What To Watch On Catch-Up This Month

We're barely three months in, but this year has already delivered some great programmes you may have missed first time round. Here’s our pick of the best to watch now…

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Prime Video

In series four of this Amazon hit, it's 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft – and the places it takes her – creates a rift between her and the family and friends around her.

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Peaky Blinders, iPlayer

The period gangster drama is back for its sixth and final series – and if you haven’t caught up yet, now’s your chance to catch every episode on iPlayer. In the new series, Tommy (Cillian Murphy) sets off to North America, where the end of Prohibition brings with it opportunities, but he faces new danger from an old adversary who is finally making his move. In his Boston hotel room, Tommy takes a call and receives concerning news, forcing him to cut short his trip and head straight back to Birmingham. Also stars Natasha O'Keeffe, Paul Anderson and Sophie Rundle.

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Inventing Anna, Netflix

On the outside, Anna Delvey seemed like any other rich, young socialite living a luxury life funded by her family’s money. She had a seemingly endless supply of cash, lived in upmarket New York hotels, ate at the city’s best restaurants and attended all the fashion crowd parties. She had ambitious dreams of launching her own art-focused members’ club in Manhattan – and managed to dupe many of her rich acquaintances into part-funding it. But behind the lavish lifestyle she posted on Instagram – designer clothes, exotic trips in private jets – was a huge financial scam. The subject of countless features and podcasts, the ‘fake heiress’ story has now undergone the Netflix treatment. It makes for fascinating viewing – regardless of whether you’ve followed the twists and turns of the real-life story up to this point.

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The Desperate Hour, Now

Amy Carr (Naomi Watts) is out for what should have been a restorative morning run when a friend calls with terrifying news: authorities are in pursuit of an active shooter, and her teenage son Noah may be caught in the middle. Deep within a network of forest paths surrounding her home, miles from town and nearly overwhelmed by panic, Amy refuses to succumb to hopelessness. With her smartphone as her sole means of intervention, she will draw upon every resource she can think of to ensure her son survives the attack.

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Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, iPlayer

This six-part series follows Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as he travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines. In each episode, Tucci visits a different region or city, showing viewers how the diversity of Italian cooking offers a gateway through which they can glimpse Italy’s history and culture. From the luxurious creamy carbonara of Rome to the delicious simplicity of Sicily’s pasta alla Norma, the saffron risotto in Milan to the world’s best pizza in Naples – he has a bottomless appetite for it all.

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Suspicion, Apple TV+

In this thriller, five ordinary Brits are accused of kidnapping the son of a prominent US media mogul (Uma Thurman). As they find themselves in a transatlantic cat-and-mouse race to evade the combined forces of the National Crime Agency and the FBI, and prove their innocence, it becomes apparent that not everyone can be trusted. Who is really behind the mysterious abduction? And who is only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time? And, most importantly, will anyone believe them?

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This Is Going To Hurt, iPlayer

This comedy drama is based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, documenting his time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. In the first episode, Adam treats a racist pregnant woman, but head midwife Tracy is unimpressed with how he handles it. He manages to get out of work on time to attend his best friend's stag do but is immediately called back to the hospital to cover a staff shortage, abandoning his boyfriend Harry at the party. Stars Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod.

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Louis Theroux: Forbidden America, iPlayer

For his newest outing, Louis Theroux returns to the US to explore the impact of the internet and social media on some of the most controversial corners of American society. He begins by meeting the new influencers of the far-right who are promoting an ideology that is racist, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic, often packaging their most extreme views as ‘irony’. Here, he attempts to understand their recent surge in popularity and challenges the divisive rhetoric that is being streamed to millions of young viewers online.

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The Big Design Challenge, Now

Hosted by DJ and multi-award-winning broadcaster Lauren Laverne, The Big Design Challenge sees eight top creatives battle it out over five episodes to be crowned Britain’s next design superstar. Drawn from all corners of the UK, the competitors will put their problem-solving abilities and creative flair to the test, set by a series of guest judges including Konnie Huq, Lemn Sissay, Mourad Mazour, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Orbital. The winner will have the opportunity to exhibit their designs at the V&A.

