Top 10 on Catch-Up: What’s on-demand this week?
Staff Reporter | On 10, Feb 2020Reading time: 4 mins
In this golden age of TV, there’s always something new to be counting down to. But there’s also always something to be catching up with, from the show all your mates are talking about to the one that’s easy to overlook in the never-ending sea of content. Need something to watch tonight? Look no further than this list, as we round up what’s trending on-demand this week.
Here are the top 10 UK TV shows available on catch-up this week:
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Rufus Jones delivered one of the best TV shows of 2019 with Home, a heartfelt, deceptively topical comedy about Sami (Youssef Kerkour), a Syrian immigrant living with Peter (Jones), Katy (Rebekah Staton) and their son John after hiding in their car in Calais. Season 2 picks up eight months later, but Sami is still waiting to here the result of his interview to achieve the right to remain in the UK. The result is a thoughtful study of belonging in modern Britain and what that means to different people. Also, it’s really, really funny.
Inside No. 9
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s impeccable anthology of wonderfully twisted tales is back for a fifth run and it’s as hilariously warped and deliciously dark as ever. It kicks off with a football-themed tale that unfolds in the claustrophobic dressing room of a crucial match, as United and Rovers clash to determine who will get promoted or relegated. Each new twist is thrown in from unexpected sidelines at pitch-perfect pace.
The Righteous Gemstones
Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam Devine are an absolute riot in this laugh-out-loud funny comedy about a family of ministers building a megachurch for the modern-day believer – while juggling threats of blackmail and a side order grief.
James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe are back for a second season of their panel show, which shuns topical commentary or trivial knowledge in favour of absurd theory. Hypothetical tests comedians on their ability to deal with a series of ridiculous hypothetical scenarios, leading to some entertaining improv, while also giving Acaster a chance to shine.
Locke & Key
Based on the best-selling graphic novels, Locke & Key follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities – and that a particularly ruthless demon wants to get her hands on them. The result is a familiar supernatural horror, but one that finds enough dark surprises, and surprising darkness, to make for an unpredictably edgy binge. (Warning: Not for young viewers.)
The Pale Horse
Sarah Phelps’ final Agatha Christie adaptation for the BBC is a haunting, stylish mystery dripping with ghostly dread. We begin with the death of a young woman, Jessie, who is found with a list of names on her person. What do they mean? And why is Mark Easterbook (Rufus Sewell) on it? The answer has something to do with The Pale Horse, a pub in the quiet village of Much Deeping, where three sinister spinsters read fortunes…
Before the Defoe sisters, Hannah (Nicola Walker), Nina (Annabel Scholey) and Rose (Fiona Button) – and their formidable mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay) – return for another round of legal dramatics on London’s divorce circuit this Tuesday, don’t miss your chance to catch up with Season 1. Hannah and her sisters make for engrossing, compellingly human television that’s essentially Britain’s answer to The Good Wife.
Netflix’s charmingly crude coming-of-age comedy is smart, sweet and side-splittingly funny. Season 1 and 2 are now both on Netflix UK – and with Season 3 officially on the way, why wait to start catching up?
This absurd, excellently cast adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s fantasy is damn good fun.
Doctor Who: Season 12
Jodie Whittaker’s confident Doctor is back with a renewed focus, fresh stakes and an added dose of fun.