This week’s home entertainment: from Back to Life to Celebrity SAS



The Daisy Haggard-helmed dramedy returns for season two, with Miri Matteson now six weeks out of prison. She is making the best of her fresh start, with a trial shift at a supermarket and a nice relationship with neighbour Billy, but struggling with parental friction, from her own mother and the estranged parents of her late friend Lara.

Tuesday 31 August, 10.35pm, BBC One

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The Mash Report, cancelled by BBC Two earlier this year, is now reborn as Late Night Mash. The format remains familiar, hosted by Nish Kumar and promising sketches and topical insights into the state of modern Britain. Can’t imagine what they’ll have to talk about.

Thursday 2 September, 10pm, Dave

Marie Kondo returns to help small businesses tidy up their act, tackling workplace organisation as well as the emotional detritus of employees’ personal lives. Plus, we get a rare glimpse inside her family home, which should be a veritable, overwhelming Disneyland of joy-sparking.

Tuesday 31 August, Netflix

Facebook Twitter Criminal minds … (from left) Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin. Photograph: Craig Blankenhorn

Steve Martin. Martin Short. If you need selling further on this new meta-comedy series then you’re probably dead inside. For any zombies reading, here the longstanding comedy pals join Selena Gomez to play three true-crime obsessives united by a suspicious death in their apartment building. Curtain-twitchers you’d want to live next door to.

Tuesday 31 August, Disney+

In the midst of the Hebrides, chief bollocking officer Ant Middleton subjects the likes of Ulrika Jonsson and Kerry Katona to endurance trials that inevitably destroy their spirits along with their enfeebled quads. Expect mud, tears and ultimately uplifting emotional arcs.

Sunday 29 August, 9pm, Channel 4

Commemorating 20 years of the history-altering 9/11 attacks, this documentary offers a minute-by-minute account of the presidency in their immediate aftermath, featuring testimony from George W Bush and Dick Cheney.

Tuesday 31 August, 8.30pm, BBC One


Hollywood stars Jon Hamm and Zooey Deschanel lend their voices to this scripted series examining a scandal that shook 1950s Tinseltown. Hamm plays producer Walter Wanger, who went to prison for shooting an agent he had suspected of having an affair with his wife, the film noir actor Joan Bennett (Deschanel).

Weekly, widely available

Acting as a companion series to the hit food podcast Lecker, which presenter Lucy Dearlove has been making since 2016, this latest iteration takes an intimate and insightful look at the role of the most important room in the house: the kitchen. Contributors including the food writer Ruby Tandoh and the historian Deborah Sugg Ryan discuss these spaces in which we cook.

Weekly, widely available

Political editor Heather Stewart and her deputy Jessica Elgot take us through the week’s inevitably fast-paced political developments in this podcast series. Recently discussed topics have included the disastrous US and UK military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the fate of the US Democratic party, and Angela Rayner’s career in the Labour party.

Weekly, the Guardian

The refreshingly straight-talking writer Otegha Uwagba chats to women about the unvarnished truth of contemporary work, from the pressures of personal branding to bad bosses and career pivots. Accompanying her new memoir, the latest series peaks with an incisive chat with Anna Sale on why finances are so hard to talk about.

Weekly, widely available

From the team that brought you Reni Eddo-Lodge’s About Race and personal finance podcast Money 101 comes a brisk weekly run-through of the latest poor sods to fall on the sword of cancellation, AKA – as this irreverent pod hosted by Cameron Bernard-Jones points out – facing the consequences of their actions.

Weekly, widely available


Facebook Twitter To bee or not to bee … Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris in Candyman. Photograph: Alamy

(15) (Nia DaCosta) 91 mins

DaCosta’s gripping, gory sequel to the 1992 chiller nestles nicely within co-writer Jordan Peele’s trademark Black American folk horror realm. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Chicago artist and his curator partner (Teyonah Parris) find their middle-class life crumbling when he researches the city’s vanished ghetto Cabrini-Green and its hook-handed bogeyman.

In cinemas

(15) (Michael Caton-Jones) 106 mins

In a boisterous screen treatment of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos, five Catholic girls from Fort William go on a school choir day trip to Edinburgh. Singing comes a distant second to illicit drinking and trying to get laid, in a frank, funny drama underlaid with coming-of-age poignancy.

In cinemas

(12A) (Ayten Amin) 96 mins

Social media-filtered lives are the focus of this sombre, touching drama. But as the main character, Souad (Bassant Ahmed), is a 19-year-old Muslim girl in Egypt, the disparity between her flirty, selfie-heavy digital existence and the more conservative, even boring real world she negotiates is thrown into painfully sharp relief.

In cinemas

(12A) (Gillies MacKinnon) 86 mins

Timothy Spall is a mesmerising, almost painfully frail presence in this melancholic road movie. His Tom, an old widower living in John O’Groats, sets off with his free bus pass to reach Land’s End – a mystery quest that develops a state-of-the-nation flavour.

In cinemas

(12A) (Sean Durkin) 107 mins

The latest from the Martha Marcy May Marlene director is a slow-burning, 80s-set tale of hubris and its collateral damage, as a cocky City broker (Jude Law) returns to the UK with his American wife (Carrie Coon), two kids and grandiose ambitions.

In cinemas