Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, Netflix (Mon 11 Jan)
In the early 1980s, the crack epidemic tore through America’s inner cities like a tsunami, ravaging all in its wake. Decades later, the destructive effects on people’s lives, families and communities are still deeply felt. Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy examines not only the personal devastation caused by the drug, but also the shadowy origins of the crisis and the resultant, ongoing marginalization of Black and Brown people trapped by the U.S. prison and healthcare systems.
American Gods, Prime Video (Mon 11 Jan)
The eye-popping, gloriously WTF fantasy series, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, returns for more battles between old and new gods. After quitting his role alongside Mr Wednesday, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) starts a new, quieter life in Wisconsin. But trouble soon finds him.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Netflix (Wed 13 Jan)
True-crime watchers, mark your calendars for this docuseries about a serial killer who put the entire city of Los Angeles on high alert in summer 1985.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, BBC Three (Thu 14 Jan)
Sister Sister, A’Whora and Asttina Mandella join nine other queens in the lineup for the second series of Drag Race UK, all hoping to follow in series one winner The Vivienne’s tottering footsteps. Guest star judges include Elizabeth Hurley.
One Night in Miami, Prime Video (Fri 15 Jan)
One Night in Miami, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Malcom X meet on one historic night during the civil rights movement in this drama film, directed by Regina King (in her directorial debut).
WandaVision, Disney+ (Fri 15 Jan)
The first of Marvel’s stack of TV spin-offs belatedly arrives in the shape of this six-part series focusing on the MCU’s Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). As they try to conceal their superpowers while enjoying an ideal suburban life in Westview, things start to unravel with each passing decade.
Disenchantment, Netflix (Fri 15 Jan)
Matt Groening’s stutteringly entertaining fantasy animation returns for a third series. After returning home to Dreamland, our alcoholic princess Bean (Abbi Jacobson) and her loyal elf companion Elfo (Nat Faxon) feel threatened, so they escape to the nearby Steamland, where an alliance between old and new is mooted.
On Pointe, Disney + (Available Now)
On Pointe follows a season at New York City’s School of American Ballet. There are the adorable little kids who travel to Lincoln Center from all over to take classes – be it taking the subway from Harlem or driving in from Long Island – and the teenagers who’ve left home to live on campus and dance nonstop in the hopes of realizing their dreams.