TV Picks: 16th-21st August

TV Picks: 16th-21st August

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Monday, 16th August 2021
The White Lotus, Changing Rooms & Nine Perfect Strangers (credit: HBO, Jon Cottam/Channel 4 & Vince Valitutti/Hulu)

This week in TV sees the UK arrival of the acclaimed The White Lotus and the return of the iconic Changing Rooms.

Children of 9/11: Our Story 


Channel 4, 9pm 

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

To mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, this emotional and intimate film follows the stories of six young people whose dads were killed in the attack before they got to know or even meet them. 

These young people’s lives have been shaped by an event that for some happened before they were born.

Among the thousands of victims of 9/11, there were 105 expectant fathers. The documentary brings together six of these children and discovers how they grew up in the shadow of such trauma. 

The documentary also features home movie footage from the children’s lives and candid interviews with their mothers. 

The White Lotus


Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm

Finally landing in the UK is Mike White’s critically acclaimed biting satire following the wealthy American guests at a luxury Hawaiian resort, and their unfortunate hosts.

As the holidays unfold and the true characters of both staff and guests at The White Lotus are revealed, their relations sour and the idyll crumbles.

We first meet newlyweds Shane (Jake Lacy) and Rachel (Alexandra Daddario), whose honeymoon gets off to a rocky start when their chosen suite is given away. Meanwhile, Mark (Steve Zahn) and Nicole (Connie Britton) argue over his potential illness, and manager Armond (Murray Bartlett) struggles to keep it together.

Changing Rooms


Channel 4, 8pm

After a 17-year hiatus, the iconic home make-over show Changing Rooms is back with two pairs of neighbours who set out to redesign rooms in each other’s houses, against the clock.  

Anna Richardson takes over from Carol Smillie as host, while Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen makes a triumphant return with his statement peacock style alongside designers Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead from studio 2LG and carpenter Tibby Singh. In the series opener, the crew heads to Swansea, with the designers aiming for ‘maximalism’ with bold colours and striking (or shocking) statement pieces.

Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop 


BBC2, 9pm 

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Jay Blades is opening a brand-new workshop in Bradford with a difference; the workshop sees a team of experts create unique wooden items to surprise unsung local heroes across Yorkshire. 

Each episode will see the public nominate a local hero to receive a special item in recognition of the work they do in the community. 

Viewers will discover why these people deserve such a thank you and discover the personal stories of the workshop apprentices.

Some of the heroes include Jack, who donated half a liver to a stranger, and Karen, who has adopted kids with disabilities and runs a support group for families with young children with a disability.  

Nine Perfect Strangers


Amazon Prime

Nicole Kidman reunites with the creator of The Undoing, David E. Kelley, for a new eight-part thriller.

Adapted from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Nine Perfect Strangers stars Kidman as the director of a remote wellness resort hosting nine strangers from the city on a ten day retreat.

They are there, supposedly, for physical and mental transformation, but they have no idea of the true extent of Masha’s methods.

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This week in TV sees the UK arrival of the acclaimed The White Lotus and the return of the iconic Changing Rooms.