A great mixture of drama, comedy and factual for you to view this week…
Including a documentary directed by George Amponsah on the causes of the 2011 London riots. A host of Black British talent to enjoy including the brilliant Lolly Adefope returning to our screens in Ghosts S3 and the iconic Sophie Okonedo in Modern Love S2. As always, let us know what you think of our selection. Do you love them or have we missed something? Pop them in the comments below or in the comments of our Instagram post.
Ghosts S3 – Monday 9th August @ 8.30pm | BBC One
Ghosts returns for a third series following young couple Alison and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe), who unexpectedly inherit a grand country estate only to discover it is both falling apart and overrun with ghosts. Also starring Lolly Adefope.
The Hard Stop: The True Story Behind Britain’s 2011 Riots – Monday 9th August | available to view on iTunes
To mark the anniversary of the riots – The Hard Stop is being re-released in a hope that the community’s narrative, especially those that were close to Mark Duggan, stays at the forefront of debate. The Hard Stop is a 2015 British documentary film, written and produced by George Amponsah and Dionne Walker, about the aftermath of the death of Mark Duggan, a young black man who lost his life at the hands of the Metropolitan Police in Tottenham, North London, in 2011.
The Riots 2011: One Week In August – Monday 9th August @ 9pm | BBC Two
2011 saw the largest wave of disorder in the UK since the 1980s. This cinematic and revelatory film hears from the people who experienced The Riots up close and personal. A decade on, we look back at the summer of 2011 through the eyes of those whose lives have never been the same since. In a series of carefully cast, candid interviews, we hear the story from all angles.
Daisy Maskell: Insomnia And Me – Tuesday 10th August | available to view on BBC iPlayer from 6am
Daisy Maskell, the UK’s youngest ever breakfast radio host, has lived with insomnia since childhood. For as long as she can remember, she has survived on as little as a couple of hours of sleep each night and is wide awake until the early hours of the morning. With an ever-increasing workload, running on empty is starting to take its toll and Daisy is ready to uncover the roots of her insomnia and take the first steps towards treatment.
Untold – Tuesday 10th August | Netflix
From the creators of WILD WILD COUNTRY, comes a five-part sports docuseries event that brings fresh eyes to some of the greatest stories in sports. From tennis to boxing to basketball, these stories aren’t the ones you’ve heard before, even if you think you have.
Don’t Let Go – Thursday 12th August | Netflix
Detective Jack’s niece, Ashley, is killed in what seems to be a murder-suicide. He soon discovers he can somehow communicate with Ashley in the past and together they try to reverse the tragic event. Starring David Oyelowo.
Flatbush Misdemeanours – Thursday 12th August @ 9pm | Sky Comedy
Rising comedians Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso star fictionalised versions of themselves in this new comedy series set in Flatbush, Brooklyn, as neighbourhood best friends and urban millennials hilariously climbing the ladder to nowhere, but still finding little wins through tackling hipsters, race, mental health issues, and the rising tide of gentrification. Albeit in a laid back sort of way.
Deceit – Friday 13th August @ 9pm | Channel 4
Examining the complicated and toxic sexual politics of the early ‘90s and the police’s obsession with the wrong man, Deceit enters a dysfunctional world, where a female undercover officer, codename ‘Lizzie James’, is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected killer. Starring Nathaniel Martello-White and Rochenda Sandall.
Beckett – Friday 13th August | Netflix
John David Washington stars as an American tourist who goes on the run in Greece after a tragic accident plunges him into a political conspiracy that makes him a target for assassination.
Modern Love – Friday 13th August | Amazon Prime Video
Love breaks all the rules. This anthology series explores love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms. Each episode brings to life a different story that has been inspired by the New York Times’s popular Modern Love column. A collection of stories about relationships, connections, betrayals and revelations.