What to watch on TV this week
From the return of comedian Aisling Bea's brilliant This Way Up to the second and final series of Baptiste, this week in TV welcomes back some fiction after a lot of sport
The first series of This Way Up secured Aisling Bea’s brilliance as a performer and a writer, straddling both comedy and drama. And despite being one in a vast selection of stand-ups penning their own TV shows, Bea is among the best.
In series two, English-language teacher Aine (Bea) progresses in her relationship with her considerably older employer Richard (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, Aine’s sister Shona (Sharon Horgan) is temporarily coping without her fiancé Vish (Aasif Mandvi), but keeps thinking about her secret kiss with business partner Charlotte (Indira Varma).
After The Missing ended in 2016, it’s as if the writers Harry and Jack Williams couldn’t say goodbye to their beloved detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo). In 2019, they created a spin-off show for him. But – unless a new season of The Missing is stealthily in development – the Williams brothers are now concluding Julien's story, in the final series of Baptiste.
The always-memorable Killing Eve actor Fiona Shaw plays British ambassador Emma Chambers. Emma’s husband and children suddenly disappear during a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains, and she enlists Julien to help find her family. Julien’s not the same as before, enduring a personal tragedy, but this new case enraptures his attention.
OCD – or TV's version of it – is incredibly useful for on-screen detectives. It’s a pleasure to watch these meticulous, extra-sensory sleuths in action, even if everyone around them grows increasingly frustrated. Such is the case for Jasper Tempest (Ben Miller) in Professor T.
A lecturer at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, Jasper and his calculated world fall apart when the police get in touch. A serial rapist is on the loose and one of his former students, DS Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi), is desperate for his input. This forces Jasper out of his comfort zone – especially when he bumps into an old flame, Christina (Juliet Aubrey), who’s now the Detective Chief Inspector.
When the teen-comedy series Never Have I Ever dropped on Netflix last year, it was an instant hit. The story follows the 15-year-old, Indian-American girl Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who’s desperate to find a boyfriend.
By the end of season one, she gets more than she bargained for. Not only does Devi kiss her academic nemesis Ben (Jaren Lewison), but the attractive swimmer Paxton (Darren Barnet) realises he has feelings for her. In season two, Devi looks at this new love triangle in a positive way: now, she has two boyfriends. She tries to date both of them at the same time, without the other knowing.
The National Health Service is one of Great Britain’s great achievements and deserves to be treated as such, especially during the pandemic.
This enlightening documentary from David Olusoga not only examines the beginnings of the NHS, but also how immigration played a vital role in sustaining it. Olusoga interviews many doctors and nurses from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean who travelled to work for this institution – despite the prejudice they faced.
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