From a fun and frothy dance movie, to a summertime romance in the French Riviera, here’s what we recommend watching this week.
If you need to take shelter from the ongoing heatwave, then you’ll no doubt be pleased to hear that the TV gods have done it again: there’s plenty of brilliant, female-led dramas, comedies, reality shows, and book adaptations to sink your teeth into this week.
So, whether you’re in the mood for an uplifting dance movie, an award-winning romance with definite Unorthodox vibes, a dark look at 18th-century brothel life, a summertime fling in the French Riviera, or just some serious property porn, we’ve definitely got something for you.
And so, without any further ado, here’s everything we recommend watching this week.
Fancy something fun and frothy? Of course you bloody do, which is why you need to watch Work It this weekend.
In this soon-to-be Netflix classic, Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter) learns that her admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition. So, being the tenacious go-getter she is, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school.
Now all she needs to is… well, learn how to dance.
Friday 7 August, Netflix.
Selling Sunset: Season 3
We get it, we do: sometimes you just want to switch on a reality TV show and switch off from everything else. Thankfully, the third series of Selling Sunset looks set to be an absolute bingefest.
Set in the world of LA’s high-end real estate, the series follows seven of the city’s most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the #1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other. These ladies will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact.
This season, the women deal with even more mind-blowing mansions, shocking new romances, and explosive truth. And, on top of all that, we will finally find out who sold the luxurious $40million house (and picked up the commission, too!).
Friday 7 August, Netflix
A Suitable Boy: Episode 3
This lavish period drama just gets better and better each week, doesn’t it?
In this week’s episode, we find Mrs Mehra overwhelmingly concerned by Lata’s growing friendship with poet Amit Chatterji. So concerned, in fact, that she decides to take matters into her own hands and find her headstrong daughter a husband. She soon decides she’d like shoe-manufacturer Haresh Khanna to become her son-in-law, despite his slightly dubious past. Lata, though, is not so easily convinced.
Elsewhere, Maan has been banished to the countryside with his Urdu tutor. As his eyes are opened to the hardships of rural life, he soon forgets Saeeda Bai and sets upon becoming becomes an unlikely campaigner for social justice.
And, all the while, the tensions and political turbulence of 1950s India bubble under the surface.
Sunday 9 August, 9pm, BBC One.
Unorthodox fans will definitely want to check out Disobedience.
Adapted from Naomi Alderman’s 2006 award-winning novel of the same name, it tells the story of Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz), a woman who has escaped the restrictive world in which she was raised and started afresh in New York. However, when her father passes away in the Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon, north London, she is called upon to return home and honour his death.
Back in the confines of her former community, she feels awkward and out of place, and further discomfort arises when she learns her childhood friends Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and Esti (Rachel McAdams) are now a married couple. Not least of all because she and Esti share a deep secret…
Tuesday 11 August, 9pm, Film4.
Little Birds: Episode 3
Based on Anaïs Nin’s erotic short stories, the third episode of Little Birds is an absolute humdinger.
The French Secretary (Jean-Marc Barr) has invited Lucy (Juno Temple) to a private lunch for two, although it soon becomes clear he has more than fine dining in mind. Hugo (Hugh Skinner) is struggling to deal with some unfinished business that Lucy’s father asked him to take care of. And, when a session with a client ends unexpectedly, dominatrix Cherifa (Yumna Marwan) is left in a tricky position.
Seductive telly, as ever.
Tuesday 11 August, 9pm, Sky Atlantic.
Harlots: Episodes 3 & 4
If you needed a reminder that life as a woman in 18th-century England sucked, look no further than hit period drama, Harlots.
Written and directed by an all-female crew, the first two episodes went down an absolute storm with viewers when they aired on BBC2 last week. And we doubt things are going to be any different this time around, either. Although, fair warning, episode three of the series is incredibly dark.
Lucy (Eloise Smyth) is shipped off to the country to spend a few days with the sadistic Lord and Lady Repton, but quickly finds herself terrified and well out of her depth. Emily Lacey (Holli Dempsey)’s “attitude” has gotten her into serious trouble, too: not only is she starved and beaten, but she is also forced to service the brothel’s most feared and abusive client. And Justice Cunliffe (Richard McCabe) is on the hunt for a new, virgin girl for a wealthy client, but Lydia (Lesley Manville) is reluctant to provide one without some assurances.
Wednesday 5 August, 9pm, BBC2.
An Easy Girl
The ideal escape from lockdown life, An Easy Girl is set in the summertime on the French Riviera, which means you’re about to be served a plethora of turquoise oceans, golden sunshine, and sandy white beaches.
While those panoramic landscape shots are more than enough to draw viewers in, this award-winning film also has a lot going for it in terms of plot. Because, without giving too much away, it sees 16-year-old Naima (Mina Farid) become irresistibly drawn into her cousin Sofia’s (Zahia Dehar) free-spirited lifestyle, despite warnings from her concerned best friend.
Thursday 13 August, Netflix.
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Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.