studio films dream of. Host was shot primarily on Zoom and is the brainchild of British director Rob Savage (who shot several episodes of the old British Britkers drama Britannia), producer Jed Shepherd and writer Gemma Hurley, who recruited some of their actor friends to star.

Watch it on your laptop. shudder.com (7-day free trial, £ 3.99 per month), available now

NETFLIX

path

A Chinese, an Indian, a Russian, an Anglo-African and an American are sitting on a spaceship. No joke, but the premise of this epic new series with Hilary Swank as Commander Emma Green leading a crew on their first mission to Mars.

the premise of this epic new series with Hilary Swank (above, with Brit Ray Panthaki) as Commander Emma Green leading a crew on the first mission to Mars

the premise of this epic new series with Hilary Swank (above, with Brit Ray Panthaki) as Commander Emma Green leading a crew on the first mission to Mars

Of course, very quickly they have what Mission Control calls "a situation". If you're not a science fiction fan, don't let that put you off. The focus is on the characters and their relationships with the loved ones left behind, and Away packs a strong emotional weight as the tension escalates into an excellent ten piece. From Friday

I am thinking of ending things

Charlie Kaufman's films – John Malkovich, adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Immaculate Mind – are either charmingly quirky or disturbingly strange, depending on your point of view.

The latest "metaphysical thriller" written and directed by Kaufman is definitely in the latter camp. The nameless protagonist, played by Jessie Buckley, goes on a road trip with her new boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) for the first time.

When the couple reach the secluded farmhouse, things get really disturbingly strange. From Friday

Love guaranteed

Susan is a dedicated attorney whose small law firm is struggling to stay afloat. To save it, she takes on a lucrative case of Nick, a handsome and charming client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees she'll find love for her clients – he doesn't think anything like this is possible.

Sparks fly as Susan and Nick work together - and you can probably guess what happens next ... Rachael Leigh Cook (above) and Damon Wayans Jr take the lead on this romcom

Sparks fly as Susan and Nick work together – and you can probably guess what happens next … Rachael Leigh Cook (above) and Damon Wayans Jr take the lead on this romcom

Sparks fly as they work together – and you can probably guess what happens next … Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr take the lead on this personable romcom. From Thursday

Young Wallander

The makers of the Swedish original series, which is based on Henning Mankell's bestselling novels, made a kind of Endeavor / Morse and imagined detective Kurt Wallander as a young man who plays in the present.

Adam Pålsson (above) is a freshly graduated Wallander who must overcome his guilt to solve a crime after failing to save a teenage boy from a nasty assault

Adam Pålsson (above) is a freshly graduated Wallander who must overcome his guilt to solve a crime after failing to save a teenage boy from a nasty assault

Adam Pålsson (from September 13 in Moscow Noir on Channel 4) is a freshly graduated Wallander who has to overcome his guilt in order to solve a crime after failing to save a teenager from an evil attack. From Thursday

Chef & # 39; s Table: BBQ

Vegans and vegetarians are now looking the other way – the Emmy-nominated culinary show is back and the focus is very much on meat this time around. Barbecue experts include 85-year-old Texan Tootsie Tomanetz (who still runs the coals in her own restaurant), outback Australian Lennox Hastie, Rodney Scott from South Carolina and traditional Mayan chef Rosalia Chay Chuc notable from those who demonstrate their delicious skills on the coals. From Wednesday

Why is there such a buzz over ..?

Selling Sunset (Netflix)

The series, which follows the action at the Oppenheim Group, a luxury real estate agent in Los Angeles, quickly developed from a kind of reality show into a real TV phenomenon.

It's now Netflix's top rated program, both here and across the Atlantic.

Much of the appeal is in the real estate porn backdrop: falling through multi-million dollar homes where people enjoy infinity pools with views of the glowing city.

The women include Mary Fitzgerald and Maya Vander (above with Fitzgerald)

The women include Mary Fitzgerald and Maya Vander (above with Fitzgerald)

(The developers of a newly constructed $ 40 million property even demolished nearby telephone poles so that the new owners could have a completely unobstructed view while they were talking on their roof terrace).

The real reason the Sunset sale can't be overlooked is the obviously fake friendships and real beef between the six incredibly glamorous women who work at the Oppenheim Group.

The women include healthy newcomer Chrishell Stause, television's perfect cheeky villain Christine Quinn, silent assassin Davina Potratz, Mary Fitzgerald, no-nonsense Maya Vander, and Heather Rae Young.

The producers claim that the show is not scripted, but that some of the storylines are a little "spiced up" to add to the drama.

After the release of the third season, Christine announced that founder Brett had left Oppenheim to start a new agency, so we can expect even more fireworks in the next season.

Kelly Woodward

BBC iPLAYER & ALL 4

The bridge

The dad of all Scandi Noir thrillers and probably still the best. It begins with the strangest discovery of all time – a body severed at the waist and spanning the Swedish-Danish border on the Øresund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen.

Enjoy Sofia Helin again as the socially incompetent Swedish detective Saga Norén and her rather charismatic Danish counterpart Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia, above with Helin)

Enjoy Sofia Helin again as the socially incompetent Swedish detective Saga Norén and her rather charismatic Danish counterpart Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia, above with Helin)

Enjoy Sofia Helin again as the socially inept Swedish detective Saga Norén (with her mud-colored 1970s Porsche, love of lederhosen, and brutal approach to dating) and her rather charismatic Danish counterpart Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia, famous for killing Eve). BBC iPlayer, Seasons 1 and 2, available now

Code 37: Sex crimes

Now in its third season on Walter Presents, this police drama roams the often weird and sometimes not-so-wonderful world – rape, incest, prostitution, pornography – of a Ghent-based sex crimes division.

