Seven sizzling things on the box this week
Sex and the City is back, I'm a Celeb is ending — it's all happening on the box this week. Settle in for dramas, mysteries, sci-fi and more, with our perfect Muddy picks.
And Just Like That, Now TV, 9 Dec
Wipe the car-crash movies from your memory — seventeen years after it left our screens, Sex and the City is back, baby! Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda (and a Samantha-sized hole) are returning for ten episodes of flirty fifties fun, with a well-needed 2021 diversity refresh. Are Big and Carrie still together?! You’ll have to tune in to find out…
The Great, Amazon Prime, 5 Dec
Huzzah! This “occasionally true” historical romp about Catherine the Great (starring Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, and Gillian Anderson) returns for its hotly anticipated second series. A heavily pregnant Catherine is dethroning her husband, while he falls more in love with her than ever. Ah, been there.
You Don’t Know Me, BBC1, 5 Dec
Time for another Sunday night courtroom drama on the Beeb… Central character Hero (er, not our Ed-in-chief) has been accused of murder, with some rather incriminating circumstantial evidence against him. Having sacked his defence, he decides to address the jury on his own behalf, and so we go back in time to hear his story from the start.
Ragdoll, Alibi, 5 Dec
From the producers of Killing Eve comes this new serial killer police drama starring Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars fame. It’s gruesome stuff, with the central crime being a figure sewn together from the body parts of different victims — YEESH. We’re promised the seat-gripping twists of Line of Duty, the genre-twisting comedy of Killing Eve, and the solemn police force introspection of a show that started filming just after Sarah Everard was murdered. What a mix…
Vienna Blood, BBC2, 10 Dec
It’s the second series of this Sherlock-esque (indeed, it shares writers) early 20th century crime mystery drama. Psychoanalyst Max Liebermann and gruff police officer Oskar Rheinhardt investigate a drowned Hungarian countess, and bat easily back and forth in their detective-and-sidekick roles. While plot developments walk a thin line between absurd and entertaining, it’s pretty much the latter.
Encounter, Amazon Prime, 10 Dec
This gritty sci-fi film that veers into family road movie — yes, you read that right — stars Riz Ahmed, and was directed by Michael Pierce (whose debut Beast was a hit with the critics). We get a pick-and-mix of otherworldly invasion (alien microbes taking over humans, if you were wondering), combined with small-scale family interactions, as Riz drives off with his kids. It’s engaging stuff, and some stellar acting performances all-round.
I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, ITV, 12 Dec
It’s the finale of this especially tumultuous (and stormy…) I’m A Celeb series. Who will be the King or Queen of the Castle? Whose career has been resuscitated in the long-term? Who will go straight to therapy? It’s all to play for!