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What’s in: wet weather watches this week

Rain, rain, don't go away - it means another duvet day! Prep the popcorn, stick on a jumper and check out the new TV shows and films landing this week.

Ordinary Love (Sky Cinema, 17 Aug)

Ready the tissues for this slice-of-life film starring Liam Neeson (not chasing baddies with guns, for a change) and Lesley Manville as a husband and wife facing an unexpected cancer diagnosis. A weepy but a goodie. 

Jamie’s Keep Cooking Family Favourites (Channel 4, 17 Aug)

Another cookbook, another TV series for the Naked Chef – this time, focusing on easy-peasy, family-friendly cooking using staple ingredients. Think zhushed-up spag bol, one-pan traybakes and homemade lollies to lob in the freezer. If lockdown cooking has killed your culinary enthusiasm, this might just bring it back. Catch up on All 4 if you miss it. 

Yes, God, Yes (iTunes, 17 August)

You’ll cringe and giggle in equal measure at this nostalgic, semi-autobiographical film starring Stranger Things‘ Natalia Dyer as a Catholic teen discovering, er, herself, for the first time. In an attempt to suppress her newfound sexual urges, she attends a religious camp, but things don’t go to plan. Available to buy or rent via iTunes. 

Irresistible (Amazon Prime, 18 August)

With the US election looming, this political comedy written and directed by Jon Stewart feels like a palate cleanser. Steve Carrell stars as a Democrat strategist trying to convince a veteran to run for mayor in a small right-wing town in Wisconsin – not easy when rival Republican Rose Byrne is thwarting his campaign. 

Our Chemical Hearts (Amazon Prime, 21 August)

A sweet coming-of-age original from Amazon (based on the YA novel of the same name by Krystal Sutherland) that’ll reintroduce you to the pain and intensity of your first big romance (although there’s more rural Americana here, less swigging alcopops outside provincial nightclubs). Starring Lili Reinhart, who you might recognise from Riverdale

John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (Netflix, 20 Aug)

Spoiler alert: he didn’t manage it, but this short, 16-minute documentary about John Shepherd, an electronics master who spent more than three decades attempting to get in touch with aliens, is still a fascinating watch. Eighties hairdos and tech abound. 

Lucifer, Season 5A (Netflix, 21 August)

The first eight episodes of this mega-popular show’s penultimate season land on Friday. Just in time for a weekend binge-watch, then. If you’re not familiar, the show features the Lord of Darkness himself, played by Tom Ellis, as he tires of overseeing hell and decides to run a club in modern-day LA instead. 

Beauty and the Beast (Disney+, 21 August)

Emma Watson’s turn as a Disney princess lands on the streaming service this Friday, so it’s a good time to catch up with the kiddos if you didn’t see this live-action remake the first time around. Luke Evans is brilliant as the dastardly Gaston (and has the deep baritone to match) while Josh Gad (Olaf from Frozen) plays a suitably silly LeFou. And there are plenty other famous voices to match to the story’s enchanted household implements. We’ll give you a hint: you’re looking for Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thom

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