From gripping documentaries to thrilling new dramas and the highly anticipated adaptation of the hit podcast The Shrink Next Door, here are our top TV picks for the week ahead.
Monday 8 November, 9pm
Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) leads ITV’s new crime thriller The Tower, adapted from former Met Police Officer Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels.
Whelan stars as DS Sarah Collins, who is called to a serious incident at Portland Tower in south-east London. When she arrives alongside her colleague DC Steve Bradshaw (Jimmy Akingbola, In the Long Run), the pair are met with a horrific scene: the bodies of long-serving police officer, PC Hadley Matthews, and a 15-year-old girl, Farah Mehenni, are discovered on the ground at the bottom of the tower.
Rookie police officer PC Lizzie Adama (Tahirah Sharif, The Haunting of Bly Manor) and her boss DI Kieran Shaw (Emmett J Scanlan, Kin) are on the rooftop with a five-year-old boy Ben. Before Sarah can interview Lizzie about the day’s terrible events, Lizzie disappears. The more Sarah and Steve investigate, the more they discover that key evidence is being withheld to undermine their investigation.
Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls
Monday 8 November
BBC Two, 9pm
The former Labour MP Ed Balls takes a close look at the state of our care sector by working alongside staff and residents of St Cecilia’s care home in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
As the country’s crisis in social care deepens following the devastating coronavirus pandemic, Balls will witness first-hand the challenges the care staff face daily, while hearing heart-rending stories of the devastation wreaked by covid from families from all walks of life.
Surgeons at the Edge of Life
Thursday 11 November
BBC Two, 9pm
The medical documentary returns following the expert surgical staff at Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth hospitals in Cambridge as they undertake some of the most complex operations in the world.
In an environment where even the smallest slip of a scalpel could result in catastrophe, the series shines a light on the incredible technical skill of the surgeons saving lives every day.
The Shrink Next Door
Friday 12 November
Adapted from the hit podcast of the same name, The Shrink Next Door will see Will Ferrell star as Marty Markowitz, a people-pleasing business owner whose anxiety attacks lead him to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, played by Paul Rudd.
Written by Georgia Pritchett (Succession) and starring Kathryn Hahn as Marty’s sister Phyllis, the darkly comedic series follows the extraordinary true story of how the manipulative shrink Ike exploited his long-time patient for three years, eventually occupying his house.
Friday 12 Nov
From the boardrooms of Big Pharma to a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA, Dopesick explores the crippling opioid crisis in the US.
Led by Michael Keaton (Birdman) as the worried Dr. Samuel Finnix and starring Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch), Peter Sarsgaard (Interrogation), Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) and Will Poulter (Midsommar), the series tells the story of the craven drug companies who sold an incredibly addictive drug, OxyContin, to vulnerable patients across America, and the heroes attempting to take them down.