At its heart is punk chief investigator Hannah Maes (Veerle Baetens), who leads a team of chauvinistic men – classic car Charles, macho Bob, and blonde rookie Kevin – who solve Belgium's most heinous crimes as she continues her personal quest for revenge for her mother's death.

There are echoes of 1970s cop drama here, and the storylines seem a bit simplistic at times, while Flemish isn't the easiest tongue on the ear (no sex pun intended). But if you like your closed-captioned police dramas, it's well worth a watch. All 4, available now

skin

This moving six-part series follows a group of young people seeking help with skin conditions that have ruined their lives. At a time when image is everything, they feel that their looks and confidence have been destroyed by issues from acne to psoriasis.

Among those featured is Amy, who is an ambassador for the Birthmark Support Group and is considering a treatment to soothe the port wine stain on her face. BBC iPlayer, starting today

When Bob Marley came to the UK

Had it not been for cancer in 1981, Bob Marley would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year. The reggae icon is particularly popular in his native Jamaica and in Great Britain, which he considered his second home.

This touching film explores the time he spent here in self-imposed exile in the late 1970s, from recording key albums to secret performances and playing football in Battersea Park.

Those who met him, including photographer Dennis Morris and broadcaster Don Letts, discuss his impact on their lives, as well as his influence on politics, culture and a generation of Black Britons. BBC iPlayer, available now

Sakho & Mangane

This African crime drama, filmed in the Senegalese capital Dakar, has a touch of black magic. It focuses on the partnership between two very different police officers, the cool and calm Sakho and his exuberant colleague Lieutenant Mangane (Yann Gael).

It focuses on the partnership between two very different cops, the cool and calm Sakho and his exuberant colleague Lieutenant Mangane (Yann Gael, above).

It focuses on the partnership between two very different cops, the cool and calm Sakho and his exuberant colleague Lieutenant Mangane (Yann Gael, above).

They are paired by the ambitious and newly promoted Mama Bâ, who puts her hopes on the duo to solve the high profile murder of a Belgian ethnologist who she believes will help her gain the respect of the men under her command . Walter Presents / All4, from Friday

AMAZON & STARZPLAY

The young

So great is Amazon's confidence in its insane superhero satire that it ordered a third series before the second, with eight episodes, even aired. His trust is well placed.

The Boys is funny, fast-paced and full of chaos. The title guardians trying to keep the amoral celebrity superheroes led by the evil Homelander at bay are on the run.

In the meantime there is a new "supe" in town – Stormfront. She is a good friend of Instagram, popular with fans, and seems extremely ambitious. And Homelander is not happy … From Friday

The great

It's not the most accurate account of how Princess Sophie Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst became Empress of Russia, but this ten-part series is definitely the most entertaining.

Nicholas Hoult is a delight as the tyrannical child of Tsar Peter III, whose every whim – however crazy, nasty, or dangerous – must be pampered by his submissive court, while Elle Fanning is perfect as the ambitious Catherine determined to to make the country a better place.

Nicholas Hoult is a delight as Tsar Peter III, whose every whim must be pampered by his submissive court, while Elle Fanning (above) is perfect as the ambitious Katharina

Nicholas Hoult is a delight as Tsar Peter III, whose every whim must be pampered by his submissive court, while Elle Fanning (above) is perfect as the ambitious Katharina

Think Blackadder has crossed with The Inbetweeners – incredibly funny, slightly ridiculous, and at times very rude … StarzPlay, available now

All or nothing: Tottenham Hotspur

Amazon's sports documentaries are moving to North London and the state-of-the-art new stadium on White Hart Lane. In Tottenham Hotspur's tumultuous 2019-20 season, head coach Mauricio Pochettino dropped out and former "Special One" Jose Mourinho arrived – not necessarily good news for Spurs fans, but a winner for the show's producers.

In Tottenham Hotspur's turbulent 2019/20 season, head coach Mauricio Pochettino and former "Special One" Jose Mourinho (above)

In Tottenham Hotspur's turbulent 2019/20 season, head coach Mauricio Pochettino and former "Special One" Jose Mourinho (above)

Follow all the ups and downs of the pandemic-ruptured season as the first three of nine episodes fall this week. From Monday

Bosch

All good things come to an end – and that includes Bosch. The hugely popular crime series about Special Forces Operative, which led to LAPD murder detective Hieronymus & # 39; Harry & # 39; Bosch has been renewed for a seventh season – but that will be the last.

Experience the first six outings for Titus Welliver as the unfathomable Bosch, an officer with reluctant respect for the rules, as he hunts down his own mother's murderer. Now available

FILMS

The King of Staten Island

Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson stars and is writing a very personal film about a Staten Island drug addict who is struck by the death of his firefighter father.

It's funny, dark, and too long, but it's also moving knowing that Davidson's firefighter father died in the 9/11 attacks. Sky Store & Rakuten, starting Monday

Bad Education

A lush tangle of Catholic guilt with Gael García Bernal (above)

A lush tangle of Catholic guilt with Gael García Bernal (above)

Pedro Almodóvar's 2004 film is a lavish tangle of camp, conspiracy and Catholic guilt starring Gael García Bernal. But there's also a darker side when a young man approaches an old friend – now a filmmaker – and offers him a story about the sexual abuse he suffered at the school they both attended. Mubi, from Friday

Vivarium

Perhaps the ultimate lockdown movie where a young couple trapped in a suburban home can't escape. Whatever Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) do, they always end up there.

And then a baby arrives in a box … Available now for most Platflorms

Matthew Bond

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