5 things you won’t want to miss on TV this week
Channel 4's making history, Colin Farrell stars in the BBC's bleak new period drama, Anya Taylor-Joy comes of age in Ireland, and more. Muddy's got the inside-line on unmissable telly this week.
Black to Front Day, 10 Sept, C4
Not a show or film, but an entire day of Channel 4 committing to put black talent front and centre, in acknowledgement of an industry that consistently fails to do so. For 24 hours, the channel will champion a glitteringly long list of black presenters, actors, writers, contributors, programme-makers, et cetera. The Channel 4 News, The Big Breakfast, and other flagship shows will be taking part, but there will also be special new commissions like the comedy Big Age, and a topical debate show called Unapologetic. Tune in to witness a historic moment for TV and a chance to see some fresh talent.
The North Water, 10 Sept, BBC2
Feeling a bit hot? Don’t worry; by the end of BBC2’s new drama The North Water, you’ll be piling on the thickest jumper you can find. Colin Farrell channels his most rugged persona yet as a dangerous beast of a man who boards a whaling ship bound for the Arctic in the 19th century. With foreboding tension building between him and Jack O’Connell (This Is England and Skins) in the role of a shamed ex-army surgeon, as well as the bleak, frozen wasteland into which they’re sailing, this is set to be a chilling ride. If you liked BBC2’s similar series The Terror back in March, climb on board.
Here Are the Young Men, 10 Sept, Netflix
Anya Taylor-Joy (of Emma and The Queen’s Gambit stardom) puts on her best (but sometimes inconsistent… sorry Anya) Irish accent in this gritty, coming-of-age ensemble story set in Dublin in 2003. With definite echoes of Trainspotting, it’s a nihilistic muse on human nature that follows four friends (Anya and three bad boys) through the summer after they leave school.
The Voyeurs, 10 Sept, Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime’s latest film is a “dark, erotic thriller” warning against spying on your neighbours. (Or, not closing your curtains during sex. C’mon people, it’s rule no. 1.) Starring Sydney Sweeney, who is on a serious roll after The Handmaid’s Tale, Euphoria, and Sharp Objects, it tells the intriguing story of a young couple who move to a swanky glass apartment in downtown Montreal, and soon become obsessed with the sex life of the people opposite them. Things get complicated, and creepy, fast.
The Cleaner, 10 Sept, BBC1
Greg Davies adapts and stars in this brand new dark comedy based on a long-running German series called Der Tatortreiniger, about a crime scene cleaner. Wicky — our central cleaner — spends his days elbow-deep in gore, but is more interested in pondering his supper. With a supporting cast that packs a dazzling punch of Helena Bonham Carter and David Mitchell, it’s a six-parter full of absurdist, hilariously dark humour.