What to watch On Screen: w/c 11th January

We’re all inside and it’s increasingly important to have quality shows to watch during this time. If you’re looking for your weekly dose of TV picks, look no further. We have a brilliant range for you to binge ranging from dramas to documentaries. From WandaVision to 2 Dope Queens, there is a selection to last you till your next ‘What to Watch’.

Crack: Cocaine, Corruption, and Conspiracy – 11th January (Netflix)

In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. A cheap, powerful drug that emerged during a recession, igniting a moral panic fueled by racism. Explore the complex history of crack in the 1980s. Directed by Stanley Nelson. 

Staged (series 2) – Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:45pm (BBC One)

Lockdown’s breakout television hit Staged returns for a second season. Good Omens co-stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen are back playing exaggerated and comic versions of themselves, and while season one focussed mainly on their attempts to rehearse for a play over Zoom, this time around they’re grappling with the ‘new normal’ of virtual Hollywood. Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz joins the cast as agent Tom.
Returning to the series is actress Nina Sosanya (Good Omens, Twenty Twelve, Marcella) who plays ‘Jo‘ the financier of Simon’s play.

Nina Sosanya – Photo sourced Radio Times/Getty

The Pembrokeshire Murders – Monday 11th January 9pm, (ITV)

New true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders stars Hobbit actor Luke Evans as the real-life Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins, who decides to reopen two unsolved double murders from the 1980s and, in doing so, finds a link to a burglar about to be released from his prison sentence. The tense three-parter is based on the book Catching the Bullseye Killer, which DCS Wilkins wrote alongside journalist Jonathan Hill.
Alexandria Riley stars as DI Ella Richards.You may know Riley from The End of The F***ing World, Bang, In My Skin.

Who is The Pembrokeshire Murders' DI Ella Richards actor Alexandria Riley?  - Wales Online
Alexandria Riley as DI Ella Richards in The Pembrokeshire Murders – Photo credit World Productions/ITV

2 Dope Queens – 12th January, 9pm (Sky Comedy)

Based on the podcast, 2 Dope Queens by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, the series encompasses various topics about sex, romance, race, hair, living in New York, and Billy Joel.

Chris Rock: Total BlackoutThe Tamborine Extended Cut – Tuesday 12th January (Netflix)

In this extended cut of his 2018 special, Chris Rock takes the stage with searing observations on race, fatherhood, and politics. The extended cut includes never-before-seen jokes, interviews, and BTS footage.

A Discovery of Witches (season 2) – 15th January (Sky One)

Dark times are coming in the second season of the hit supernatural Sky Original drama. Reluctant witch Diana Bishop and vampire Matthew Clairmont seek refuge in the fascinating and treacherous world of Elizabethan London. There, they must find a powerful witch to help Diana control her magic and search for the elusive Book of Life. Diana realises instantly that the 16th century Matthew Roydon is a different man to the one she fell in love with, but there is no time to settle in, as Matthew must report to his boss, William Cecil, who pressures Matthew to resume his former occupation – spying for the Queen.
Episode 9 of this series is written by actress/author/writer Michelle Gayle (Almost Never, WolfBlood, EastEnders).

WandaVision (Series One) – Friday 15th January (Disney+)

Marvel Studios presents WandaVision, a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) – two super powered beings living idealised suburban lives – begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. Teyonah Parris stars as Monica Rambeau daughter of Maria Rambeau best friend of Carol Denvers aka Captain Marvel. Parris is best known for roles in Survivor’s Remorse, Chiraq, Dear White People.

One Night in Miami – Friday 15th January (Amazon Prime Video)

One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s. Starring Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr. and British actor Ben Kingsley Adair. Oscar winning actress Regina King directs. Kemp Powers writes the adapted screenplay from his original play on which the film is based.


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