8 things to watch this week on the big and small screen
What to watch this week, you cry? From Lady Gaga serving looks in her murderously glam new movie to tension in the tent with the Bake Off 2021 final, here are your eight must-watches.
PICK OF THE WEEK
The Colour Room, Sky Cinema & cinemas
Ooooh, we’ve been waiting for this one! Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor (read our interview here) swaps stately homes for the potter’s wheel in industrial 1920s Stoke-on-Trent in this brilliant new Sky Original film. The Colour Room follows the early career of pioneering ceramicist Clarice Cliff, who broke down gender, class and style barriers to become one of Britain’s most celebrated artists thanks to her bright, playful designs. Matthew Goode, all twinkly eyes and dapper moustache, stars alongside as Colley Shorter, Clarice’s boss and later husband, plus extra points for an incredible female team behind the scenes – director Claire McCarthy (The Luminaries) and BAFTA award-winning scriptwriter Claire Peate, who we interviewed here.
Watch the brand new Sky Original film, The Colour Room, in cinemas and on Sky Cinema.
The Princes And The Press, BBC2, 22 Nov
This two-part documentary sees the BBC’s media editor, Amol Rajan, investigate the different relationships Prince Harry and Prince Philip have had with the press. The first episode looks at the period after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the narrative of an emerging new royal generation, before turning to the impact of the phone-hacking scandal. Royalist or republican, it’s an interesting contribution to the ongoing royals/media convo.
The Great British Bake Off, C4, 23 Nov
Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your whisks: it’s the final. Which beloved baker will claim the floury crown of 2021 Bake Off champ? Can the nation stand the tension of watching them craft Mad Hatter style banquets? Only one way to find out!
Selling Sunset, Netflix, 24 Nov
Step back into the world of towering heels, faces six-inches-deep in makeup, and jaw-droppingly expensive LA property. Yup: Selling Sunset returns for another season of personal drama and professional competition, so don’t pretend you’re not instantly hooked.
Robin, Robin, Netflix, 24 Nov
From the (frankly, legendary) makers of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run comes this Christmas short that’ll charm the socks off you in half an hour, flat. Robin is a young robin (no surprises there) who was raised by mice, and wishes to be one for real. Hijinks ensue when she attempts to follow the mice in sneaking into a ‘hooman’ kitchen.
Bruised, Netflix, 24 Nov
A familiar sports-movie narrative made refreshingly female-heavy, thanks to Halle Berry’s directorial debut and strong acting in the central role. Jackie Justice (Berry) is a disgraced, former top MMA fighter for the UFC who gets a second chance at rising the top. Things are complicated by the sudden appearance of her young son, who she must look after, and a less-than-savoury current partner.
House of Gucci, in cinemas, 26 Nov
Say it with us: Father, Son, and House of Gucci. Adapted from a 2001 book about the Gucci family, this star-studded film is serving some va-va-voom visuals and a killer performance from Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who romanced her way into the Gucci dynasty. Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons, and Adam Driver also star, and with a director like Ridley Scott (Alien; Gladiator), it’s safe to say our interest is piqued…
An Audience with Adele, ITV Player
Sure, she can sing, but Adele also shows off her casual comedian chops in this laugh-out-loud, moving special — if you missed it on Sunday, it’s well-worth seeking out. Resurrecting an old staple format of ‘An Audience With…’ (last seen 2011), this has Adele serenade and entertain an audience of Stormzy, Samuel L Jackson, Dawn French, and so many more celebs it’d be ridiculous to list them, who all ask her questions. If nothing else, watch for the moment Adele — reunited with an old teacher — cries her makeup off, and so forces Alan Carr to sing Make You Feel My Love while she has it touched up.