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WHAT TO WATCH 10-16 February

Prepare to be gripped by three brand new dramas.



This week's best telly includes three brand new gripping dramas, as Apple TV+ explore the feud between Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, Channel 5 treat us to a gripping new thriller and Channel 4 launch a brand new love story for the ages.


Elsewhere, Rylan explore football’s relationship with homosexuality for a new documentary, Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan tackle the world of F1, Bill Bailey helps eight aspiring actors fulfil their TV dream and the nation's favourite armchair critics are back!


Here are 7 TV shows you can't miss this week...


1. Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me

Tuesday 13th February at 10.45pm on TNT Sports 1


BRAND NEW


In a brand new documentary for TNT Sports, Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me sees the popular TV presenter explore football’s relationship with homosexuality as well as his relationship with football and his own experiences of homophobia within the sport, growing up as a football fan and member of the LGBTQ+ community.


In the one-off film, released to coincide with LGBT History Month, Rylan will investigate whyit is not always a welcoming community for gay men, examining the effects of homophobia on those exposed to it.


Raised as a West Ham fan, and a member of the Junior Hammers supporters club growing up, Rylan quickly felt pushed out of the game as a result of homophobic attitudes.


Rylan will interview numerous figures from the game, past and present, including former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who opens up after coming out as a gay man following his retirement.


Ex-England star-turned-football pundit Rio Ferdinand discusses his use of a homophobic slur live on BBC Radio 1 and how his attitudes have changed and Rylan also speaks to Arsenal women’s player Jen Beattie, who explains the differing attitudes to homosexuality within the female game. 




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2. The New Look

Wednesday 14th February on Apple TV+


BRAND NEW


Described as an emotionally thrilling series, The New Look on Apple TV+ reveals the shocking story of how fashion icon Christian Dior and his contemporaries, including Coco Chanel, Pierre Balmain and Cristóbal Balenciaga, navigated the horrors of World War II and launched modern fashion.


Set against the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris, The New Look focuses on the pivotal moment in the 20th century when the French city led the world back to life through its fashion icon Christian Dior.


As Dior rises to prominence with his groundbreaking, iconic imprint of beauty and influence, Chanel's reign as the world's most famous fashion designer is put into jeopardy.


The interwoven saga follows the surprising stories of Dior's contemporaries and rivals from Chanel to Pierre Balmain, Cristóbal Balenciaga and more; and, provides a stunning view into the atelier, designs and clothing created by Christian Dior through collaboration with the House of Dior.


It stars Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior, Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior, John Malkovich as Lucien Lelong, Emily Mortimer as Elsa Lombardi, Claes Bang as Spatz and Glenn Close as Carmel Snow.


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3. Bring the Drama

Wednesday 14th February at 9pm on BBC One


BRAND NEW


Hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bailey, BBC One's new series Bring the Drama opens up the world of screen drama to eight people who have always dreamt of becoming professional actors but have never had the opportunity.


For six weeks, eight aspiring actors are mentored by renowned casting director Kelly Valentine Hendry as they fulfil their TV dream on set of some of the UK’s most loved dramas, with guidance from guest mentors from each show.


In the opening episode, it's a baptism of fire for the aspiring actors on set at EastEnders and guest star Natalie Cassidy wants to see real emotion on camera as they recreate one of her greatest scenes as Sonia Fowler.


It’s the actors’ first step into the world of screen acting and it’s a tough start: soaps are the quickest dramas made on TV and the clock is ticking on every take. If they don’t work together as a cast, it will cost them.


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4. Alice & Jack

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February at 9pm on Channel 4


BRAND NEW


Created and written by Victor Levin, new Channel 4 drama Alice & Jack is described as a love story for the ages, promising to show love in all its unexpected, technicolour, kaleidoscopic beauty.


Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson star as Alice and Jack who when they first meet, are bound by a connection so powerful it seems nothing can break it. But will their path lead them to a place of happiness and togetherness? Or will life and their own emotional complexities get in the way?


It also stars Aisling Bea, Aimee Lou Wood and Sunil Patel in supporting roles.


1-2/6 Continues weekly. All episodes available at launch




5. Too Good to Be True

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February at 9pm on Channel 5


BRAND NEW


Channel 5's newest thriller, Too Good to Be True, stars Kara Tointon as Rachel, a young single mum Rachel who is constantly on the poverty line. She works as a cleaner and one day her boss is approached by a businesswoman acting on behalf of a rich client called Elliot, played by Allen Leech.


He’s a regular guest at the hotel where Rachel works and when he askes her to exclusively clean for him, she jumps at the chance, with the opportunity to work better hours and earn more cash proving too hard to resist.


Gradually though, Elliot’s behaviour towards Rachel and Liam raises red flags and Rachel starts to dig into his past, learning how Elliot’s childhood is the key to his obsession with her and her son.


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6. Rob & Romesh Vs F1

Thursday 15th February at 9pm on Sky Max


RETURNING


It's one of the funniest shows on television and this time as Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan return, they're back with a two-part special to celebrate the upcoming start of the 2024 season of Formula One as they enter the ultra-competitive world of F1 racing.


It's a sport where precision is everything; where the smallest detail can mean the difference between crossing the finish line or spinning out on turn one; where the man behind the wheel is only as strong as the team in the back. Only the best are very best are allowed anywhere near the track, until now.


Together, Rob and Romesh will hang out with team Mercedes at the glamorous Monaco GP where they will meet superstar drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. They’ll also spend time with the mastermind behind Team Mercedes’ success, team principal Toto Wolf who will put them through their paces as part of Team Hamilton to see if they have what it takes to get a job on the team!


1/2 Concludes next week. Both episodes available at launch



7. Gogglebox

Friday 16th February at 9pm on Channel 5


RETURNING


It's one of the shows I miss the most when it's not on, but thankfully Gogglebox is back this week as it returns for its 23rd series! And it's just as brilliant as ever.


What do Britain's sharpest armchair critics think of this week's biggest and best TV programmes? We only have until Friday to find out. Will they be watching some of the shows on this list? Most probably. Which, we don't know yet as they film so close to transmission.


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