The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Marriage to She-Hulk: Attorney at Law


A League of Their Own

From Friday August 12, Prime Video

Chante Adams as Max (Photo: Prime Video)

Not the sports panel show, but a remake of the 1992 movie that starred Geena Davis, Madonna and Tom Hanks. It’s 1943 and thousands of American men have been called up to serve in the war, leaving their baseball league without players. In a bid to keep the game going, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is created and this sweet comedy drama follows the creation of one of its most famous teams, the Rockford Peaches.

Five Days at Memorial

From Friday 12 August, Apple TV+

Vera Farmiga as Dr Anna Pou (Photo: Russ Martin)

Based on the book of the same name by journalist Sheri Fink, this limited series transports us to New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) plays Dr Anna Pou, one of the doctors in charge of treating the influx of patients harmed by the disaster. Things go from bad to worse when the hospital begins to flood, and the electricity powering life-saving machinery starts to falter.

The Big Breakfast

Saturday 13 August, 10am, Channel 4

AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan (Photo: Channel 4/Ricky Darko)

Following the success of last year’s one-off as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front campaign, The Big Breakfast is back with a regular slot for the first time in more than two decades. Former host Denise van Outen will appear on this weekend’s opening show to hand over the reins to Mo Gilligan and AJ Odudu. nope star Daniel Kaluuya, rapper Aitch, singer Rita Ora and comedian Joel Dommett are among the first guests.

Gary Numan: Resurrection

Saturday 13 August, 9pm, Sky Arts

Gary Numan (Photo: Matt Frost/Sky UK)

Earlier this year Gary Numan played at Wembley 40 years after he last played the iconic arena, at which he announced his retirement. This documentary follows his journey there and acts as a retrospective of his illustrious career, which included scoring a No 1 album, The Pleasure Principle. Dave Grohl, Jean-Michel Jarre, Trent Reznor and Hans Zimmer share their memories and stories of the pop master.

Bob Marley Reimagined

Saturday 13 August, 9pm, BBC Two

Bob Marley (Photo: Mike Prior/Redferns)

Saturday is Bob Marley night on BBC Two and the highlight is this new concert celebrating the musician and marking 60 years of Jamaican independence. Trevor Nelson will be our guide, joined by Marley’s grandson Skip Marley, British singer songwriter JP Cooper and soul legend Ruby Turner, each of whom will perform alongside Europe’s first majority black and ethnically diverse orchestra, Chineke!

Marriage

Sunday 14 August, 9pm, BBC One

Nicola Walker as Emma and Sean Bean as Ian (Photo: Rory Mulvey/BBC/The Forge)

Sean Bean follows up his Bafta-winning turn in Time with another BBC drama as Ian, who has been married to his wife Emma (Nicola Walker) for what feels like forever. In a delicate meditation on the work it takes to keep a long-term marriage afloat, written by mum creator Stefan Golaszewski, we will follow the couple as they endure the big shop, meet their daughter’s boyfriend and learn to live with Ian’s recent redundancy.

red rose

Monday 15 August, 10pm, BBC Three

Ali Khan as Taz, Ashna Rabheru as Jaya, Natalie Blair as Ashley, Amelia Clarkson as Wren, Ellis Howard as Antony and Harry Redding as Noah (Photo: Vishal Sharma/BBC/Eleven Film)

No school and sunny days that stretch on for hours, summer is supposed to be the best time of a teenager’s life. But for one circle of friends in Bolton, the arrival of a new app called Red Rose turns their break into a living nightmare. It starts with fun dares as the app challenges them to break rules and live dangerously, but soon the requests turn dark and it becomes clear something sinister is lurking within their phones.

Porn King: The Rise and Fall of Ron Jeremy

Monday 15 August, 10pm, Channel 4

Ron Jeremy (Photo: Titus Moody/Courtesy of John A Mozzer)

Once the “king” of porn, Ron Jeremy, now 68, is currently facing 34 counts of rape and sexual assault. This two-part documentary tells the story of his rise before his alleged crimes eventually came to light. We hear from his accusers, including the British porn star Lianne Young, who says she was assaulted at a party in plain sight of other attendees.

Britain’s Secret War Babies

Wednesday 17 August, 9pm, Channel 4

John Stockley and Sean Fletcher (Photo: Channel 4)

As children, Mary and John were never allowed to know much about their fathers and didn’t find out that they were actually the children of African American GIs until later in life. With the help of presenter Sean Fletcher and DNA research, the two set out to uncover the true identities of their fathers and discover an era of hostility towards black American soldiers in the UK during the Second World War.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

From Thursday 18 August, Disney+

Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Photo: Marvel/Disney)

Life is hard enough as a fiery, single woman with a high-power, high-stress job without turning into a green Hulk every time you lose control of your emotions. This is the plight of Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), who – unlike her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) – would rather she didn’t have superpowers and has no interest in using them to save the world. But that all has to change when her arch-enemy Titania (Jameela Jamil) arrives in town.

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