This week in TV takes viewers as far as Hong Kong with Nicole Kidman's vehicle Expats. Closer to home, people conceived via donors hope to find out more about their lineage in Born from the Same Stranger.
Born From the Same Stranger
Davina McCall narrates this documentary series following people born from the same donor, who are finally able to track down their once-anonymous dads.
The show was made as a change in British law came into place, allowing any adult conceived by donation after 2005 to request more details about the donor. Those born before 2005 have long pursued their own investigations, creating a tightknit community of amateur sleuths in search of more information about their parent, and themselves.
American Mercenaries: Killing in Yemen
BBC Two, 11.15pm
Since 2014, Yemen has been subject to a brutal civil war that created what the UN calls “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. Now, journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi investigates how the United Arab Emirates hired mercenaries to kill key political targets in Yemen. Americans became involved in 2015, according to the documentary.
BuzzFeed News revealed in 2018 details of the “targeted assassination program”, in the words of the person who ran it. Al-Maghafi picks up where BuzzFeed reporter Aram Roston left off, and continues to provide unflinching reporting.
The Fab Five return for the eighth series of the beloved Netflix reboot. This will be Bobby Berk’s last outing as the show’s interior design and renovation guru, in a departure that has been subject to intense speculation.
As discussion continues over who has unfollowed who, the group come together to help a new crop of people in need of a makeover. This time around, there’s a Kiss superfan, a former nun, and a football school for the deaf. Expect more fun and fashion tips, interspersed with teary confessions.
Masters of the Air
Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies) return as executive producers to complete a hattrick of World War II dramas.
After 2001’s Band of Brothers and 2010’s The Pacific, Masters of the Air follows the 100th Bomb Group in the US Air Force. Nicknamed the Bloody Hundredth, owing to their pilots’ patchy track record for coming back alive, the airmen have their work cut out. Among their number are Ncuti Gatwa (Doctor Who) and Austin Butler (Elvis).
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) was memorably granted an exemption from Hong Kong’s stringent quarantine rules to make this drama about the city’s expatriate community.
Underneath the skyline’s neon gaze, friendship blossoms and resentments simmer amongst transplants to the urban sprawl. Characters like Kidman’s are in search of a fresh start, yet they seem to find nothing but all-too-familiar feelings of guilt and isolation. Watching from the kitchen and doors left ajar are the ‘help’, who observe wryly that they know everything about “these people”. The show is directed by Lulu Wang (The Farewell), making it a must for A24 fans.