There’s a US election Spitting Picture particular on ITV on Saturday night – and possibly a snarky giggle might be welcome, not least within the pursuits of offsetting nerves. However after all, nothing can match the grotesque absurdity of actuality. Repair a powerful drink and take your decide of channels on Tuesday night for the ultimate reckoning.
Tuesday 3 November, 11pm, BBC One; ITV; Sky Information
Already labored your approach via the 600-odd archive of Simpsons episodes on Disney+? The brand new season has arrived, and options cameos galore, together with Billy Porter and Cate Blanchett, with music from John Legend and Weezer – plus the most recent Treehouse of Horror in time for Halloween.
From Friday 6 November, Disney+
The outstanding story of influencer, self-styled girlboss and serial con artist Mariam Mola, whose scams focused bank card corporations, luxurious boutiques and impressionable youngsters. How was she caught? And the way did she reinvent herself?
Tuesday 3 November, BBC Three
It’s all kicking off in Cape City: organised crime, weapons smuggling, terrorism, black rhinos and blood diamonds are all on the agenda on this sweaty new crime thriller, primarily based on Deon Meyer’s sprawling novel. Suffice to say, the CIA-like Presidential Bureau of Intelligence struggles to maintain up with this carnage.
Friday 6 November, 9pm, Sky Atlantic
A nautical actuality problem, stripped throughout the week. Two groups, together with the likes of Tom Watson, Kimberly Wyatt and Denise Lewis are tasked with rowing the size of Britain. Andrew Flintoff and AJ Odudu regulate their progress.
Monday 2 November, 9pm, ITV
After being shot whereas reporting from Saudi Arabia in 2004, Frank Gardner continued to work because the BBC’s safety correspondent. Right here, he discusses the realities of working in such a demanding setting with a life-changing incapacity.
Thursday 5 November, 9pm, BBC Two
The historian helms a three-part particular on the mythology (and out-and-out porkies) round royalty. Masking the Georgian regency and the Russian Revolution, the collection opens with the French Revolution – revealing the “compassionate” design of the guillotine.
Friday 6 November, 9pm, BBC Two
This grisly collection is the most recent of Netflix’s investigative docs, right here inspecting the 2002 homicide of a high-society Argentinian sociologist, discovered useless in her bathtub. Her husband claimed it was a drowning accident – bullet wounds appeared to strongly counsel in any other case.
Thursday 5 November, Netflix
Filmed earlier than Covid hit, the return of the Bafta-winning collection a few Salford complete is a poignant reminder of what children are lacking out on now – and the truth of on a regular basis struggles again then. On this opening episode, academics cope with a “black market” commerce on sweets, and herald bag searches after a pupil is noticed with a knife.
Tuesday 3 November, 9.15pm, Channel 4
After he disbanded the Jam in 1982, Paul Weller aimed to raise pop music to an artform. This spectacular doc options interviews with Weller and co, plus followers Billy Bragg and Martin Freeman.
Saturday 31 October, 9pm, Sky Arts
With this yr marking the twenty fifth anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this six-part podcast traces the harrowing killings within the small city of Srebrenica, that includes outstanding testimony from survivors, in addition to evaluation from teachers on the marketing campaign of ethnic cleaning undertaken by former Bosnian Serb chief Ratko Mladić.
Weekly, extensively obtainable
Let it by no means be stated that comedian Harry Hill is now not an eccentric or stunning determine. On this new eight-part podcast collection, Hill takes us to quite a lot of totally different places – from an workplace to a seashore to a farm – and data half an hour’s price of ambient sounds earlier than interrupting together with his “noise”. A mindfulness journey gone mad.
All episodes extensively obtainable now
Be a part of presenter Anushka Asthana and the Guardian’s reporters for a day by day deep dive into the world’s greatest tales and the paper’s most necessary investigations. Latest episodes have included evaluation on the way forward for the inexperienced motion, a Black Historical past Month particular, and understanding the combat over trans rights.
Every day, the Guardian
This new collection is knockout stuff: Maxine Peake narrates the tales of Pleasure Division and New Order, as much as the discharge of 1983’s Blue Monday. There are insights from Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert and Peter Hook, plus followers together with Damon Albarn and Johnny Marr.
Weekly, extensively obtainable
In 2014 journalist Ben Reiter boldly predicted that the worst staff in Main League baseball, the Houston Astros, would win the World Collection championship simply three years later. Remarkably he was proper – but it emerged that the staff’s victory was the results of dishonest. Reiter seems at how he – and the remainder of baseball – have been fooled, in a compelling collection.
Weekly, extensively obtainable
(Josephine Decker) 106 minutes
The turbulent lifetime of the horror author Shirley Jackson (a devilishly good Elisabeth Moss) is reimagined vividly via the eyes of Rose (Odessa Younger), who’s lodging together with her husband on the home of Shirley and partner Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg). Shades of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? add chunk to an engrossing, viperish story of creativity and feminine company.
In cinemas and Curzon House Cinema
(Natalie Erika James) 89 minutes
A splendidly creepy first characteristic from James, utilizing the psychological horror of dementia as a prop for an expertly paced haunted home chiller. Kay (Emily Mortimer) and daughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) go to Kay’s mom Edna (Robyn Nevin) at her house, the place a darkness is lurking.
In cinemas and digital
(Bassam Tariq) 90 minutes
Riz Ahmed co-wrote and stars on this authentic story of a British-Pakistani rapper, Zed, whose final seize at fame is stymied when he’s recognized with a persistent autoimmune sickness. His ambivalence in the direction of his dad and mom and heritage floor in a movie that tumbles collectively reminiscence, goals and hallucinations.
(Robert Zemeckis) 100 minutes
Roald Dahl’s fantastical story will get a high-spec US reboot, with added racial undertones. Jahzir Bruno is the boy in 60s Alabama become a mouse by Grand Excessive Witch Anne Hathaway (chewing up the surroundings); Octavia Spencer as his gran helps him get revenge.
On digital platforms
(Damilola Orimogunje) 76 minutes
This yr’s Movie Africa competition (to eight Nov) mixes stay screenings in London with on-line options, together with this one, a quietly affecting Nigerian drama a few new mom scuffling with postpartum melancholy.
Author-director Claire Oakley provides a forbidding air to the loneliness of an low season Cornish caravan web site on this unsettling chiller. Molly Windsor is Ruth, a young person arriving on the resort to be with boyfriend Tom (Joseph Quinn). however are the Don’t Look Now solutions of a red-haired, ghostly presence simply her creativeness, or actual?
Saturday 31 October, 9.45pm, BBC Two