This week’s TV Highlights has some truly exciting releases this week, from a roman-a-clef take on recent events, to Indiana Jones-style madcap fun. So, if the rally of Trump against Clinton has you longing for an escape, we offer you a quintet of televisual delights.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards (5USA – Monday 19th)
As if this year hasn’t already flown by faster than Chris Evans’ Top Gear career, we’re entering awards season! The Emmys are back this weekend with Jimmy Kimmel as host, and The People vs. OJ Simpson, Veep and Game of Thrones as this year’s nomination heavyweights. Check out our complete write-up of this year’s nominees, and enjoy the show Monday night!
Hooten and The Lady (Sky 2 – Monday 19th)
Pitched somewhere between Romancing the Stone and a TV version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, this madcap adventure looks to be a fun adventure show that calls back to classic family entertainment. Ophelia Lovibond is The Lady, hopefully making a star of herself after bit parts for too too long, and while the age old rough-guy and proper lady schtick seems old, there’s a joy to be had in old fashion action-adventure.
National Treasure (Channel 4 – Tuesday 20th)
Taking it’s cue from the scandal that followed Jimmy Saville’s death, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters star as TV darlings that find themselves in the limelight for the wrong reason when Coltrane is accused of sexual abuse. This four part drama might not be a direct tale of the abuse those poor people endured, but taking the idea and fictionalising it, can often say something much more about the human condition, and will bring awareness to the abuse that is still happening in the entertainment industry today.
Hunted (Channel 4 – Thursday 22nd)
Reality TV with a twist, here a group of normal people are pitted against the UK’s top intelligence agents to see if they can evade capture for as long as humanly possible. Rivetingly interesting and at times pulse heart-pumping tense Channel 4’s ground breaking documentary-reality experiment had a gripping first run, so this second run looks to be another “what would you do” situation that will have everyone gripped and on the edge of their seat.
American Horror Story 6 (Fox – Friday 23rd)
Okay, so this is a bit of a cheat. This actually started last week, but since no one really knows what the heck Ryan Falchuk’s campy horror anthology series is about this season it might as well be a new start this week. What we do know is this promises an edgy, darker rendition of the anthological nastiness.