What to watch on TV this week
From the Aisling Bea / Sam Claflin Netflix romcom Love Wedding Repeat to the charming, cuddly beauty of Paddington, this week in TV has plenty of escapes
Given everything that’s happening – the samey self-isolation inside; the fearful emptiness outside – a trashy romcom is just what the doctor ordered. Love Wedding Repeat, starring Aisling Bea and Sam Claflin, is a film about the perfect wedding day… and the ludicrous efforts made to keep it that way.
This is a more lighthearted turn for Claflin, who’s great at playing sadistic villains – seen in the brutal Jennifer Kent movie The Nightingale and the politically resonant fifth season of Peaky Blinders. Here, he plays the brother of the bride, trying to maintain order at the wedding by juggling exes, uninvited guests, old flames, and sleeping pills. Also stars Olivia Munn.
We probably all had a cuddly bear at a delicate stage in our lives. Why should that stop after crossing into adulthood? The live-action Paddington movie, based on the world-renowned children’s books by the late Michael Bond, has a cuddly bear from Peru who loves marmalade sandwiches. The film took no time at all to grow into a modern kids’ classic.
Its sugar-sweet storyline, tearfully beautiful animation, and lightly hilarious comedy – all set within a comfortable, fairytale world – is the perfect film to watch with a duvet. Even if you don’t have kids, watching this marmalade-addicted bear navigate a romanticised version of London is the best escape this week.
The big, white Bake-Off tent feels like a paradise: a marshmallow marquee specially designed to make beautiful treats filled with sugar. The Great British Bake-Off, since its BBC beginnings in 2010, has turned the nation into eager amateur bakers. Every shot is tailored to make mouths water, whether a perfect bake or a baked disaster. Watching the show is as pleasant as tea and cake.
In the last of this celebrity, Stand-Up to Cancer special, Carol Vorderman, Rob Rinder, Kelly Brook, and Mo Gilligan all compete in the tent. They attempt sandwich biscuits, sweet-bread, and showstopping cakes themed around guilty pleasures.
A magical way to reach sporting stardom is hardly a new concept, but its mythical properties never dry up. The Main Event takes a Like Mike-ish concept – a kid finding sportswear that turns the wearer into a professional – and pushes it into the world of WWE wrestling.
11-year-old Leo (Seth Carr) has the very unlikely dream of becoming a wrestling superstar, but he’s hardly the right fit. He discovers a magical mask that endows him with super-strength, which he takes to a WWE competition – subsequently beating everybody in the ring. But can he beat them all?
There’s no shortage on articles and documentaries about the notorious Russian leader Vladamir Putin (Channel 4’s Putin: A Russian Spy Story concludes Monday), but what about those close to him?
This new BBC Two documentary tells the fraught, poisonous story of Putin’s former banker friend Sergei Pugachev and his wife the Countess Alexandra Tolstory, showing their strained relationship following their exile from Russia.
The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka is a topic that most, in these anxious hours, don’t want endure again. But it’s important to listen to the voices affected by these attacks, whatever we’re going through.
On 21st April last year, Islamist terrorists co-ordinated a number of suicide bombings on churches and hotels in Colombo City, murdering 270 people. Terror in Paradise investigates the stages leading to these anti-Christian attacks by ringleader Zahran Hashim, founder of the extremist group National Thoweeth Jama’ath. Reporter Jane Corbin consults experts, CCTV footage, and survivors to piece together how it all happened.
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