Choice of the week
Anatomy of a Scandal
A sexual assault committed by a deputy? Followed by an attempted cover-up? It probably felt like an austere premise when first conceived – now it feels like another week in the life of the UK government. Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller star as a rising Tory MP and his long-suffering wife who find themselves in the eye of a media, legal and political storm after Friend’s caddish James Whitehouse is revealed to have had an affair with assistant Olivia Lytton (Naomi Scott). Despite Whitehouse’s assurances, it seems his crime could be far worse. Written and produced by David E Kelley and House of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson, this series promises plenty of dark intrigue.
Netflix, starting Friday, April 15
“Life without cameras,” says the trailer’s voiceover, “was a big change for us.” Well, the first reality TV family is back on familiar ground now, as they return for another season of less than stoically tackled issues. This time they’re on a new platform after a tearful farewell to E! in 2021. But the tone is more or less the same, even if the title has been tweaked. Expect Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s engagement to feature prominently, along with the aftermath of the tragic events of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival and, on a happier note, Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy.
Disney+, from Thursday April 14
Catherine Tate returns to our screens with a documentary-style comedy, set in the fictional women’s prison at HMP Woldsley. Tate gets on the prosthetics to play multiple characters — from the incongruous, jolly governor Laura Willis to Big Viv, an inevitably furious lifer — as the inmates attempt to stage a musical with the idea of finding redemption through creativity. As is often the case with Tate, his undeniable talent and versatility as a performer is sometimes not enough to mask the writing flaws, which can come across as slightly monotonous.
Netflix, starting Tuesday, April 12
A second series for this meta-sitcom (very much in the stylistic vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louie) featuring Argentinian comedic and radio personality Sebastián Wainraich as, inevitably, Sebastián, a somewhat grumpy and somewhat grumpy comedic and radio personality. promote. Again, unsurprisingly, Sebastián has a complicated private life – his ex-wife raised the sticks at Barcelona and took their kids with her. In this series, Sebastián tries to reconnect with his family and gets a little more than he bargained for. Sweetly funny with a hint of midlife melancholy.
Netflix, from Wednesday April 13
Our major national parks
Barack Obama takes the place of David Attenborough in this gripping, beautifully shot new series exploring the natural magnificence of the world’s most beautiful national parks. Traveling the world from Kenya to California and marveling at beasts ranging from sea turtles to sloths, Obama immerses himself in each park’s unique ecosystem, and sense of wonder – not to mention his sonic delivery. – is very contagious. We are impatiently awaiting Donald Trump’s inevitable documentary opus on the great golf courses of the world.
Netflix, from Wednesday April 13
Why didn’t they ask Evans?
The title of this adaptation of Agatha Christie is the beginning of its mystery: the last words of a man found dying at the foot of a cliff. The pair of amateur sleuths investigating the mystery of his downfall are Will Poulter’s left-hand vicar’s son, Bobby Jones, and his glamorous socialite friend Frances Derwent (Lucy Boynton). Directed by Hugh Laurie, it’s solid if generic fare, driven by a certain tongue-in-cheek humor but generally plays out exactly as you’d expect from an Agatha Christie adaptation on BritBox.
BritBox, from Thursday April 14
A thrilling and unpredictable anthology series of feminist fables from the team behind cult ’80s wrestling hit Glow, Roar stretches far and wide in terms of styles and situations across its eight episodes. There is realism and surrealism, comedy and horror. There is a woman who compulsively eats photographs. A wife who “makes” her husband unsatisfactory as a low-quality consumer device. A woman whose husband made a shelf to display it. The impressive cast includes Issa Rae, Alison Brie and Nicole Kidman.
Apple TV+, starting Friday, April 15