With TV guides filled with lots of new TV to get us through March, here’s our pick of everything to watch over the next few days.
The weekend is within touching distance, but with pubs, restaurants and gyms still just out of reach, chances are you’ll be spending it with your sofa and the TV. Happily, this is a very good new TV week.
There is a heartwarming high-budget animation about a young female warrior, an insightful look at living with a stammer and the long-awaited, much-needed return of Celeb Bake Off.
And so, without any further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this week.
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
When evil forces re-emerge to threaten the people of magical land, Kumandra, Raya (Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran) takes it upon herself to find the one thing that can help: the last dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina). A young female warrior plus the opportunity to escape from reality? Consider us invested.
Friday 5 March, Disney+
COMING 2 AMERICA
It’s been 33 years since Coming To America introduced us to Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem, a discontented royal from the fictional state of Zamunda who heads to New York in search of love. Now, Akeem is back in a screwball sequel that sees him leave his African homeland for the US once again, this time in search of his long-lost son.
Comedy legend Arsenio Hall returns to reprise his role as Akeem’s sidekick Semmi, alongside a cast of new characters including Zamunda’s fierce princesses, played by KiKi Layne, Akiley Love and Murphy’s real-life daughter, Bella.
Friday 5 March, Amazon Prime Video
LET’S TALK ABOUT PERIODS: A BBC NEWSROUND SPECIAL
Newsround isn’t typical Stylist territory (other than when we’re looking for an easy-to-understand explanation of a complex political issue) but it’s wonderful to see programming aimed at young women that aims to eradicate antiquated taboos around periods.
Presenter Lauren Layfield speaks to young boys and girls about periods, experts and celebrities and there is also a discussion of period poverty. Empowering stuff and you might just learn something about your cycle too…
Monday, 8 March, 7pm, CBBC
This biopic follows the life of second-wave feminist Gloria Steinem, played by different actors as she ages – Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore take up the mantle in her adult years. From Steinem’s childhood in 1940s Ohio and uphill battle to make it as a journalist in the male-dominated industry of 1960s New York, to her rise as a leader of the 1970s women’s movement, her story spans a pivotal period in American history.
Based on Steinem’s 2015 autobiography My Life On The Road, it also promises to be a portrait of an icon who never stopped growing or fighting for what she believes in.
Sunday 7 March, Sky Cinema and NOW TV
CAROLINE AHERNE AT THE BBC
Welcome to a celebration of the work of the most wonderful Caroline Aherne. Actor John Thomson looks back at the work of the comic writer and actor who died from lung cancer in 2016, including her most ground-breaking creations The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family.
Tuesday 9 March, 9pm, BBC One
THE GREAT CELEBRITY BAKE OFF FOR STAND UP TO CANCER
Our beloved Bake Off is back and not a moment too soon. Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood are joined by host Matt Lucas (riding solo without Noel Fielding) but it’s the stellar celebrity line-up everyone’s talking about.
The first episode sees Star Wars actor Daisy Ridley, comedians Tom Allen and Rob Beckett and singer Alexandra Burke bake to the best of their ability for a very good charity. As for what we can expect, we have one word: ganache.
Tuesday 9 March, 8pm, Channel 4
CAN’T SAY MY NAME: STAMMERING IN THE SPOTLIGHT
BBC Producer Felicity Baker talks about life with a stammer in this revealing new documentary. She reveals how it has affected her – she often struggles to say her name – and, alongside presenter Sophie Raworth, meets other people living with stammers, a widespread condition rarely given airtime.
Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm, BBC One
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