What’s On TV This Week: 30th October – 5th November

Rhod Gilbert: A Pain in The Neck


Channel 4, 9.00pm

Rhod Gilbert (Credit: Channel 4)

In 2022, comedian Rhod Gilbert was diagnosed with stage four head and neck cancer. Now, in a one-off documentary for Stand Up to Cancer, Gilbert will be revealing his journey from diagnosis to recovery through a series of personal video diaries.

Netflix adds Sarah Lancashire and Ben Whishaw to spy thriller Black Doves

Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as Helen Webb – devoted mother, wife, and spy. For years Webb has been leaking her politician husband’s government secrets to her spy organisation, The Black Doves. When Webb’s lover Jason is suspiciously murdered, she turns to an old friend, Sam Young (Whishaw) – an assassin whose dark past is swiftly catching up with him. 

Set against a backdrop of London in full Christmas swing, the two begin solving the murder, uncovering a web of conspiracies in the process that all lead towards an impending geopolitical crisis. 

BBC Director-General Tim Davie on Freely and future-proofing the BBC

BBC director-general Tim Davie sits in a chair and gestures with his hand

Another week, another BBC media storm. As allegations of rape and other forms of sexual abuse emerged against Russell Brand, a former Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music presenter who resigned in 2008 following a prank phone call to actor Andrew Sachs, the BBC’s Director-­General, Tim Davie, once again found himself having to defend the corporation’s culture.

Release date set for new Edgar Allan Poe-inspired series of The Haunting

Mike Flanagan’s first two loose adaptions also took inspiration from classic horror stories, with The Haunting of Hill House echoing Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, and The Haunting of Bly Manor drawing from Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.

Flanagan also created supernatural horror Midnight Mass and mystery thriller The Midnight Club for Netflix.

Talk to Me’s Sophie Wilde and Stephen Fry star in trailer for new sixth form drama Everything Now

Everything Now will put the focus on teenagers’ mental health, with the trailer seeing Sophie Wilde (Tom Jones, Talk to Me) star as Mia, a 16-year-old who has returned to school after a seven-month-long battle with an eating disorder.

Freshly entering the world of sixth form, Mia has discovered that all her friends have moved into pre-adulthood without her. Old enemies are now their friends, and they have started drinking, smoking and partying in her absence.

The Tinder Swindler: a true crime classic

Few documentaries have made as big a splash as The Tinder Swindler, the story of an online dating scammer, Simon, and three of the many women he conned out of huge amounts of money.

When the true crime feature came out last year, it was the most-watched feature documentary in Netflix’s history, notching up 166 million views in its first month.

The Tinder Swindler deservedly won its director and writer, Felicity Morris, a Bafta but no one, including Morris, would deny that the real stars of the show are Cecilie, Pernilla and Ayleen.

Jack Thorne to dramatise the Corby Poisonings with new series starring Jodie Whittaker

Corby, a town in Northamptonshire, experienced one of the biggest child poisoning cases the UK has ever seen, after it was exposed to a high volume of toxic waste in the 1980s and 90s.

Children born in this period were three times more likely to have birth defects than the rest of the UK.

In Toxic Town, Jack Thorne (Best Interests) will focus on three mothers who fought on the frontlines for justice, battling in court for recognition of Corby’s mistreatment.