TV Picks: 1st November - 7th November

TV Picks: 1st November - 7th November

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Friday, 29th October 2021
What We Do In The Shadows, Close to Me and Big Mouth (credit: FX/BBC, Channel 4 & Netflix)

This week in TV sees the returns of undead housemates and hormone monsters, a new Amanda Reynolds adaptation, and Dispatches cover the government's plans for a green revolution.



Channel 4, 8pm

On the day where world leaders have arrived in Glasgow for the landmark COP26 climate change conference, Dispatches will provide a detailed examination of the UK government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.

With the government providing backing for the use of fossil fuels and the search for new oil sources, the country continues to breach the 2015 Paris Agreement. Environmentalists, businesspeople, and government advisors offer their insight and opinions on the government’s efforts to reach net zero, including controversial plans to construct industrial-scale carbon capture plants that will permanently pump CO2 beneath the rocks of the North Sea.

Joanna Lumley and The Human Swan 


ITV, 9pm 

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

The one-off special sees Joanna Lumley follow adventurer Sacha Dench, AKA the ‘Human Swan’, as she flies – green powered – for three months around Britain’s coast in order to discover climate change solutions. 

Using an electric paramotor, Dench attempted to set a new world record for electric flight in a pioneering Round Britain Climate Challenge expedition. 

However, with just a month left, Dench had a tragic mid-air paramotor collision which killed her support pilot Dan Burton and left her with serious injuries. 

Burton’s family and Dench were adamant the story continues to be told in order to push through the message of a net zero future. 

What We Do In The Shadows


BBC Two, 10.05pm

The vampire mockumentary picks up from series two’s big cliffhanger which saw Nandor’s (Kayvan Novak) loyal familiar Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) save his masters by slaying the Vampiric Council and all the immortal guests at the Noveau Théâtre des Vampires.

In light of showing his true colours as a vampire-hunter, the blood-sucking housemates debate Guillermo’s fate while they receive an unexpected promotion. Delivering the good news is Taika Waititi, the creator of the original film, as a vampire overlord.



Channel 5, 9pm

Based on the detective novels by P. D. James, this new adaptation for Channel 5 will see Bertie Carvel (The Sister) star as the eponymous DCI Adam Dalgliesh.

In the series opener set in January 1975, Dalgliesh is sent with his partner DS Charles Materson (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse) to investigate the death of a student nurse in a training demonstration. When the cause of death is confirmed as poison, Dalgliesh must question the nurses, and the detective soon finds a case of blackmail on his hands.

Big Mouth



Shapeshifting lovebugs and hate worms take over the emotions of Big Mouth’s teens in another series of pubescent parables.

Their assignment: love is in the air at Bridgeton Middle, as hormones are in overdrive and romances are blossoming. Little Nicky Birch (Nick Kroll) has it bad for Jessi (Jessi Klein) but Jessi is confused about her own feelings for her friend Ali (Ali Wong), while their pairing in turn sends Missy (Ayo Edebiri) west with jealousy. Besides the cycles of love and hate, the kids will also awaken politically this series.

Brandon Kyle Goodman, Pamela Adlon and Keke Palmer are among those guest starring as the bugs and worms.

Close to Me 


Channel 4, 9pm 

Six-part psychological drama Close to Me is based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Reynolds. 

Jo (Connie Nielson) is a woman who on the outside seems to have everything, she has a beautiful house in the country, a loving family, and an attentive husband Rob (Christopher Eccleston).

However, after a fall, Jo forgets an entire year of her life and as she tries to piece her memories together, she starts to wonder if her life was as perfect as it seemed. 

It becomes clear that someone is trying to keep a terrible secret from her and they will do whatever it takes to keep it buried. 

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This week in TV sees the returns of undead housemates and hormone monsters, a new Amanda Reynolds adaptation, and Dispatches cover the government's plans for a green revolution.