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Chloe, iPlayer

Starring Erin Doherty (The Crown), this thriller follows Becky Green who has been watching Chloe Fairbourne (Poppy Gilbert) via her perfect social media images for some time; Chloe’s charmed life, adoring husband and circle of high-achieving friends are always just a click away. Becky can’t resist watching a life that contrasts so starkly with her own; a life spent caring for her mother, who has early-onset dementia, in their small seaside flat on the outskirts of Bristol. So, when Chloe dies suddenly, Becky assumes a new identity and infiltrates the enviable lives of Chloe's closest friends to find out what happened to her.

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No Return, ITV Hub

When Kathy and Martin's teenage son Noah goes to a beach party during the family holiday in Turkey, little do they know their world is about to turn upside down. Accused of a serious crime he denies committing, Noah faces prison thousands of miles from home. Stars Sheridan Smith and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.

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The Teacher, Channel 5

Jenna Garvey is a popular teacher, but beneath the veneer of professional respectability she is emotionally troubled, numbing her pain with alcohol and promiscuity. After a night out celebrating a promotion, she is accused of sleeping with 15-year-old Kyle Hope, one of her pupils, and her life starts to unravel. Stars Sheridan Smith, Samuel Bottomley and Kelvin Fletcher.

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The Gilded Age, Now

Downton Abbey will be back on cinema screens later this year, but those looking for an immediate period drama fix should watch Julian Fellowes’ newest show, The Gilded Age. It’s 1882 and the Gilded Age is in full swing when Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), a young orphaned daughter of a Southern general, moves in with her rigidly conventional aunts in New York. With the help of Peggy Scott (Denée Benton), an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her rich neighbours.

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Kelvin's Big Farming Adventure, iPlayer

This new documentary follows Emmerdale and Strictly Come Dancing star Kelvin Fletcher as he attempts to set up his own 120-acre farm on the edge of the Peak District, despite having zero agricultural experience. The series begins one month in, when the list of jobs is mounting and stress levels are rising. Before investing in their own livestock, Kelvin and his wife Liz get some hands-on experience with a helpful neighbour's flock of sheep, but the harsh realities of animal husbandry soon hit home.

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The Responder, iPlayer

In this police drama, Martin Freeman plays an officer who’s struggling to keep a grip on his mental health and marriage. In relentless night-time Liverpool, copper Chris is paired with a rookie. In episode one, he tries to help a young heroin addict, whose friend tries to harm him, unaware that his colleagues are watching and suspect he’s corrupt.

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Hidden Assets, iPlayer

This new crime series follows Irish Criminal Assets Bureau detective Emer Berry (Angeline Ball) who reveals that a drug dealer has been receiving substantial funding from an untraceable source – not in cash, but in rough diamonds. When the diamonds are linked to a series of bombings in Belgium, Emer must work with police commissioner Christian De Jong.

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The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita, iPlayer

Andi Oliver and her daughter Miquita visit the Caribbean to see the changing West Indies from the perspective of two generations, with stops in Antigua, Barbuda and Barbados. They begin by reconnecting with their family in Antigua and meet fellow Black Brits who have given up life in London and made the move to the Caribbean. A must-watch for travel and food fans.

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Rules Of The Game, iPlayer

This four-part thriller is about sexual politics in the workplace. Partly inspired by the Harvey Weinstein abuse case and the #MeToo movement, an executive is forced to investigate events that led to a brutal death within her company. When a new HR director is hired, disturbing stories from the workforce come to light.

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Trigger Point, ITV Hub

This drama is a must for fans of Line of Duty – and not just because it also stars Vicky McLure. In episode one, bomb disposal officers Lana Washington and Joel Nutkins are called out to a Met counter-terrorism operation at a London housing estate to investigate a potential bomb factory and suspected bomb-maker Andy Phelan. Also stars Adrian Lester.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth, Apple TV+

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next king of Scotland. His ambitious wife will do anything to support him in his plans to seize power. A-list actors Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s bold and fierce adaptation – a tale of murder, madness, ambition and wrathful cunning, shot in beautiful black and white.

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