This week's best home entertainment: from Deadwater Fell to Cheer | Television & radio - Republik City News

This week’s best home entertainment: from Deadwater Fell to Cheer | Television & radio


A house fire that kills village doctor David Tennant’s wife and children seems a heartbreaking tragedy, until it becomes apparent that sinister forces may have been at play. Grantchester writer Daisy Coulam pits Tennant’s once much-loved doctor against the increasing wrath of his community in this insidious and dark four-part drama.
Friday 10 January, 9pm, Channel 4

In 1978, more than 900 of the cult preacher Jim Jones’s followers were found dead in a mass suicide at his Peoples Temple in Guyana. This two-part doc exposes how Jones was able to brainwash so many
Tuesday 7 January, 9pm, BBC Four

The Masked Singer

Hearing voices… The Masked Singer. Photograph: Vincent Dolman

If The Voice’s swivelling chairs gimmick doesn’t do it for you then try this new show’s mildly terrifying conceit of famous singers dressed head-to-toe in outlandish disguises, battling it out to retain their anonymity. Judges Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and The Hangover’s Ken Jeong will all be on hand to reveal the hidden talents in this strangely entertaining, if obscure, show.
Saturday 4 January, 7pm, ITV

Sleeping With David Baddiel

Find it hard to sleep? Well, join half the population and David Baddiel, who in this six-part pod examines the reasons behind our nocturnal struggles with neurologist Dr Guy Leschziner. Baddiel remembers not sleeping for 72 hours, while we learn helpful tips for insomniacs.

RuPaul gets the full neon-fuelled Netflix treatment, starring as drag queen Ruby, who is forced to go on a nationwide tour after $100,000 of her life savings are stolen by an ex. Along the way she picks up AJ, an 11-year-old recently orphaned stowaway, and the two slowly form a charming, if predictable, bond on their road trip across the clubs of the US.
From Friday 10 January, Netflix

Call the Midwife

Special delivery… Call the Midwife. Photograph: Nicky Johnson

Following their Hebridean Christmas special, we return to London’s Nonnatus House and their resident midwives as they encounter a heavily pregnant single mum living in filthy accommodation and an abandoned newborn whom they must rush to reunite with its mother.
Sunday 5 January, 8pm, BBC One

The gentle spirit of Ozu permeates Hirokazu Kore-eda’s sweetly perceptive family drama – not that there is much drama; events play out softly. It concerns three sisters – bank worker Yoshi, sports shop assistant Chika and nurse Sachi – who discover at their father’s funeral that they have a half-sister, Suzu, whose arrival has them reassessing their lives.
Saturday 4 January, 1.20am, BBC Two

What initially appeared an open-and-shut case soon spiralled into a harrowing whodunnit after the discovery of the mass murder of a family in an Essex farmhouse in August 1985. This dramatised series delves into the troubling family dynamics in the run-up to the murders, as well as the murky investigation that followed.
Wednesday 8 January, 9pm, ITV


Heads up… Cheer

What with high-school dramas and romcoms, cheerleading seems to have got a rough deal in pop-culture stereotyping. This documentary series on the elite team at Navarro College in Texas seeks to rectify that, detailing the gruelling training and setbacks the cheerleaders undergo in preparation for a shot at their 15th national championship.
From Wednesday 8 January, Netflix

Former scaffolder and standup Tom Davis pens this new comedy about a working-class couple vying for prominence in the competitive material world of suburbia. Episode one sees Davis’s Gary King getting on the wrong side of local hardman Lee Benson, while his son Teddy has his first date with local heartthrob Rose.
Friday 10 January, 9.30pm, BBC One

Main Composite Image: Sophie Mutevelian/BBC/Neal Street Productions; Sarah Lee/The Guardian; Vincent Dolman/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock; Mark Mainz/Channel 4; BBC/Shiny Button


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