TV Picks of the week: 19th November to 25th November

TV Picks of the week: 19th November to 25th November

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Adrian Dunbar (Jim Hogan) & Ingrid Craigie (Mary Hogan) in Blood (Credit: Channel 5)
Adrian Dunbar (Jim Hogan) & Ingrid Craigie (Mary Hogan) in Blood (Credit: Channel 5)

From the long-awaited arrival of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, to Louis Theroux’s investigation of adoption in the USA, here’s what to watch this week.

My Brilliant Friend

Monday: Sky Atlantic, 9.00pm

Based on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend centres on the relationship between two childhood friends from Naples.

Chronicling a friendship across six decades, the Italian drama follows 60-year-old Elena Greco as she learns that her old friend Lila has disappeared.

Greco, now a writer, returns to the neighbourhood where the two first met in the 1950s and reflects on their time together.

 

Car Crash: Who's Lying?

Tuesday: BBC One, 10.45pm


Car Crash: Who's Lying? (Credit: BBC)

When a car carrying a group of friends collided with a tree on a dark country lane, killing 19-year-old Luke Fletcher, it seemed like another tragic road accident.

However the police soon discovered that the story didn’t quite add up.

Using never-before-seen bodycam footage of the crash site and interviews with friends and family members of the car’s passengers, this documentary follows the police as they investigate what really happened that night.

 

Trans Kids: It's Time to Talk

Wednesday: Channel 4, 10.00pm


Trans Kids: It's Time to Talk (Credit: Channel 4)

With a rapid increase in the number of children being referred to NHS gender services, psychotherapist Stella O’Malley explores the effects and risks of transitioning gender at a young age.

Leading the documentary, O’Malley reflects on her own childhood gender identity issues and speaks with trans people to understand their personal journeys and with parents who want to support their children.

 

Tomorrow's World Live: For One Night Only

Thursday: BBC Four, 9.00pm


Tomorrow's World (Credit: BBC)

Celebrating the influential science show that ran for over 38 years, former Tomorrow's World presenters Maggie Philbin and Howard Stableford are joined by professor Hannah Fry to present a one-off episode of the science and technology show live from Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

Delving into the show’s archive of gadgets, the team look back at innovations that have defined the modern world, such as mobile phones, and look to the future of cutting-edge technologies.

 

Blood

Friday: Channel 5, 9:00pm

Carolina Main stars as Cat, a woman who returns to her small childhood home after the tragic death of her mother Mary (Ingrid Craigie).

Suspicious of her mother’s injuries Cat begins to suspect that her well-respected father Jim (Adrian Dunbar) murdered her.

Convinced of her father’s guilt the grieving family are torn apart exposing secrets that were better left hidden.

The psychological drama concludes on Friday with the previous episodes of Blood being available via on-demand services.

 

Evita: The Making of a Superstar 

Saturday: BBC Two, 9.00pm


Suzy Klein and Emma Hatton on stage as Evita (Credit: BBC/Brooklapping Ltd/Rory Mulvey)

Celebrating 40 years since the creation of music Evita, presenter Suzy Klein travels to the colourful landscapes of Argentina and explores the world of musical theatre.

There she discover the story of Eva Peron, the country’s former First Lady, and uncovers how Sir Tim Rice and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber created the hit musical.

 

Louis Theroux's Altered States: Take My Baby

Sunday: BBC Two, 9.00pm

Award winning filmmaker Louis Theroux continues his exploration of modern America, looking at how recent laws and social attitudes have impacted the nation in regards to love, death and raising children.

Theroux heads to California to explore the big business of adoption where the process can cost as much as $50,000.

On his visit, Theroux meets the families willing to pay such high prices, after struggling to conceive children. He also hears stories of abuse, addiction and poverty from those who put their babies up for adoption.

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From the long-awaited arrival of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, to Louis Theroux’s investigation of adoption in the USA, here’s what to watch this week.