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TV guide: the best things to watch this week including Netflix's refreshing new romcom

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Helen Bownass
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From an original romcom about young love to a documentary about a model turned war reporter here’s what to watch this week. 

The wet weather might be dampening our spirits, but at least there’s plenty to watch and stay indoors for. Here’s our pick of what to watch and stream for every mood. 

The Half of It: Leah Lewis as Ellie and Daniel Diemer as Paul

The Half of It

Netflix continues their excellent spree of relatable contemporary rom-coms with The Half of It. Shy Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) lives with her widowed dad and makes money writing essays for fellow students. One day she agrees to help jock Paul by writing a love letter to pretty Aster Flores – and she ends up falling for her. This is not only a film about same sex love but it also has a platonic friendship at its heart. Much needed. 

The Half of It is on Netflix on Friday May 1

Trying: Esther Smith as Nikki and Rafe Spall as Jason

Trying

We probably all know someone that has been through the anguish of wanting to have a baby, but being unable. Apple TV’s newest British made eight-part comedy focuses on just that. At the centre are Nikki (Esther Smith) and Jason (Rafe Spall) who can’t have a baby due to Nikki’s infertility, so decide instead to begin the adoption process. Imelda Staunton also stars as their relationship councillor, and if it’s that not the sign of quality, we don’t know what is.

Trying is all on Apple TV on Friday May 1

Best TV shows 2020: Hollywood.
Hollywood: Samara Weaving as Claire Wood and Laura Harrier as Camille Washington

Hollywood

Glee and The Politician creator Ryan Murphy never seems to stop, and his latest creation is this new Netflix series, set amongst the razzle dazzle of old Hollywood. The series - directed by Janet Mock (Pose)  - follows a band of aspiring creatives trying to make it big in the Golden Age of Hollywood but it’s an alternate history which examines decades old power dynamics and what dismantling them might have done. With a cast that includes Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Jim Parsons and Queen Latifah consider us officially invested.

Hollywood is on Netflix on May 1 

Model turned reporter Lee Miller

Lee Miller - A Life on The Frontline

You may not have heard of Lee Miller, but this BBC documentary about her uncovers a fascinating life. She went from a supermodel, appearing on the cover of American Vogue, to a photographer and war reporter covering the liberation of Europe at the end of World War II before retreating from public life after the trauma she witnessed. War photographer Lynsey Addario and supermodel Karen Elson also appear to testify to her resilience and ground-breaking spirit.

Lee Miller- A Life on the Frontline is on BBC Two on Saturday 2 May, 10.25pm

The Repair Shop: (left to right) Jay Blades, Steven Fletcher, Suzie Fletcher, Will Kirk

The Repair Shop

And now for something completely different… Like much of the UK, Wednesday nights are now for The Repair Shop. The gentle series sees people bring worn-out heirlooms to the barn to be restored. It’s that simple. And it’s very heart-warming. The penultimate episode of this series sees an old armchair and a miner’s lamp that saved the life of its owner bought back to life.

The Repair Shop is on BBC One on Wednesday April 29, 8pm 

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