The best home entertainment: from The A Word to Rick and Morty | Television & radio


Television

Christopher Eccleston returns to the Lake District for the third series of this remake of Israeli drama Yellow Peppers. Eccleston plays the tactless grandfather of 10-year-old Joe, whose autism diagnosis in series one caused the entire family to unravel. Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby play Joe’s struggling parents.
Tuesday 5 May, 9pm, BBC One

We are back in the fictional Lancashire town of Hawley, where Joe Gilgun’s Vinnie is in hiding following his faked death to escape local gangster Terence McCann. His mates Erin and Tommo are out to get him back on another score, though, this time robbing a travelling circus.
Thursday 7 May, 10pm, Sky One

Jerry Seinfeld returns with his second standup special on Netflix (part of a $100m deal that also included his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee). Typically humdrum topics given the observational comedy treatment include texting and bad buffets.
Tuesday 5 May, Netflix





Sheridan Smith in Isolation Stories.



Mother load… Sheridan Smith in Isolation Stories.

It’s a first for lockdown TV as A Confession producer Jeff Pope brings a series of scripted shorts, filmed and performed in actors’ homes. The 15-minute episodes will be screened through the week and star Sheridan Smith as a heavily pregnant mother, Eddie Marsan as a newly single dad and Angela Griffin as an online psychiatrist.
Monday 4 to Thursday 7 May, 9pm, ITV

Following its premiere last November, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s cult animation returns with the second half of season four. As ever, the emotionally abusive nihilist Rick and his perpetually traumatised grandson Morty lead us through eye-popping and stomach-churning flights of fancy.
Thursday 7 May, 10pm, E4

With a vast archive of startling photographs only discovered after her death, Lee Miller has since become one of the unsung heroes of the surrealist movement. This documentary charts her rise from 1920s New York model to muse of Man Ray and war photojournalist.
Saturday 2 May, 10.30pm, BBC Two





Zach Braff and John C McGinley in Scrubs.



JD and joke… Zach Braff and John C McGinley in Scrubs. Photograph: Getty

If you are using lockdown as the perfect time to binge-watch as much comedy as possible then good news: all 182 episodes of Bill Lawrence’s sitcom are now on All 4. Drift away into the surreal world of Zach Braff’s daydreaming intern JD as he navigates Sacred Heart Hospital, learning heartwarming life lessons while avoiding his nemesis, Janitor.
Available now, All 4

Across four episodes, broadcaster Stephen Nolan gains exclusive access to Hydebank Wood Prison in Northern Ireland and its inmates. As well as exploring their often harrowing stories, and the societal influences that will likely lead most to reoffend, the documentary explores how Hydebank is trying to change its reputation since rebranding as a “secure training college” in 2015.
Sunday 3 May, BBC Three

The comics return for another series of self-discovery, opening by trying their hand at ballet with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. They have 24 hours to earn their places in a production of Swan Lake, but first they have to squeeze into their leotards.
Tuesday 5 May, 9pm, Sky One

Following the success of his Instagram-based #QuarantineGames, in which lucky followers can win a Superdrug voucher among other necessities, comedian Mo Gilligan fronts this similarly prize-heavy, four-part live show featuring members of the public battling it out with celebrities.
Monday 4 May, 10pm, Channel 4





The Eddy



Paris match… The Eddy. Photograph: Lou Faulon

La La Land and Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle continues his love affair with everything jazz in this new series focusing on the struggling fortunes of Parisian jazz club The Eddy. Run by New York émigré and pianist Elliot (André Holland), the show slowly unfurls his troubling past and reasons for leaving the US, as well as the criminal goings-on at the club.
Friday 8 May, Netflix

This beautifully crafted Norwegian drama, set in 1969, focuses on the small coastal town of Stavanger. After years of international oil companies drilling with no luck, the town is transformed overnight after the discovery of the largest sub-sea oil basin in history. We follow four young people and their families as they adapt to the sudden influx of wealth.
Saturday 2 May, 9pm, BBC Four

Podcasts

Caitlin Moran, Robyn and Jon Ronson guest on this brand new podcast from DJ and presenter Annie Mac. Over 11 episodes, Mac and friends will discuss how we navigate some of life’s biggest and most unexpected changes.

A podding supergroup is behind this series, in which You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth and Memory Palace’s Nate DiMeo are challenged by a guest to watch and discuss a film they have never seen before. First up is Rian Johnson on Cast Away.





Julia Garner in The Assistant.



Dark arts… Julia Garner in The Assistant.

Films

(Kitty Green) 87 mins
A film peering into the dark heart of #MeToo, telling the story of Jane (Ozark’s Julia Garner) who is taken on as the assistant of a big-shot producer who may or may not be Harvey Weinstein. Jane endures daily humiliation and insecurity, all the while covering up for her boss and his mysterious relationship with a string of other young women.
Digital platforms

(Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Jekaterina Oertel) 146 mins
Ilya Khrzhanovsky is a controversial Russian artist who, since 2006, has been working on a vast, Synecdoche, New York-style multimedia project. He has carved out several films from the hundreds of hours of footage; this one is a seedy-scary drama about a canteen worker.
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Mariana DiGirolamo in Ema.



About a boy… Mariana DiGirolamo in Ema.

(Pablo Larraín) 107 mins
Marital-breakdown drama from Pablo Larraín, the Chilean master of slow-burn films such as Jackie and The Club. Gael García Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo play an estranged couple (though still working together at a dance company) who accuse each other of failing their adopted son Polo, now back at the orphanage.
Mubi

(Elizabeth Carroll) 72 mins
The British-born culinary expert gets her own documentary, focusing on her quest to get to grips with Mexican cuisine. Living in the mountains, Kennedy has spent most of her life travelling the country and writing cookbooks.
Digital platforms

(Roy Boulting) 113 mins
A re-release of the 1966 sex comedy starring Hayley Mills. This is pretty harmless stuff: newlyweds Hywel Bennett and Mills mess things up on their wedding night, and their non-consummation starts to weigh heavily.
Digital platforms from Monday 3 May

(William Friedkin) 150 mins
The French Connection director William Friedkin rates this his personal favourite. Adapted from the French thriller The Wages of Fear, it’s an intense tale of four desperate men – including Roy Scheider’s gangster on the run – ferrying a shipment of unstable nitroglycerine through a South American jungle, beset by existential furies.
Thursday 7 May, 12.55am, Film4



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