This week’s home entertainment: from The Plot Against America to Imagine | Television & radio


Winona Ryder, John Turturro and Anthony Boyle star in this potent drama adapted from Philip Roth’s alternate history novel. Ryder stars as Evelyn Finkel, a member of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey who are plunged into danger following the election of aviation hero and xenophobe Charles Lindbergh as US president.
Tuesday 14 July, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

This three-part series sees the comedian and presenter reliving some of the most memorable moments from his popular travelogues – including trips to Haiti, Ethiopia, Albania and the Sahara – all from the comfort of his own home.
Sunday 12 July, 9pm, BBC Two

Journalist Layla Wright explores why young cancer patient Sean Walsh opted to forgo traditional treatments in favour of alternative therapies, which family members believe cost him his life in 2019. Wright speaks to those close to him as well as recounting his words posted on social media.
Wednesday 15 July, BBC Three

Issam Al Rawi at home in Once Upon a Time in Iraq.

Old master … Issam Al Rawi at home in Once Upon a Time in Iraq. Photograph: Gus Palmer

Award-winning film-maker James Bluemel directs this insightful documentary about the 2003 Iraq war, giving voice to ordinary Iraqis who are still living with its aftermath. From life under Saddam Hussein’s rule, to the occupation and the rise of Isis, it recounts the early hopes of a generation and the grim realities as the western world moved on.
Monday 13 July, 9pm, BBC Two

Netflix’s latest attempt at filling our Game of Thrones-shaped hole arrives with this noisy reimagining of Arthurian legend. The focus is on Nimue, AKA the Lady of the Lake (Knives Out’s Katherine Langford), who must deliver Excalibur to Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård).
Friday 17 July, Netflix

Dust off those union jacks and prepare to relive that recent high point of national pride in the form of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. Reminisce on your memories of the live event while watching director Danny Boyle’s take on the nation’s finest moments.
Friday 17 July, 10.45pm, BBC One

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at London Airport in 1976.

High fliers … Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at London Airport in 1976. Photograph: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis

Natasha Gregson Wagner narrates this moving documentary tribute to her late mother, actor Natalie Wood, whose Oscar-nominated career has been overshadowed by her mysterious death in 1981. Features archive footage and starry contributions.
Saturday 11 July, 9pm, Sky Documentaries

Alan Yentob returns with a unique, remote-access episode of his long-running Imagine series. It focuses on Meghan and Harry’s favourite cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who, along with his six equally talented siblings, decides to stage a lockdown concert in the family home in Nottingham.
Sunday 12 July, 6pm, BBC One

After a particularly wild high-school party involving a lot of saliva-swapping, hangovers are suddenly joined by a virus that quickly spreads through a quiet cattle-ranching town in this flashy, aptly timed Brazilian thriller. As the virus takes hold, the teenagers are forced to deal with the resulting panic and the extra fear of dark secrets being exposed.
Friday 17 July, Netflix

The Murdoch family in the 1980s.

Generation game … The Murdoch family in the 1980s. Photograph: Peter Carrette/Getty

This three-part docuseries takes an archive-trawling look at Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, beginning with his backing of Tony Blair as prime minister in the 1997 election, creating an enduring and controversial partnership.
Tuesday 14 July, 9pm, BBC Two


Singer-songwriter and former Voice contestant Becky Hill relives her teenage clubbing years in this new pod celebrating the nation’s lauded parties and soundsystems. Providing a welcome dose of nostalgia while the clubs remain closed, Hill chats to the likes of Ibiza stalwart Pete Tong, drum’n’bass DJ Andy C and the chart-topping duo Groove Armada on their formative tracks.
Acast, weekly

Writer Roxane Gay and academic Tressie McMillan Cottom return with the second season of their black feminist podcast. The pair open with activist Rashad Robinson who discusses his organisation Color of Change, as well as a panel discussion with restaurateur Jazzy Harvey and sex educator Marla Renee Stewart on the recognition of labour.
Luminary, weekly

Anna Codrea-Rado and Tiffany Philippou

Live to work … Anna Codrea-Rado and Tiffany Philippou

Journalist Anna Codrea-Rado and writer Tiffany Philippou’s podcast looking at work and the ways it impacts on our lives returns for a fourth season. With the way we work being irrevocably changed by the pandemic, its look at mental health, productivity and even loneliness feels increasingly vital in this “new normal”.
Widely available, weekly

Join the Guardian’s political editors Heather Stewart and Rowena Mason as they unpick the political chaos that seems to be endlessly unfurling each week. Recent episodes have included an insightful examination of the local lockdown in Leicester, Black Lives Matter protests in the UK, and Boris Johnson’s fluctuating grip on Tory support.
The Guardian, weekly

Buxton’s long-running ramble-fest is never less than enjoyable but its most recent episode is nigh-on indispensable. Recorded in the wake of his mother’s death, it sees Buxton reunite with his friend and collaborator Joe Cornish for a funny, candid and, at times, almost overwhelmingly moving chat about childhood, family and contending with grief.
Acast, weekly

Tom Hanks in Greyhound

Sailing by … Tom Hanks in Greyhound. Photograph: Apple TV


(Aaron Schneider) 91 mins
This prestige second world war film starring Tom Hanks would have been unthinkable as a digital-first release in normal times, but Apple nipped in when distributor Sony’s plans were thwarted. Hanks plays a naval convoy commander fending off German attacks in the Battle of the Atlantic, in a story adapted from CS Forester’s The Good Shepherd.
Apple TV+

(Gina Prince-Bythewood) 125 mins
Charlize Theron in action mode again in this comic-book adaptation. Axe-wielding Theron is one of a super-secret group of immortals who fight to protect humankind; they find a new one (played by KiKi Layne) just as their secret is uncovered.

(Matt Wolf) 114 mins
Biosphere 2 is the name of a sealed-in human habitat set up in the early 90s, intended to be used for futuristic experiments on natural ecology and human existence. Its lasting legacy may be the 1996 Pauly Shore film Bio-Dome, but this documentary by Matt Wolf tells its story in a more traditional manner.
Digital platforms


National stage … Hamilton. Photograph: Getty

(Thomas Kail) 160 mins
Since there’ll be zero chance of obtaining a ticket to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbusting musical for months – both Broadway and the West End remain shut – here is the next best thing: a high-powered filmed version of the stage show.

(Francis Amat) 103 mins
A profile of what it takes to be a female tennis champion, from promising kid to tournament winner, that talks through the game with a string of legends including Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis.
Amazon Prime Video, from Monday 13 July

(Grímur Hákonarson) 93 mins
Grímur Hákonarson’s Icelandic saga of sheep-rearing folk is sheer delight. Set in the bleak wildness of the country’s moorlands, it concerns a festering feud between two brothers. But when an outbreak of scrapie brings the authorities in biosuits, threatening to slaughter their flocks, they are drawn into a grudging alliance.
Sunday 12 July, 1.45am, Film4

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