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Line of Duty and Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio is behind this new crime thriller set in Northern Ireland. James Nesbitt plays Tom Brannick, a police detective whose wife was killed by an elusive assassin known as Goliath. When a new case arrives on his doorstep, Brannick worries that a murder spree is about to start again.
Sunday February 21, 9:00 p.m., BBC One

Potter Grayson Perry returns for a new series of his lockdown creation hit, alongside his wife Philippa and a host of celebrity guests, including singer Boy George in this week’s opening episode. George creates a play based on the family theme before looking at the audience’s efforts.
Friday, February 27, 8:00 p.m., Channel 4

Batwoman’s Brianne Howey plays Georgia Miller, a young mother of two, in this new drama series. As her family moves house once again, this time to a quiet New England town, their daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry) struggles to fit in, while her wayward mother’s past soon comes back to haunt them.
Wednesday, February 24, Netflix

Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley.
Life during the war … Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley. Photograph: BBC

To mark the 80th anniversary of the bombing, British historian Lucy Worsley uncovers the stories of ordinary civilians on the front lines of the eight-month-long German bombing campaign, from women who volunteered as stretcher-bearers to men in the fire service.
Tuesday 23 February, 8.30pm, BBC One

Duo geordie’s award-winning saturday night mainstay returns for a 17th series. As always, it offers a gloriously escapist mix of great showbiz guests, including Davina McCall, Mo Farah and Harry Redknapp, ridiculous challenges and camera setups. fondly hidden from the old school.
Saturday 20 February, 7pm, ITV

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo prophetically addresses the lockdown crisis of lack of intimacy with this stand-up special that recounts her years of adolescent angst and dating in her 20s with an admirable commitment to her own shame.
Sunday February 21, BBC Three

Behind the wheel ... Ryan Philippe as private detective Cody Hoyt in Big Sky.
Behind the wheel … Ryan Philippe as private detective Cody Hoyt in Big Sky. Photograph: Darko Sikman / ABC

From the creator of Big Little Lies, David E Kelley, comes this pulpy new crime drama centered on a small Montana town. When two teenagers go missing, private detectives Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody Hoyt (Ryan Phillippe) must solve the case.
Tuesday, February 23, Star on Disney +

Stage fright is at full blast in this charity-themed series that commissions five celebrities with just two weeks to write and deliver a stand-up routine in aid of Stand Up to Cancer. His only lifelines are professional comic mentors, such as Zoe Lyons and David Baddiel.
Thursday, February 25, 9:00 p.m., Channel 4

Set in the same world as the 2018 LGBTQ + film Love, Simon, this television spin-off focuses on titular teenager Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino) and his difficult path to self-acceptance after he and his family move to a new city. Ana Ortiz and Mekhi Phifer are co-stars.
Tuesday, February 23, Star on Disney +

The mountain of the cold case… Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker in Unforgotten.
The mountain of the cold case… Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker in Unforgotten. Photography: ITV

DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar, with a trusty backpack in tow) return for the fourth season of the ITV crime drama. The pair will investigate a landmark murder case to try to uncover its secrets, while the series also promises to look at society’s changing relationship with the police.
Monday, February 22, 9 p.m., ITV

Podcasts

Qcode brings a new scripted offering, reuniting New Girl’s Lamorne Morris and Jake Johnson in this tale of two slackers addicted to video games who hope to catch a fugitive convicted murderer hiding in their small town for the $ 1 million reward. . Morris co-wrote the eight-part series, which also stars Billy Magnussen from Aladdin and Anna Camp from Pitch Perfect.
Weekly, widely available starting Tuesday

Thirst Aid Kit co-host Nichole Perkins leads this fun podcast series that explores the things we love and argues that there is no such thing as guilty pleasure. The first episode looks at how to maximize sexual pleasure with sexologist Tyomi Morgan, while future installments include the joy of a bad movie.
Weekly, widely available

The Guardian Australia office brings this current affairs pod together by dissecting stories with a global focus. Recent highlights have included discussions of Australia’s lackluster policies on the climate crisis, the future of the country’s casino industry, and the Collingwood football club’s reckoning of racism in gambling.
Weekdays, The Guardian

Author Danyel Smith introduces this new group that celebrates the talents of black women in music. The first episode looks at Whitney Houston’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner in the 1991 Super Bowl and features commentary from Houston’s friend Deborah Cox, while future episodes focus on Sade and Ella Mai.
Weekly, widely available

The scam is on… Rosamund Pike as Marla in I Care a Lot.
The scam is on… Rosamund Pike as Marla in I Care a Lot. Photography: Seacia Pavao / Netflix

Film

(J Blakeson) 118 minutes
Golden Globe nominee Rosamund Pike brings her crafty Gone Girl style to this tasty thriller. She plays Marla, a legal guardian of vulnerable elders who exploits her position to fleece them. That is until he takes over for Jennifer (Dianne Wiest), who is connected to some very bad people, mainly mobster Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage).
Amazon Prime Video

(John Hay) 99 minutes
The 1962 death of his daughter Olivia offers a window into the turbulent lives of author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) and his actress wife Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes) in this well-acted drama. He is in the middle of writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but pain destroys his cozy, albeit dull by alcohol, domesticity.
Sky Cinema

(Ben Nichols, David Tryhorn) 108 minutes
An interesting contrast to 2019’s Diego Maradona, this documentary on the Brazilian superstar footballer features the same wonder for genius, redemptive story arc, and involvement with dubious types. It differs in the sympathy factor: Pelé seems like a pretty humble guy, which means the movie lacks a bit of an edge.
Netflix, starting Tuesday, February 23

To the outside… Maisie Williams at The Owners.
To the outside… Maisie Williams at The Owners.

(Julius Berg) 92 minutes
A clean, modest but cleverly plotted horror. A group of young men, including Maisie Williams and Andrew Ellis, plan to rob a rural mansion owned by a doctor and his wife (Sylvester McCoy and Rita Tushingham), but events soon got out of their control.
In digital, from Monday February 22

Retiring online, GFF 2021 presents eight world premieres, including the Alan McGee biopic written by Irvine Welsh Creation stories and doc punk Styrofoam: I’m a cliche, plus a focus on the history and cinema of Black Scotland.
Wednesday, February 24 to March 7, glasgowfilm.org

Daniel Wolfe’s grim but beautifully filmed drama explores the horror of “honor” killings. British Pakistani girl Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) has run away with her white boyfriend, Aaron (Conor McCarron). But hiding in a caravan in the humid Yorkshire moors will only help for a while, as her brother and his cohorts plot revenge for their alleged betrayal.
Sunday February 21, 12:40 p.m., Film4

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