This week’s home entertainment: from Ted Lasso to Uprising



Golden Globe winner Jason Sudeikis returns as the titular fish-out-of-water American manager of fictional Premiership League football team, AFC Richmond, in the second season of this warm and winsome sitcom. After being relegated last series, it’s Lasso’s job to re-energise the team, even if that means channeling his angry alter ego, Led Tasso.

Friday 23 July, Apple TV+

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The dating show format gets yet another bizarre twist as a bunch of hopeful singletons on blind dates hide behind elaborate prosthetics to put pure chemistry to the test. Expect a “scarecrow” dating a “dolphin” and a “monkey” riding a rollercoaster with “the devil”. Help.

Wednesday 21 July, Netflix

Alex Scott and Clare Balding host coverage of the delayed opening of the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo’s National Stadium. Athletes from the 206 competing countries will be parading once the Olympic flame is lit, marking the start of the 32nd games.

Friday 23 July, 12noon, BBC One

Facebook Twitter Roll with it … Uprising. Photograph: BBC

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen follows his Small Axe films with a series examining three events from 1981: the New Cross Fire which killed 13 black teenagers; the Black People’s Day of Action, AKA the first organised mass protest by black British people; and the Brixton riots. This series charts their intertwining legacies.

Tuesday 20 July, 9pm, BBC One

After three series starring Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest, this Emmy-winning drama about a psychotherapist has been rebooted following an 11-year break. Uzo Aduba steps into the lead, playing Dr Brooke Lawrence, who counsels a range of patients.

Monday 19 July, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

This documentary, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death, celebrates the life and legacy of the formidable singer. Featuring interviews with her mum, Janis, it shines a light on parts of Winehouse’s life not previously documented under the glare of celebrity.

Friday 23 July, 9pm, BBC Two

Based on the 1989 Tom Hanks vehicle, this buddy-cop action-comedy series finds buttoned-down US Marshall Scott Turner Jr (Josh Peck) saddled with an unruly dog named Hooch. Together they investigate the death of Turner’s father, as evidence suggests it wasn’t an accident.

Wednesday 21 July, Disney+


Facebook Twitter Serial killer Jean-Claude Romand arriving in court. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

True crime fanatics will not be disappointed by this wide-ranging series, hosted by Ashley Flowers. Listeners are taken on a tour through 15 different, high-profile criminal cases that have taken place in 15 countries, from the notorious exploits of Jack the Ripper to the lesser-known tales of French serial killer Jean-Claude Romand (pictured) and Mexican murderer Juana Barraza.

Weekly, Spotify

Running from 1976 to 2010, the Cathy comic strip has cemented itself into American popular culture owing to its depictions of the intricacies of modern life as much as its outdated politics and views on feminism when viewed today. This in-depth series, hosted by Jamie Loftus, examines the legacy and significance of the cartoons.

Weekly, widely available

The Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart and deputy editor Jessica Elgot continue to unpack the week’s biggest politics stories with the help of expert commentators. Recent episodes have included analysis of Boris Johnson’s removal of covid restrictions amid a rise in cases, the legacy of Brexit on British politics, and Trump’s battle with Covid.

Weekly, the Guardian

The guy who claims cold water cures everything has arrived in podcast form, created with his son Enahm and recorded in the Netherlands. Self-proclaimed wellness guru Russell Brand is the series’ first guest – think big ideas and big egos clashing for the pursuit of happiness. A heavy-handed guide to wellbeing.

Weekly, widely available

Ahead of the return of clubbing, get clued up on dance music’s radical history from the 1960s to now, via this podcast series. Hosted by authors, DJs and party organisers Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert, it starts by looking at the period of 1965 to 1975, exploring early loft parties and the influence of acid.

Weekly, widely available


Facebook Twitter Hot in the city … Nina Simone in Summer of Soul. Photograph: AP

(12A) (Questlove) 117 mins

Although it attracted an audience of 300,000, the Harlem cultural festival never had as much attention as the other major festival of 1969, Woodstock. Assembled from footage that was never used, this doc can only make you wonder why, with thoughtful political commentary plus fantastic performances by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone.

In cinemas and on Disney+

(TBC) (Uberto Pasolini) 96 mins

James Norton gives his best performance yet in this sad but by no means depressing story of a dying window cleaner in Belfast trying to find a new home for his four-year-old son. Inspired by real events, it’s never overwrought, partly thanks to co-star Daniel Lamont.

In cinemas

(15) (Quentin Dupieux) 77 mins

After making a career of oddball work such as killer-tyre movie Rubber, French film-maker Dupieux gets perilously close to something mainstream in this 2019 Cannes hit. Jean Dujardin stars as a small-town divorcee whose mid-life crisis causes him to develop an unhealthy obsession with a deerskin jacket.

In cinemas

(U) (Malcolm D Lee) 115 mins

Twenty-five years is a long time but the demand was clearly there for another Bugs Bunny/basketball crossover. LeBron James plays himself, becoming trapped in the Looney Tunes Matrix. To escape, he and his son must enlist the help of Bugs.

In cinemas

(15) (Everardo Gout) 103 mins

The Purge, AKA the one-night festival of anarchy that happens every year in a near-future US, returns for a fifth time. With a wry nod to the QAnon-inspired assault on Washington DC, this one concerns a militia who plan to make the Purge last all year long.

In cinemas