This week in TV sees Moonlight director Barry Jenkins make his TV debut, BritBox investigate the Kray twins and the return of two favourite anthology series.
Inside No. 9
BBC Two, 9.30pm
The RTS Award-winning duo Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton bring back their delightfully twisted anthology for another series of horror, comedy, drama, and everything in between.
Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) and Sian Clifford (Fleabag) are among the stellar cast lined up for the series.
The first chapter is a comedic episode entitled Wuthering Heist, and sees Shearsmith and Pemberton lead an inept bunch of thieves attempting to steal a consignment of diamonds worth £12 million. Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Kevin Bishop and Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) all make guest appearances.
Martin Lewis’ Extreme Savers
From reusable toilet rolls to rainwater showers, food foraging to off-grid living, financial guru Martin Lewis visits the people taking extreme measures to save as much money as possible.
The first episode features ‘comper’ Katrina Stevenson, who has won thousands of pounds worth of prizes simply by entering competitions. Her biggest prize yet? Her son Dylan, after she won free IVF treatment in Norway.
Also featuring is Lee, who travels with nothing but a coat with many pockets to save paying extra for luggage, Charlotte Jessop, who cuts costs by making her own food wraps and sanitary products and using reusable toilet rolls, and Eric Hawkins, who uses rainwater to cut his water bills by thousands.
Secrets of the Krays
BritBox UK’s first original factual commission investigates the most famous gangsters in British history, twins Ronald and Reginald Kray.
Secrets of the Krays will feature interviews with former gang members, relatives, family friends, the Krays’ lawyers and the police officers who brought them to justice. Some go on record for the first time, like Micky Fawcett, a key original member of ‘The Firm’.
Other secrets revealed include never-before-seen artefacts like Reggie’s personal scrapbook documenting the twins’ crimes, audio recordings from prison, unpublished manuscripts from former gang members and MI5 files.
The Underground Railroad
Academy Award winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses helping enslaved African-Americans escape into free states and Canada in the early to mid-19th century.
In Whitehead’s alternate timeline, it is an actual railroad, and Cora Randall (Thuso Mbedu), escaping slavery in Georgia, joins newcomer Caesar (Aaron Pierre) in an attempt to ride the train to freedom.
Joel Edgerton also stars as the ruthless bounty hunter Ridgeway, hellbent on catching Cora to bring her back to the plantation she escaped.
Love, Death & Robots
The adult animated anthology - co-produced by directors David Fincher (Se7ven) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) - returns for eight more shorts, unique in story and animation style.
Volume one told stories of fridge civilisations, bio-engineered gladiator beast battles, a pool tile cleaning machine turned reclusive artist and even sentient yoghurt, so expect more wildly unpredictable and genre-bending episodes.
Tom Allen’s Quizness
Channel 4, 8pm
Comedian Tom Allen hosts a new quiz show with a hilarious twist: the contestants must prove their smarts by looking daft.
With £25,000 up for grabs, their general knowledge will be put to the test in a series of ridiculous rounds. ‘Subbly Jubbly’ tasks quizzers to substitute nonsense words into the correct answers, and there is a particular quickfire round in which nearly every question has the same answer.
Dave, Hayley, Tharun and Saundra will fight for the £25,000 jackpot in the first episode.