TV Picks: 9th – 15th August

TV Picks: 9th – 15th August

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Monday, 9th August 2021
Deceit, Ladhood, Ghosts (credit: Channel 4/ BBC)
Deceit, Ladhood, Ghosts (credit: Channel 4/ BBC)

This week's TV picks include the return of feel-good comedies Ghosts and Ladhood, as well as the new thrilling crime drama Deceit. 



BBC One, 8:30pm

Beloved family comedy Ghosts returns for a third series with Charlotte Ritchie (Feel Good) and Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Stath Lets Flats) reprising their roles as the married couple Alison and Mike, who live in a manor house teeming with spirits.

In the series opener, Mike convinces Alison to give an interview to the documentary team shooting at the house as they investigate a historical assassination plot. Thomas (Mathew Baynton) offers to help Alison with her public speaking skills, but things go awry when the group of ghosts discover the plot involved one of their own.

What If…?


Disney +

A new animated series flipping the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), What If…? reimagines iconic moments from the films in surprising ways.

Entering the multiverse of unlimited possibilities, the series will see a host of stars reprise their roles, including Michael B Jordan (Black Panther), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain Marvel).

Modern Love


Amazon Prime

Inspired by the hugely popular New York Times column, the anthology series Modern Love returns for a second series with eight more true stories of modern romance.

The series will star the likes of Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Sophie Okonedo (Ratched), Tobias Menzies (The Crown), Minnie Driver (Starstruck) and Anna Paquin (True Blood). Andrew Rannells (Girls) directs an episode based on his own personal essay written for the NYT column.



Channel 4, 9pm

Niamh Algar (Calm with Horses) leads this new four-part drama examining the controversial honeytrap at the heart of a high-pressure investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Rachel Nickell in 1992.

Written by Emilia di Girolamo, Deceit explores the dysfunctional world in which female undercover officer Sadie (Algar), codename ‘Lizzie James’, is asked to become sexual bait for a suspected murderer.

When the police become obsessed with the man they believe to be guilty, named Colin Stagg (Sion Daniel Young, Keeping the Faith), the young Detective Inspector Keith Pedder (Harry Treadaway, The Crown) who is leading the case, devises a bold undercover operation involving ‘Lizzie James’ with the help of the nation’s most famous criminal profiler, Paul Britton (Eddie Marsden, Vice).



BBC Three

Comedian Liam Williams' comedy series Ladhood, following his own experiences as a teenager in the Leeds suburb of Garforth in the early noughties, is back for a second series.

In the first episode of the new series, freshly heartbroken Liam is on a date which is going surprisingly well, until his date asks him about the last time he was genuinely happy. Thrust back into the memories of his adolescence, young Liam (Oscar Kennedy) and his best mates Ralph (Samuel Bottomley), Addy (Aqib Khan) and Craggy (Shaun Thomas) experience GCSE results day.

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This week's TV picks include the return of feel-good comedies Ghosts and Ladhood, as well as the new thrilling crime drama Deceit.