TV Picks: 25th October – 31st October

TV Picks: 25th October – 31st October

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Friday, 22nd October 2021
Christopher Walken in The Outlaws (credit: BBC)

This week in TV, Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken play outlaws, Brian Cox presents a guide to the galaxy and the makers of Vigil serve up another Sunday night drama.

The Outlaws


BBC One, 9.00pm

Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken makes his UK television debut in this new comic thriller from Stephen Merchant.

Walken stars as one of the motley crew of seven strangers who set about renovating a derelict building in Bristol to complete their community payback sentences. Having struck up unlikely friendships, when one of the group clashes with the city’s most dangerous gang, they must unite to save them.

Merchant himself stars as another ‘outlaw’, while Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole and Darren Boyd also feature.

The Long Call


ITV, 9.00pm

Ben Aldridge, best known as Batman’s dad in Pennyworth and Fleabag’s flame, plays detective in ITV’s new crime drama, The Long Call.

Detective Inspector Matthew Venn makes a daring return to the North Devon community who rejected him with his husband Jonathan (Declan Bennett), to both grieve for his father and lead a murder investigation. But the case re-opens old wounds and reveals deadly secrets as he is forced to reconnect with his family and the community he left behind.

Stath Lets Flats


Channel 4, 10.15pm

Stath is back and floundering after series two’s finale saw the future of his family letting agency thrust into his hands.

But Michael & Eagle is not the only thing in dire straits, as Jamie Demetriou’s inept Brit-Cypriot estate agent also has his love life to sort out. Plus there’s the fallout from his sister Sophie and his best friend Al’s burgeoning romance.

In a mouth-watering comedy matchup, This Country’s Charlie Cooper is billed to appear as a rival letting agent.



BBC Two, 9.00pm

Professor Brian Cox guides an epically illustrated tour of the cosmos revealing major moments in its history and asking the big questions, among them: are we alone in the universe?

The first episode, ‘The Sun: God Star’, examines stars. The ‘engines of creation’ since the very first lit up the universe, Cox ultimately reveals how they brought to it both life and meaning.

Colin in Black and White



Ava DuVernay directs this limited series on the adolescent life of Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL star turned civil rights activist who made global headlines when he began protesting by taking the knee during the national anthem before games.

Jaden Michael stars as the young Kaepernick, who was adopted by a white family and rose steadily to become a top quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, while Kaepernick himself will narrate the series.



BBC One, 9.00pm

Showtrial, a new twisty legal drama from the makers of Vigil, looks set to be the BBC’s next Sunday night gripper.

When the arrogant daughter of a wealthy property developer, Talitha Campbell (Céline Buckens), is arrested on suspicion of the murder of a university student, she asks the duty solicitor on the night, Cleo Roberts (Tracy Ifeachor), to lead her defence.

The story unfolds from the perspective of both sides as they fight for their version of events and the truth about Talitha in a drama that also puts the justice system itself on trial.

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This week in TV, Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken play outlaws, Brian Cox presents a guide to the galaxy and the makers of Vigil serve up another Sunday night drama.