This week’s best home entertainment: from Black Earth Rising to The Deuce

John Goodman and Michaela Coel star in the BBC’s Rwanda-genocide drama, while it’s back to 70s New York for The Deuce

Black Earth Rising

Harriet Walter and Michaela Coel rake through traumas both personal and political in this stunning new eight-parter from Hugo Blick. Kate (Coel) was born in genocide-era Rwanda, but has grown up in London with prosecutor mother Eve (Walter). However, the latter’s involvement in a war crime case changes their lives irrevocably.
Monday 10 September, 9pm, BBC2

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM

NXIVM hit headlines earlier this year when actor Allison Mack was charged with her involvement in what seemed to be a sex cult. This new podcast explores the truth behind a group that brands itself as a self-help organisation but was, in fact, far more insalubrious.

BoJack Horseman

Far from flogging a dead horse, Netflix continues to impress with season five of the animated sadcom starring Will Arnett. With the release date having been “accidentally” announced via the BoJack Twitter account, expect more meta laughs.
From Friday 14 September, Netflix

The Deuce

David Simon’s paean to/excoriation of the golden age of NYC porn returns for a second season. The action jumps five years to 1977, where pornography – a fledgling, have-a-go industry in season one – has become a serious business, while prostitution is being cracked down upon. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is one of those negotiating the shifting landscape.
Tuesday 11 September, 10pm, Sky Atlantic

Strictly Come Dancing

You really don’t need to be reminded of the existence of Strictly given the annual blanket marketing campaign, but it’s worth flagging up this season’s opener for the fact alone that it features a performance by funk’s first family, Nile Rodgers and Chic. Some interesting contestants this year too, in the form of doc-maker Stacey Dooley and dishevelled comic Seann Walsh.
Saturday 9 September, 7.35pm, BBC One

No Offence

DI Viv and her swarm of sweary detectives are back for a third series of Paul Abbott’s riotous police procedural. This time, Abbott is taking aim at the far-right as the assassination of a mayoral candidate forces the unit into the murky world of local politics.
Thursday 13 September, 9pm, Channel 4


The second retelling of the Getty kidnapping saga this year, after Ridley Scott’s troubled All the Money in the World, this 10-parter not only marks the TV showrunning debut of one Danny Boyle, but also the triumphant return of Brendan Fraser, with a gloriously strange turn as an oddball, Stetson-wearing ex-CIA agent.
Wednesday 12 September, 9pm, BBC Two

American Vandal

“Penis vandalism” makes way for “poop crime” as the note-perfect true-crime parody returns. Early word suggests that this second season has upped the stakes, with digs at fellow Netflix series The Keepers and even hints of found-footage horror in its storyline about a Catholic high school beset by bouts of brutal diarrhoea.
From Friday 14 September, Netflix

The Book of Life

Mexico’s day of the dead carnival is the setting for this fantastic firecracker of an animated feature. Directed by Jorge R Gutiérrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, it’s a vivid, witty tale about the rivalry between matador Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and warrior Joaquín (Channing Tatum) for the love of the free-spirited María (Zoe Saldana).
Sunday 9 September, 1.25pm, Channel 4


Colour us intrigued by this mysterious Amazon comedy, which marks the reunion of former SNL pair Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. They play June and Oscar, a couple looking to shake up their suburban existence with a ski holiday, a decision that might just come back to bite them. Catherine Keener and Julia Ormond round out the cracking cast list.
Friday 14 September, Amazon Prime Video

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