From a groundbreaking crime drama to the return of two beloved comedies, you’ll be spoilt for what to watch on TV this weekend.
Trick or treat? It’s all treats on screen this week, luckily for us.
The curtains close on the final series of Insecure, the much-loved comedy-drama created by Issa Rae; comedian Joe Lycette takes on oil giant Shell as the need to take action on the climate crisis grows ever more urgent; and we witness the first gay male detective in a leading role on primetime TV.
So, without further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend.
Queen Of Speed
This ode to French female rally driver Michéle Mouton tells the story of how she rose to the top in male-dominated motorsports during the 70s and 80s.
At a time when rallying was at its most dangerous, Mouton was the first female to win a major championship in 1986 and became a world-renowned driver – no mean feat. The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with Mouton, her co-driver, her family and her opponents, and also shares never before seen footage from her career.
Saturday 23 October, Sky Documentaries and Now
Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant
In the lead up to Cop26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, comedian Joe Lycett investigates energy giant Shell and questions their eco-friendly credentials.
The documentary sees Lycett rock up in a yellow bus with a mural of a parody Shell advert stating: “We’re turning our carbon emissions green for earth day”. Anticipate heated Twitter exchanges, witty humour and a thorough education on greenwashing.
Sunday 24 October, 9pm, Channel 4
With a cast that includes Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson and Hollywood heavyweight Christopher Walken, and from the mind of Office creator Stephen Merchant, consider our interest piqued by this new comical crime series.
Set in Bristol, the show revolves around a group of seven people in Community Payback. Despite each character being completely dissimilar to the others, unlikely friendships form as the group takes on a threatening gang.
Monday 25 October, 9pm, BBC One
Breastfeeding My Boyfriend
Yes, you did read that correctly. The Channel 4 documentary aims to shed a light on the ‘taboo of adult breastfeeding’ by looking at lactation in the porn industry and the women who follow complex regimes to produce milk for their partners.
It includes former teacher Lana Michaels, who explains that she breastfeeds her fiancé at least twice a week. The couple explains that breastfeeding is not only arousing but it’s also nutritious. Win-win…?
Monday 25 October, 10pm, Channel 4
The Long Call
Four episodes in one week? What a treat! Kicking off on Monday and concluding on Thursday, this new crime drama is adapted from the novel by Ann Cleeves.
After facing rejection from his parents and the community, detective DI Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge) returns to his hometown in North Devon with his husband to attend his father’s funeral. When a body is discovered on a nearby beach, Venn is put to work and investigates the murder, alongside DS Jen Rafferty (Pearl Mackie), while battling his painful past.
Monday 25 October, 9pm, ITV
We’re a mix of emotions about the return of Issa Rae’s comedy-drama. It’s one of the greatest shows on telly so there is much to be thankful for, but it’s also the fifth and final series,
The show follows Issa’s journey in the city of angels through love, friendship and life. Last season saw relationships hit the rocks, as Molly (Yvonne Orji) entered single life, and Issa’s former love interest, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), found out his ex-girlfriend was pregnant. It’s safe to say this series will be going out with a bang, although we’re not ready for it to be over.
Tuesday 26 October, 2am, Sky Comedy and Now
Stath Lets Flats
The BAFTA-winning sitcom following incompetent letting agent Stath (Jamie Demetriou) and his idiotic antics around north London is back for a third series. And we’re thrilled.
In the six-part comedy, Stath has to pick up the pieces and save the family business following the death of Julian (Dustin Demri-Burns). And let’s not forget about the imminent arrival of his new baby with Carole (Katy Wix), which he has to juggle alongside his relationship with Katia (Ellie White).
Tuesday 26 October, 10.15pm, Channel 4
Be prepared to enter existential crisis mode as Professor Brian Cox explores the fragility of life and the cosmos.
In the first episode, Cox explains how significant stars are and how they brought meaning to the universe. He goes on to say that life as we know it is almost unfathomably rare, insinuating that all of our worries are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Which sounds like the signal you need to send that text and hit buy on those shoes you’ve had in your basket for six months.
Wednesday 27 October, 9pm, BBC Two
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