This week we’ve got a riveting Rowling adaptation, Kathy Bates getting stoned, and grown men quite literally bricking it…
My Extreme OCD Life
Tuesday 22nd August at 10pm on Channel 5 (CH 105)
Why you should watch: Because you’ll feel less bothered by your own overly pedantic ways.
What’s it about?: This two-part documentary follows eight young people dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Who are the people?: They include an A-level student struggling to study, and a woman who controls her fears with extensive rituals.
What’s the opposite of a bridezilla?: There’s also the would-be bride who couldn’t bear to leave her own house.
You’ll learn: That OCD goes way beyond having a penchant for washing your hands.
Thursday 24th August at 8pm on Channel 4 (CH 104)
Why you should watch: Because how did it take this long for there to be a TV show about Lego?
What’s the lowdown?: This show hunts for the UK and Ireland’s best Lego builders, pitting them against one another to be hailed as the “Lego Masters” – a title that almost certainly won't be included on their CVs.
First up: Forty-eight pairs are cut down to just 8 teams, through a series of challenges that’ll test their brilliance with bricks.
What are the challenges?: This week they’ve got to create a brick banquet, as well as a chair strong enough to hold the show’s host.
Who’s hosting?: Comedian, DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom.
Friday 25th August at 10pm on Netflix
Why you should watch: This is big, bold new take on one of Stephen King’s best stories.
What’s it about?: A mysterious mist shrouds a small town, and there’s something weird going on in there.
Who’s in it?: Morgan Spector from Person of Interest, and Alyssa Sutherland from Vikings.
Wasn’t it a movie?: Yep, the tale was first adaptation was by director Frank Darabont, and it had one of the most shocking movie endings since Se7en.
Expect: Deviations from the original story and film aplenty – the characters and subplots are brand spanking new.
The Mist is available to watch on Netflix from Friday 25th August
Friday 25th August on Netflix
Why you should watch: We’re almost legally obliged to watch any TV show starring Kathy Bates.
What’s the gist?: Oh, you know, it’s just a comedy about marijuana. Obviously.
What’s the story?: Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, veteran weed advocate, opens up a pot dispensary in LA.
You’ll learn: What a “budtender” is.
Posh pedigree alert: It’s brought to us by Chuck Lorre, the ridiculously successful Midas touch man behind The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Mike & Molly.
Disjointed is available to watch on Netflix from Friday 25th August
Saturday 26th August at 8pm on Channel 5 (CH 105)
Why you should watch: There’s just no end to the weird revelations about the Nazis.
What’s the gist?: This series explores the bizarre ways in which Nazi Germany drew on the occult in order to aid Hitler’s cause.
Most eye-catching episode title: The Nazi Jesus
But first up: We see how the Nazis corrupted Christianity in order to trick people into thinking Hitler was some sort of actual messiah.
Thorny question alert: Was the Pope culpable in Adolf’s rise?
Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70
Saturday 26th August at 9pm on BBC2 (CH 102)
Why you should watch: It’s a star-studded look back at one of the greatest cultural festivals our nation has ever seen.
What’s it about?: The history of the Edinburgh Festival, as it approaches its 70th anniversary.
Sample revelations: We’ll hear about the festival’s conception as a post-war pick-me-up, its association with creative anarchy, and the extraordinary encounters between artsy types that occurred over the years.
Who’s presenting?: Smart alec guffaw-monger Jack Whitehall.
Look out for: Michal Palin, Claire Bloom, Shappi Khorsandi; and national treasures Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen.
Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Sunday 27th August at 9.10pm on BBC1 (CH 101)
Why you should watch: Because the BBC, HBO, and JK Rowling all had a hand in it – so it’ll probably be good.
JK Rowling?: Indeed. This is an adaptation from her bestselling post-Potter novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
What’s the gist?: It follows Cormoran Strike, a war vet turned private detective, whose unique insights help London’s police force solve three tricky cases.
In this episode: A supermodel falls from a Mayfair balcony and it looks like your bog standard suicide – but her adoptive brother knows differently and gets Strike on the case.
Who’s in it?: Raven-haired Tom Burke from The Musketeers is our Cormoran Strike.
The Last Ship
Sunday 27th August at 9pm on Sky1 (CH 110)
Why you should watch: Because it’s a big tasty dollop of American-style action.
What’s it about?: The trials and tribulations of a naval destroyer crew who are among the last people on Earth thanks to a global pandemic.
Hasn’t this been on for a while?: Yep, since 2014 - we’re now onto season 4, so catch-up if you haven’t already.
Who’s involved?: The show stars Eric Dane from Grey’s Anatomy and Adam Baldwin, who isn’t actually one of the Baldwin brothers, by the way.
The big season 4 question: Where is Tom Chandler?
Diana, 7 Days
Sunday 27th August at 8pm on BBC1 (CH 101)
Why you should watch: Because it’ll soon be Monday morning and you need an excuse to cry.
Why all the Diana shows?: This August marks 20 years since her tragic death.
What’s this one about?: The final week of Diana’s life, so expect to be gripped.
A-list accounts: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, members of the royal household, and family members including Prince William and Prince Harry all pitch in.
Make sure: You’ve got tissues on standby.
Sunday 27th August at 9pm on ITV (CH 103)
Why you should watch: At last, it’s series two of the glossy royal romp.
What’s it about?: The inventor of the Victoria sponge. Not really.
Who’s starring?: Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman as Victoria, and Tom Hughes as her beloved Prince Albert.
Where are we at?: Vicky is about to get back to royal duties after the birth of her first child, but suspects her husband and the prime minister are keeping secrets about the conflict in Afghanistan.
Look out for: The incomparable Diana Rigg, who’s joining the show as an imperious duchess.