The Crew, Netflix (Mon 15 Feb)
You’re in for a joyous journey down comedy lane with Kevin James geared up to lead a brand-new sitcom set in the world of NASCAR. The Grown Ups star gets into the shoes of a racing team crew chief who’s in for a rude awakening when his boss steps down and hands over the reins of the company to his daughter, Catherine. The tight-knit staff, led by James, goes head-to-head with the new ring leader as she tries to shake things up for the better.
Framing Britney Spears, Sky Documentaries (Tue 16 Feb)
Since airing in the US, this feature-length documentary from The New York Times has been talked about everywhere. It’s thrown up discussions about the harm of tabloid journalism, looking at Britney Spears’ situation – one marred by mockery after her mental breakdown in 2008.
Framing Britney Spears looks at the legal battle between Spears and her father, whose conservatorship of her career left her with little control over her own life. Fans arranged the #FreeBritney movement, supporting Spears’ claim.
Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie, Netflix (Tue 16 Feb)
If you’re a wildlife and survival enthusiast, you’ve probably spent countless hours following Bear Grylls’ death-defying antics across various shows he’s hosted. Well, the British adventurer is back with a new project and this time you’re going to be more involved than usual. Animals on the Loose is an interactive film that weaves a narrative around a wildlife sanctuary, suffering from a fence breach. When Grylls is called in to save the day, he’ll be facing dangerous circumstances, the outcomes of which will depend on your choices.
Amend: The Fight for America, Netflix (Wed 17 Feb)
This six-part docuseries challenges the authenticity of America’s ‘United States’ via the country’s Fourteenth Amendment of its Constitution. Hosted by Will Smith, the show analyses the reform which in 1868 vouched for equal liberty and protection for all. With insights by the likes of Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L Jackson, Pedro Pascal, among others, it dissects the words of Martin Luther King Jr, along with other advocates and opponents of the act.
Devils, Sky Atlantic (Wed 17 Feb)
With the success of Succession and Industry, the fascination with financial thrillers should never be underestimated. But Devils is a strange one, proceeding with accelerated editing and massive sets – resembling Ryan Murphy more than Jesse Armstrong. It’s so fast that it’s hard to grasp what the hell is going on. And yet, there’s a pulpy entertainment value – involving murder, suicide and corruption in Canary Wharf.
Massimo (Alessandro Borghi) is an Italian investment banker, desperate to ascend to the vice-CEO position in the company. But that promotion is being halted by another colleague, a racist who believes the 2008 financial crash was due to foreigners. When that colleague suddenly dies, Massimo is the prime suspect.
Behind Her Eyes, Netflix (Wed 17 Feb)
As far as psychological thrillers go, Behind Her Eyes has the potential to take your curiosity to the extreme with its subtle yet deceptive premise and gritty setting. It revolves around a single mother, Louise, who begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss and also ends up befriending his wife. The closer she gets to the couple, the more she realises that she’s sinking into a quicksand of lies, deceit, and potentially fatal secrets.
I Care A Lot, Amazon Prime (Fri 19 Feb)
Although Rosamund Pike has taken many memorable roles, it was her character in Gone Girl that stuck in people’s minds. She clearly channels the same unnerving vibes in Amazon Prime’s I Care A Lot, where she plays a swindling guardian for the elderly.
Marla Grayson (Pike) works as a guardian, a vocation that usually provides frail elderly people with all the help they need. But she takes on clients who aren’t frail, convincing them that they are. While they’re delivered into care homes, she quietly steals away their assets. But when one of them is tied to a criminal businessman (Peter Dinklage), Marla treads on dangerous ground.
Bloodlands, BBC One (Sun 21 Feb)
Starring James Nesbitt, this four-part BBC series, set in Northern Ireland, follows DCI Tom Brannick (Nesbitt) as he searches for an infamous assassin: Goliath. Goliath created a lot of trouble 20 years prior, his calling-card a submerged vehicle and a kidnapped driver.
This is a personal journey for Brannick, whose wife was murdered by Goliath. He faces opposition from his superiors after reopening the case, but he’s never letting this go.