Best new TV this weekend including Ratched on Netflix

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From the soothing return of Bake Off to the arrival of Ratched, Ryan Murphy’s newest glossy drama, here’s what we recommend watching this week. 

Autumn is now in full bloom. And with it comes a plethora of new TV to keep you on your sofa.

There’s a delicious reminder about the joy of cake/bread/pastry as Bake Off returns, an all-star cast in Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix drama and Millie Bobby Brown turns super sleuth. 

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

Ratched on Netflix
Ratched on Netflix

Ratched

Sarah Paulson collaborates with Ryan Murphy (Pose, American Horror Story, Glee) in this origin story of Nurse Mildred Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Paulson plays the titular character (alongside Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone and Sophie Okonedo), who manipulates her way into a job as a nurse in a psychiatric ward and begins her descent into darkness.

Friday 18 September, Netflix 

US on BBC One
US on BBC One

Us

Frequently there’s nothing more reassuring than a book adaptation – after all, you usually know how it ends. And here David Nicholls book about a middle-aged couple who take a family trip around Europe, after Connie (Saskia Reeves) tells husband Douglas (Tom Hollander) that she doesn’t love him anymore, gets the TV treatment.

Sunday 20 September, 9.00pm, BBC ONE

Ghosts on BBC ONE
Ghosts on BBC ONE

Ghosts

The surreal and popular sitcom about a couple who inherit a haunted country house returns. Written by the team behind Horrible Histories it stars Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Feel Good) and Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Stath Lets Flats) as the young couple who have to contend with the ghostly figures of Lady Fanny Button and Kitty (the brilliant Lolly Adefope) while trying to refurbish Button House.

Monday 21 September, 8.30pm, BBC ONE

The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4
The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off

It’s now become as synonymous with autumn as proclaiming: ‘I can’t believe how dark it is already’ at 7pm.  The Bake Off tent has been taken out of storage and this year there’s a new host in Matt Lucas (replacing beloved Sandi Toksvig), alongside stalwarts Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. 

But of course, this show is really all about the bakers, and this series there’s a neat 12 of them, ranging from radiographer Loriea to pantomime producer Lottie.

Tuesday 22 September, 9pm, Channel 4 

Enola Holmes on Netflix
Enola Holmes on Netflix

Enola Holmes

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown goes even further back in time for her newest Netflix film role –   to 1884 to be precise. She plays Enola Holmes, Sherlock’s younger sister, who puts her detective powers to the test when her mother Eudoria (played by Helena Bonham-Carter) goes missing. But she soon gets caught up in a mystery surrounding a young aristocrat. Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Susie Wokoma and Fiona Shaw also star.

Wednesday 23 September, Netflix 

Harlots on BBC TWO
Harlots on BBC TWO

Harlots: Episode 7 & 8 

Just like that, the brilliant female-fronted period drama draws to a close. And there’s much on the line for all the characters. 

Margaret (Samantha Morton) is in jail and waiting to hear her fate, while Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Nancy (Kate Fleetwood) try to save her from being hanged. Elsewhere Isabella (Liv Tyler) asks for help to save her daughter. 

Wednesday 23 September, 9.00pm, BBC TWO

Mercury Prize 2020: Album Of The Year on BBC FOUR
Mercury Prize 2020: Album Of The Year on BBC FOUR

Mercury Prize 2020: Album Of The Year

It’s a landmark year for female artists at this year’s Mercury Music Prize. The shortlist includes Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Georgia, Laura Marling and Anna Meredith as well as two female-fronted bands. 

Lauren Laverne will present this programme featuring new and archived footage of all twelve acts, before the winner is announced live on The One Show on Thursday 24 September. 

Wednesday 23 September, BBC FOUR

The Grand Party Hotel on BBC ONE
The Grand Party Hotel on BBC ONE

The Grand Party Hotel

Partying in a large group is merely a figment of our imaginations right now. But this documentary about a hotel might provide some nostalgic entertainment. 

It centres on The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool which houses a series of party rooms, that sleep up to 24 people, where you can celebrate everything from baby shower to hen dos to divorces. The circle of life.

Thursday 24 September, 8.00pm, BBC ONE

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