This week's best on demand TV

This week's best on demand TV

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By Sarah Carson,
Friday, 30th October 2015
Kirsten Dunst in Fargo
Kirsten Dunst in Fargo

Our picks of this week's best TV on demand

From comedy and drama to documentaries, catch up on the best of this week's TV, find out what's new on streaming services and discover gems from the archives.


Doc Martin

Selina Cadell, Martin Clunes and Sigourney Weaver (Credit: ITV)

ITV Player
It may seem a bizarre cameo, but this week, Sigourney Weaver made an appearance in the fictional fishing village of Portwenn. Playing an American tourist tracing her Cornish roots, the Alien actress's stint was brief, but it’s worth tuning in to witness the bizarre sight of the Hollywood A-lister in the tiny Cornish town. How did it come about? Selina Cadell, who plays the village’s pharmacist Sally Tishell, has been Weaver’s best friend for 42 years. After meeting as drama students in 1973, when Weaver was on holiday in London and a mutual friend introduced them, the pair have stayed in touch ever since, and regularly spend Christmas together.

Available until 25 November


Jesse Plemons in Fargo (Credit: Channel 4)

All 4
Last year’s series – inspired by the Coen brothers 1996 film of the same name – was universally critically acclaimed, and a ratings hit. Series two also takes place in smalltown Minnesota, but has a completely different cast and plot. With star turns from Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Jesse Plemons and Patrick Wilson, it’s every bit as intelligent, intriguing and darkly comic as the first.

Episode 1 available until 18 November

Professor Green: Suicide and Me

Professor Green (Credit: BBC Pictures)

BBC iPlayer
When Stephen Manderson – better known as Professor Green – was 24 years old, his father took his own life. Now 31, the profound effect this has had on him, and the surrounding, conflicting feelings, are with him every day. In this important, insightful and moving documentary, Manderson explores what may have led his father to make such a drastic decision, and meets mental health experts to find out more about the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. He leads by example in encouraging men to be more open with their feelings, to prevent further deaths this same, tragic way.

Available until 27 November


Hoff the Record


David Hasselhoff’s self-spoofing mockumentary tells the story of the actor’s attempts to replicate the success of his Baywatch and Knight Rider heyday. Surprisingly edgy, it’s a plucky, well-observed and darkly comic series that proves The Hoff is unafraid to make fun of himself.

Available until 31 December 

Timeshift: Looking for Mr Bond

Roger Moore as James Bond

BBC iPlayer
Just in time for this week’s release of Spectre came this BBC documentary, which makes use of rare, forgotten archive footage on all things Bond. With candid interviews with every one of the six actors who have played him, it’s a treat for any fan.

Available until 27 November

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Our picks of this week's best TV on demand