Looking for something new to watch over the next few days? We’ve got you covered with a plethora of new offerings.
To start, HRH Mariah Carey kicks off your festive weekend with a celebration of all things Christmas, and Mariah. There’s a chance to see Olivia Colman in a dark new true crime series, a powerful new legal drama about racial prejudice on the BBC and, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda return to our TV screens (albeit without Samantha) in And Just Like That.
So, without further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend.
Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues
Mariah Carey (otherwise known by her official title, The Queen of Christmas) is treating us to a festive extravaganza – and it’s as fabulously OTT as you’d expect from the icon who famously wore stilettos to go bowling. Half interview, half concert, Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues includes a festive chat with the star, joins 10-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, before launching into an all-out Christmas music fest.
Expect to discover new bops – Fall in Love at Christmas, Mariah’s latest single, makes a debut – and sing along to yuletide classics, you know All I Want For Christmas will be belted out, while marvelling at the brilliantly extra aesthetic. Mariah’s floor-length, bejewelled gold frock is hereby our Christmas Day outfit inspo…
Friday 3 December, Apple TV+
Created by Girl’s Trip writer Tracy Oliver, this 10-part series follows four friends living in Harlem, New York – and, quite frankly, is one long relatable moment in the best possible way. There’s a professor, a tech entrepreneur, a singer, and a fashion designer – all united by their Big City Dreams™, perpetual dating struggles and unwavering friendship. People are already drawing parallels to Issa Rae’s Insecure, but we say Harlem deserves to be celebrated in its own right.
Friday 3 November, Amazon Prime Video
Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
Kirstie Allsop’s festive DIY know-how never fails to wane and this year she has even more Christmas craft projects to get stuck into. To kick things off, she joins usual co-star Phil Spencer for a wrapping masterclass, before meeting a host of other guests including her sister, a professional florist, MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo who shares delicious Mauritian recipes, and cocktail expert Coinneach MacLeod. You’ll come away with all the skills you need to make your home feel like a John Lewis Christmas ad.
Friday 3 December, 8pm, Channel 4
You Don’t Know Me
Adapted from the book of the same title by Imran Mahmood, this four-part series follows the story of Hero, a young man – and law-abiding car salesman – from South London who is in the dock for murder. Deciding that he wants to tell his own story, the first episode sees Hero fire his barrister and take his case into his own hands, sharing a shocking sequence of events with the jury. From the creator of submarine drama Vigil, it’s edge-of-your-seat stuff, and you won’t have to wait long between instalments – episodes one and two are set to air on Sunday and Monday evening.
Sunday 5 December, 9pm, BBC One
There are so many things to love about this year’s MOBO awards, founded 25 years ago by Kanya King. Hosted by Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and comedian Munya Chawawa, the annual celebration of Black music and culture comes direct from City of Culture, Coventry. Star of the night will Dave, with five nominations, but Little Simz, Arlo Parks and Cleo Sol follow closely behind with three nominations each. Winners aside, it’s guaranteed to be a musical extravaganza with performances from across the industry.
Sunday 5 December, 8pm, YouTube
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture with Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert
As we grapple with what might be the effects of the Omicrom variant, and are urged to get our booster jabs, this lecture by Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert feels particularly timely. The professor of vaccinology at Oxford University led the remarkable development of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, which has gone on to be used in over 170 countries around the world.
Monday 6 December, 10.35pm, BBC One
Olivia Colman takes the lead in this unique new four-part drama based on the real life murders of William and Patricia Wycherley in 1988. Colman plays Susan Edwards alongside David Thewlis, as her husband Christopher. Susan and Christopher were sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison after shooting Susan’s parents at their home near Mansfield, then burying them in their back garden. The four-part drama will show both the couple’s relationship, as well as how they were caught by Nottinghamshire Police fifteen years later.
Tuesday 7 December, 9pm, Sky Atlantic and Now
The Cult of Conspiracy: QAnon
QAnon is an (utterly unfounded) theory that President Trump was waging an undisclosed war against Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media, and adopted by a group of supporters who believe it will lay to a day of reckoning for many prominent figures. This new documentary sees Ben Zand investigating the conspiracy and examining what leads people to believe such wild proclomations.
Tuesday 7 December, 10pm, Channel 4
And Just Like That
It’s been 17 years since Carrie Bradshaw has graced our TV screens (we’ll forget about the films, for the sake of argument) so our expectations for this ten-part return to the Big Apple are high.
Sarah Jessica Parker will, as you’ll know, be joined by Kristin Davis as Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes (with a gaping hole where Kim Cattrall’s Samantha would have been) as the trio take on podcasts, friendship in your 50s – including a new pal Lisa (Nicole Ari Parker), brunches, name necklaces and love.
Pour us a cosmo, we’ve been waiting a long time for this…
Thursday 9 December, Sky Comedy and Now
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