Reclaiming Amy on BBC Two

Best new TV this weekend, including a touching BBC documentary about Amy Winehouse

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From a powerful documentary about the late singer to a new thriller about female rage, here’s our guide on what to watch on TV over the next few days. 

Searching for your next TV obsession? Of course you are. And the next few days sees a plethora of TV shows and films to quench your thirst. 

There’s an intimate look at the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse, a searing documentary about rape and abuse in India, and, finally, the long-awaited opening of the Olympic Games

And so, without any further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend. 

Reclaiming Amy on BBC Two
Reclaiming Amy on BBC Two

RECLAIMING AMY

This touching and personal documentary is released on the 10th anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse. The singer died at 27 from alcohol poisoning and this is a chance for her family and friends – including her mum, Janis, who has multiple sclerosis – to speak for the first time about Amy and set the record straight on what she meant to them and her musical legacy. 

Friday 23 July, 9pm, BBC Two

Olympics 2020: Opening Ceremony on BBC One
Olympics 2020: Opening Ceremony on BBC One

OLYMPICS 2020: OPENING CEREMONY

After a year’s delay, the Olympic Games will finally begin with the Opening Ceremony at Tokyo’s National Stadium. The Olympic flame will be lit for the 32nd time as the world’s athletes are welcomed to Japan. And while things might be a little more subdued due to a lack of live audiences, truly inspirational sporting moments are always guaranteed. 

Friday 23 July, 12pm, BBC One

Jolt on Amazon Prime Video
Jolt on Amazon Prime Video

JOLT 

Kate Beckinsale takes the lead in this bold new action film about female rage. She plays Lindy, who has a superhuman and murderous strength when anyone makes her angry. She is taught to control her rage by jolting herself with electricity. But things go nuclear when Lindy goes on the path of revenge after the murder of her partner. Laverne Cox, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci also star. 

Friday 23 July, Amazon Prime Video

Blood Red Sky on Netflix
Blood Red Sky on Netflix

BLOOD RED SKY 

We have four words for you: vampires versus plane hijackers. That’s the premise of this new horror-thriller about a woman travelling to Germany to get a cure for her vampirism, when her plane is taken over by terrorists, and she must battle them to save her son. 

Friday 23 July, Netflix

Sky Rojo on Netflix
Sky Rojo on Netflix

SKY ROJO

The Spanish thriller, by Money Heist creator Álex Pina, about a group of exotic dancers who go on the run after being trafficked, returns for a second series. After almost facing death in series one, Coral, Wendy and Gina have a plan for vengeance and the grudge that they’re determined to settle. 

Friday 23 July, Netflix 

Ted Lasso on Apple TV+
Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

TED LASSO

US comedian Jason Sudeikis returns with a timely second series of his smart and heartfelt comedy about English football, just days after he also wore a sweatshirt supporting England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka

The series centres on the fictional AFC Richmond, and Sudeikis plays the titular head coach who has no experience of “soccer” but is tasked with coaching the team back to the top, despite them facing relegation at the end of series one. 

Friday 23 July, Apple TV+

India's Rape Scandal on Channel 4
India's Rape Scandal on Channel 4

INDIA’S RAPE SCANDAL

Journalist Ramita Navai investigates two high-profile rape cases in India, where 70 politicians face charges of crimes against women, including eight for rape. Navai shines a light on the intimidation and violence faced by the two victims and their families and the political cover-up that has endured to silence them. 

Tuesday 27 July, 10pm, Channel 4

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