From dark dramas to devastating documentaries, here are our top TV picks for this week.
Drama: Cold Feet
ITV, Monday 13th January, 9pm
ITVs comedy-drama Cold Feet returns for its ninth series on Monday, following a group of five friends.
The last series ended with Jenny (Fay Ripley) beginning her cancer treatment with the support of husband Pete (John Thomson). Meanwhile Adam (James Nesbitt) and Karen (Hermione Norris) formed an unexpected romantic relationship and were getting to grips with new boundaries.
In this first episode of the new series, Adam faces trouble at work, and the group struggle to accept his relationship with Karen. Despite finishing her cancer treatment, Jenny’s life is yet to return to normal.
Documentary: Addicted to Painkillers? Britain’s Opioid Crisis
BBC Two, Thursday 16th January, 9pm
In the wake of the opioid crisis causing devastation in the US, Dr Michael Mosley explores new evidence about the UK’s unsteady relationship with such substances.
With six million patients being prescribed an opioid last year, Mosley seeks to uncover why numbers have doubled in twenty years, and how, for the many people using opioids to treat chronic pain, these drugs won’t even work.
Comedy: Sex Education
Netflix, Friday 17th January
Netflix’s Sex Education became a huge hit among adults and teens alike through its frank yet funny exploration of sex and relationships.
This series sees Otis (Asa Butterfield) exploring his new-found sexual urges with girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison) and the awkward encounters that come with it.
As Moordale School suffers from an outbreak of chlamydia, Otis’ sex therapist mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) must step in to provide some much-needed education.
Read an interview with the creator of the show Laurie Nunn here.
Drama: Deadwater Fell
Channel 4, Friday 17th January, 9pm
After a shocking tragedy causes the death of two children, the tight-knit community of Kirkdarroch is rocked to its core. In this second episode of the four-part series, suspicions run rife regarding the identity of the killer.
Cush Jumbo plays Jess Milner, a close friend of the family who keeps a watchful eye on the one survivor of the horrific incident. As the grieving community unravels, she becomes increasingly unsettled by what she sees.
Entertainment: Love Island Aftersun
ITV2, Monday 13th January, 10pm
As Love Island returns with its first-ever winter edition, a celebrity panel dissect all the drama and romance flourishing in the new villa in South Africa.
Laura Whitmore takes over from Caroline Flack as host, as the panel are joined by the latest contestant to be been dumped from the island.