The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Celeb Big Brother to The Gentlemen

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The Completely Made-Up Adventures Of Dick Turpin

Today Apple TV+

From left to right, Duayne Boachie, Marc Wootton, Ellie White and Noel Fielding in ‘The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin’ (Photo: Apple TV)

Wondering what to do after finishing Our Flag Means Death? There’s hope here. Forget all the murdering and stealing the actual Dick Turpin was up to: Noel Fielding’s take is a far more kooky, hapless kind of highwayman. He and his gang, which includes Stath Lets Flats’ Ellie White and Nativity!’s Marc Wootton, rely mostly on Turpin’s excellent hair and charm for their reputation, but need to stay out of the hands of the Thief Taker General (Hugh Bonneville). It’s proper flintlocks and sabres stuff, and the cast – which also includes Tamsin Greig, Asim Chaudhry and Mark Heap – is solid. It’s not too proud to indulge in a few Dick jokes either.

The Push: Murder on the Cliff

Sunday 9pm, Channel 4

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Yasmin Javed (Photo: Channel 4)

In September 2021, 31-year-old lawyer Fawziyah Javed fell 50 feet from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh to her death, with her unborn child dying along with her. Her husband, Kashif Anwar, was accused of pushing her, and of a disturbing pattern of abuse going back years. This two-part documentary goes inside the courtroom as the trial plays out – it’s been possible to film in Scottish courtrooms for more than a decade now, which has been a boon for true crime storytellers. The trial hinged on evidence Javed managed to give herself, in her final moments.

How the BBC Began

Sunday 9pm, BBC Four

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Broadcasting House has been the home of the BBC since 1932 (Photo: ullstein bild via Getty Images)

This follow-up to John Bridcut’s two-part 2022 documentary celebrating the centenary of the Beeb, this wide-ranging documentary mixes archive and interviews to tune into the very earliest days of radio and TV. It does a couple of things very well: conjuring up the sheer wonder of hearing new worlds of sound coming into your house; and highlighting the work that ordinary people put into making the corporation happen. The fairly straightforward format is dusted with reminiscences from producers, journalists, technicians and presenters who had a front-row seat at history – like secretary Dorothy Singer, who recalls hand-delivering notes about the abdication from Lord Reith to prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

Celebrity Big Brother

Monday 9pm, ITV1

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‘Celebrity Big Brother’ hosts AJ Odudu and Will Best (Photo: ITV)

Nadine Dorries? Ekin-Su from Love Island? Kate Middleton’s uncle? The rumours as to who will turn up at the first CBB in six years started flying almost as soon as ITV announced it was reviving the show, and we’ll only know how successful the channel has been in pulling in big names once hosts AJ Odudu and Will Best reveal them at this live launch show. Episodes land at 9pm six nights a week from Sunday to Friday over the next 19 days.

Mary and George

Tuesday 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Mary & George is inspired by the unbelievable true story of Mary Villiers, who moulded her beautiful and charismatic son, George, to seduce King James VI of Scotland and I of England and become his all powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King???s most trusted advisors. And with England???s place on the world stage under threat from a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the King, the stakes could not have been higher. Prepared to stop at nothing and armed with her ruthless political steel, Mary married her way up the ranks, bribed politicians, colluded with criminals and clawed her way into the heart of the Establishment, making it her own. Mary & George is an audacious historical psychodrama about a treacherous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the Court of England and the bed of its King. Mary & George TV Still Sky Atlantic SEAC
‘Mary and George’ dramatises court politics around King James I (Photo: Rory Mulvey/Sky UK)

In this historical drama, Julianne Moore is a manipulative, sweary, grasping Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, once a player in the royal court but now fearing for her position with no money and none of her kids married off. So, she sets out to make her son George (Nicholas Galitzine) a favourite of King James I, in order to seduce him and climb up the ladder. Fortunately young George is sexy and smart enough to make it happen, but getting noticed brings its own dangers with it. If you’ve been missing the politicking, sniping and wigs of The Great, try this.

Sarah Everard: The Search for Justice

Tuesday 9pm, BBC One

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Sarah Everard’s death inspired protests across the country (Photo: BBC Studios)

The sense of shock, disgust and anger which the murder of Sarah Everard sparked across the country is as strong as it was in spring 2021, when news of her death – and the Met’s abysmal handling of vigils in her memory – first broke. This documentary retells the story of Everard’s death and the Met investigation, as well as the subsequent collapse in faith in the police that followed because of what then home secretary Priti Patel called “unimaginable failures in policing”.

Queens

Tuesday, Disney+

A lioness and her young cub walk through the grass of the East African plains. (National Geographic for Disney/Oscar Dewhurst)
A lioness and her cub (Photo: National Geographic for Disney/Oscar Dewhurst)

Oscar winner Angela Bassett narrates this National Geographic documentary which focuses on how the females of a species hold together power structures, set an example to younger generations, and/or tear their competitors’ faces off. There are lionesses, hyenas, elephants, monkeys, orcas, ants, bears and all sorts here. Bassett’s magisterial tones – and some pretty extraordinary camerawork – give things a stately, heavyweight feel.

The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson

Wednesday 9pm, Channel 4

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Boris Johnson addresses the nation during the coronavirus pandemic (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty Images)

Several political lifetimes ago in July 2022, Boris Johnson was hunkered down in No 10 as resignation after resignation piled up over his handling of the Chris Pincher scandal. Even Nadhim Zahawi, who had been chancellor for all of about 20 minutes, solemnly decreed that Johnson should stand down. How did it come to this? Over four episodes, Johnson’s route from the little boy who wanted to be World King to conquering landslide winner to resignation in disgrace is told with rare archive footage and interviews with insiders.

The Marlow Murder Club

Wednesday 9pm, Drama

The Marlow Murder Club - Episode 1 Picture shows: (L-R) Samantha Bond as Judith Potts, Cara Horgan as Becks Starling and Jo Martin as Suzie Harris TV Still UKTV
Samantha Bond with Cara Horgan, back left, and Jo Martin, back right, in ‘The Marlow Murder Club’ (Photo: UKTV)

Like a dark mirror to Death in Paradise, creator Robert Thorogood’s beachside caper, The Marlow Murder Club, pitches Samantha Bond, Jo Martin and Cara Horgan into sorting out who’s responsible for a death in their Thames Valley idyll. Bond is Judith, a 77-year-old semi-retired crossword setter for The Times, who sees a murder while she’s out cold water swimming. So far, so cosy crime. The police ignore her, so she ropes in dog-walker Suzie (Martin) and prim Becks (Horgan) to investigate. Soon, though, they realise that there’s a serial killer on the prowl.

The Gentlemen

Thursday, Netflix

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Kaya Scodelario as Susie Glass (Photo: Christopher Rafael/Netflix)

Guy Ritchie returns to the world of his 2019 film of the same name for more geezer-pleasing shenanigans. There’s no Matthew McConaughey or Hugh Grant in this spin-off though. Instead, Theo James (The White Lotus, The Time Traveller’s Wife) is Eddie Horniman, a newly landed aristo who discovers that the estate he’s just inherited from his dad includes a marijuana empire and a fairly hairy debt to some cocaine dealers thanks to his brother Freddie (Daniel Ings). Eddie wades into the barney to offer up some straighteners to save his old man’s business in the time-honoured Ritchie manner. Kaya Scodelario, Peter Serafinowicz, Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone also star.

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