Television & radio

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Foundation review – a galaxy of money can’t save Apple’s Star Dreck
With a huge budget, a starry cast including Jared Harris and explosive interplanetary plot, this new sci-fi epic wants to be taken seriously. What a shame it feels so earnest and ropey

Lucy Mangan

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Green Knight to The Guilty: the seven best films to watch on TV this week
Dev Patel is on an Arthurian quest and Jake Gyllenhaal is in a sweaty cop thriller. Plus Judas and the Black Messiah and Ammonite. Here’s what to stream and watch on British screens

Simon Wardell

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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TV tonight: Ted Danson swaps purgatory for city hall in Mr Mayor
Neil Bremner’s not a million miles from his demon in The Good Place, which is no bad thing. Plus: Mary Beard explores laughter. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

24, Sep, 2021 @5:01 AM

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Best podcasts of the week: paranoia and espionage in the tobacco industry
There’s double-crossing intrigue in Smoke Screen. Plus: the return of Sorted with the Dyers, eclectic album chats in 33 1/3, and an ambitious look at the history of Afghanistan

Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison and Madeleine Finlay

24, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘Astronauts check our scripts!’: inside the new age of sumptuous sci-fi TV
With clone emperors in haute couture and exotic wolf-lizards poised to attack, Foundation and For All Mankind herald a new era of ravishing spectaculars. Can they do for sci-fi what Game of Thrones did for fantasy?

Duncan Barrett

23, Sep, 2021 @3:57 PM

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‘Someone could weld an eyeball out!’ Why Metal Shop Masters is the anti Bake Off
It was inevitable that welders would be next to get their own Bake Off-style reality TV contest. But thank god none of them are amateurs – or there would be gore all over the floor

Stuart Heritage

23, Sep, 2021 @11:34 AM

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TV tonight: Taskmaster returns and it’s as sublimely ridiculous as ever
Greg Davies’s glorious gameshow is back, with celebs including Desiree Burch and Victoria Coren Mitchell. Plus: Joe Lycett champions more consumers. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett

23, Sep, 2021 @5:20 AM

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Farewell Rosehaven: the five best low-stakes plotlines of TV’s sweetest show
Over five delightfully pleasant seasons, Rosehaven has become a TV series we will remember. Here are some of its most memorable, if inconsequential, subplots

Luke Buckmaster

23, Sep, 2021 @2:03 AM

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Sex Actually With Alice Levine review – the cam couples turning love into porn
This Louis Theroux-produced series kicks off with a look at people who livestream their sex lives. But despite baring all online, they’re not given the opportunity to open up

Lucy Mangan

22, Sep, 2021 @10:10 PM

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Y: The Last Man review – a stale, male manbaby mess
Disney+’s new drama imagines what the world would look like if there was just one man left on Earth … by sidelining the women who would be in control. What a waste of time

Lucy Mangan

22, Sep, 2021 @12:48 PM

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‘Legitimately nightmarish’: is Alter Ego the worst TV show of 2021?
Fox’s bizarre singing competition, in which celebrities judge computer-generated avatars, is a horrifying oddity

Stuart Heritage

22, Sep, 2021 @6:16 AM

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TV tonight: Alice Levine gets up close and personal with modern sexuality
The presenter asks how it feels when sex becomes pornography and intimacy becomes content. Plus: more Grand Designs. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett

22, Sep, 2021 @5:20 AM

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