This week’s home entertainment: from Derren Brown to Lovecraft Country | Television & radio


Television

Derren Brown: 20 Years of Mind Control – Live

The mentalist and magician marks two decades in the business of shocking audiences with a star-studded retrospective of his remarkable career. Famous fans such as Claire Danes and JJ Abrams explore Brown’s enduring appeal, while the man himself talks us through some of his biggest tricks to date.
Sunday 16 August, 9pm, Channel 4

Can Sex Offenders Change?

Becky Southworth explores the complex world of sex offender rehabilitation in this new documentary. Filmed across the UK, Southworth – whose father was convicted of child sex offences – meets offenders living in the community and asks if they can ever be fully rehabilitated.
Thursday 20 August, BBC Three

Manctopia: Billion Pound Property Boom

One of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, Manchester in the midst of a remarkable housing boom. This series looks not just at the millionaires at its centre – Helen, for example, who has £1m to spend on a penthouse big enough for her massive shoe collection – but those who are badly affected by the changes.
Tuesday 18 August, 9pm, BBC Two





Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore in Stargirl.



Another girl, another planet … Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore in Stargirl. Photograph: Tina Rowden/AP

Stargirl

Bored of comic book adaptations? Well, tough. This slick DC Comics teen drama follows Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she deals with the fact that her new stepdad was once a sidekick to superhero Starman. When his Cosmic Staff picks her as the chosen one, she becomes Stargirl.
From Friday 21 August, Amazon Prime Video

Tyson vs Jaws: Rumble on the Reef

Boxing champ and face tattoo enthusiast Mike Tyson (sort of) fights a massive shark underwater in this gloriously mad start to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week series. Who will survive – and what will be left of them?
Sunday 16 August, 9pm, Discovery

Good Trouble

A spin-off of US hit The Fosters, this more Gen Z-focused drama follows twentysomething siblings Callie and Mariana as they relocate to Los Angeles to start the next phase of their lives. Fans of perfect smiles will be relieved to learn Netflix heartthrob Noah Centineo cameos in season one.
Sunday 16 August, BBC Three





Afua Hirsch (centre) with Alex Renia and Iron Gad Noel in Shashamene.



Radio Ethiopia … Afua Hirsch (centre) with Alex Renia and Iron Gad Noel in Shashamene. Photograph: Alex Brisland/BBC/Clearstory

African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power

Writer Afua Hirsch explores the cultural legacy of Africa through three of its countries: Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya. She argues for a current artistic revolution in the continent and the birth of a new identity.
Monday 17 August, 9pm, BBC Four

Out Of This World Collection

Revel in the nostalgia and ignore the shaky sets with this BritBox collection of decades-old sci-fi TV shows. As well as featuring enduring classics such as Thunderbirds, Space: 1999 and The Prisoner, there’s also room for more cult concerns such as 1967 curio Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons.
From Thursday 18 August, BritBox

Hoops

Netflix continues to deliver on the adult animation front with this acerbic comedy about foul-mouthed basketball coach Ben Hopkins (Jake Johnson). As well as pinning his hopes of hitting the big leagues on his shambolic high school team, Coach Hopkins also has to contend with his wife dating his best friend. And so the chaos ensues …
From Friday 21 August, Netflix





Jonathan Majors as Atticus Freeman in Lovecraft Country.



Highway to hell … Jonathan Majors as Atticus Freeman in Lovecraft Country. Photograph: HBO

Lovecraft Country

Adapted from Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel exploring the conjunction between HP Lovecraft’s horror fiction and the racism of Jim Crow-era America, this hugely anticipated drama follows Jonathan Majors’s Atticus Freeman as he tracks down his missing father.
Monday 17 August, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Podcasts

Football Weekly

With the footie back in full swing, join the Guardian’s crack-team of sporting experts, helmed by Max Rushden, as they natter their way through everything from Arsenal’s FA Cup win to the return of the Champions League and, almost certainly, some VAR drama. Guests include Guardian writers Jonathan Liew and Nick Ames.
Weekly, the Guardian

Noble Blood

Dana Schwartz’s disquieting look at the macabre lives of kings and queens is always engrossing, but a recent episode on Leopold II felt timely too, coming in the wake of a reckoning over the Belgian monarch’s brutal colonial rule over the Congo Free State. Here we learn how he cloaked mass murder in charity and corporationism.
Fortnightly, widely available





The lady with the log-on … Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat



The lady with the log-on … Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat Photograph: Acast

Poppy Hillstead Has Entered the Chat

Comic Poppy Hillstead gets her (virtual) hands dirty in this new podcast, trawling the dark side of the internet’s chatrooms for its strangest stories. Each week, invited guests recreate Hillstead’s experiences trying to blend in online, covering the worlds of fantasy roleplay, carp fishing techniques and her attempts to seduce Monty Python actor Eric Idle.
Weekly, widely available

Indiecast

Rather than just continue arguing about indie music on Twitter, critics Steven Hyden and Ian Cohen have decided to channel their thoughts into this new podcast. As well as discussing the best and worst of modern indie, they’ll also be deep-diving into classic albums, starting with Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, which recently turned 10.
Weekly, widely available

The Missing Cryptoqueen

The search for Dr Ruja Ignatova, the cryptocurrency magnate whose OneCoin business was a multibillion-dollar scam, continues with this ninth episode of the hit BBC Sounds podcast. Will presenter Jamie Bartlett and producer Georgia Catt ever manage to track her down? Perhaps future episodes will reveal all.
BBC Sounds





Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace in Babyteeth.



In at the deep end … Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace in Babyteeth. Photograph: Lisa Tomasetti

Film

(Shannon Murphy) 118 mins
The overused terminally-ill-teenager-in-love story is revitalised in Australian director Murphy’s fluid comedy-drama. And it boasts a superb cast: Eliza Scanlen (Little Women, Sharp Objects) is eye-catching as the sick girl who falls for Toby Wallace’s feckless druggie, while Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn run the gamut as her all-too-fallible parents.
In cinemas

(Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss) 109 mins
This fascinating documentary on the collision of political engagement and spotty teenagers follows 1,100 17-year-old Texan boys as they spend a week creating a fictional party and running a state governor campaign. Not quite the black comedy of Election but has its moments.
Apple TV+

(Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne) 90 mins
Winners at Cannes last year, the neo-realist Belgian siblings deliver another quiet tragedy. Under a radical imam’s sway, devout teenage Muslim Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi) takes it upon himself to kill his “apostate” female teacher.
Curzon Home Cinema

(Matteo Garrone) 125 mins
A child-friendly companion piece to Garrone’s 2015 Tale of Tales, this earthy, matter-of-factly fantastical version of the fable stars Life Is Beautiful’s Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, alongside a Fellini-esque array of characterful Italian faces; Federico Ielapi is the misadventurous wooden boy with the extendable nose.
In cinemas

(Egor Abramenko) 114 mins
In 1983 USSR, a cosmonaut returns to Earth harbouring an alien parasite – or is it a symbiote? Oksana Akinshina is the scientist sent to Kazakhstan to sort it out in a decent Russian body-horror sci-fi with a cold war subtext.
Digital platforms

(Lukas Moodysson) 100 mins
Lukas Moodysson’s exuberant 2013 tale, adapted from his wife Coco’s autobiographical graphic novel, has rebellious 13-year-olds Bobo and Klara forming a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. Since they can’t actually play any instruments, they enlist lonely guitarist Hedvig – and their every jarring note is full of sweet, teenage anarchy.
Tuesday 18 August, 1.20am, Film4



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