Our Film and TV Editor Toby gives us the highlights of the upcoming week in television and streaming.
MONDAY 2nd – Tunes for Tyrants: Music & Power with Suzy Klein (BBC Four)
Suzi Klein explores the political role of music across the most turbulent years of the 20th Century. In this first episode, learn how music was seen as a tool for changing society in the wake of the First World War and the Russian Revolution.
TUESDAY 3rd – Doctor Foster (BBC One)
Has it really been five weeks since Mark Barlett’s Doctor Foster returned for its second, deliriously gripping series? Those who have been following the post-marital battles of Gemma (Suranne Jones) and Simon (Bertie Carvel) have endured a long week of waiting for the devastating finale. Those who haven’t can – and should – catch up on BBC iPlayer now.
WEDNESDAY 4th – The Apprentice (BBC One)
It’d be fair to say that Lord Sugar has been rather overshadowed in the firing stakes by his former US equivalent. That said, fourteen series in and the Amstrad-creator has still wit and intimidation enough to make the antics of a new crop of buffoonish wannabe entrepreneurs thoroughly enjoyable.
THURSDAY 5th – Educating Greater Manchester (Channel 4)
Channel 4’s Educating series has yet to quite match its peak with 2013’s Educating Yorkshire and the ‘King’s Speech’ moment when young Musharaf was able to overcome his stammer. With three more episodes to go this series, can Greater Manchester produce some television magic?
FRIDAY 6th – Suburra (Netflix)
In Netflix’s inaugural Italian original drama, a flight over land in a seaside town near Rome spirals into a deadly battle between organised crime, corrupt politicians and the Vatican. No stereotypes here then…
SATURDAY – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
With one celebrity gone already, Strictly has dived straight into the deep end this year. Last Saturday’s extravaganza saw Alexandra Burke come away with a score of 36/40 – in week TWO. Could we see the first 10 of the year in record time this series?
SUNDAY – Louis Theroux: Dark States (BBC Two)
In another typically hard-nosed series, Louis Theroux’s latest documentary begins with a look at the widespread heroin use that is devastating the Appalachian community. In episode one, he spends time with those embedded in the addiction and follows the emergency services as they struggle to cope.