The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from Maxine to the NTAs – iNews

Another horror from Mike Flanagan, the man behind the Haunting of… series (Hill House, Bly Manor). Ilonka is getting ready to go to university when she is diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer. After researching alternative cures, she comes across a hospice, Brightcliffe, from where patients have walked away with a clean bill of health. Once admitted, she meets The Midnight Club, a group of ill teens who meet up in the dark of the night to tell each other ghost stories. But it soon becomes clear that Brightcliffe has its own spooky secrets.
This drama retells the terrifying story of the kidnapping of 12-year-old Jan Broberg, as told in Netflix’s Abducted in Plain Sight. Jake Lacy (The White Lotus) plays Robert Berchtold, a charismatic neighbour and friend of the Broberg family in 70s Idaho, who stole Jan away twice, claiming he was in love with her. The details of the case are quite something, from an affair between Berchtold and Jan’s father to “alien manipulation”.
BBC Three’s venture into the slasher horror-comedy genre is set on a cruise ship, The Sacramentum. Among the 3,000 members of the crew is Jamie (Oscar Kennedy, Ladhood), who has joined the voyage to look for his younger sister, who went missing on the boat’s previous outing. While his colleagues get caught up in the cruise worker party life, Jamie realises that others are also disappearing at the hands of a ruthless killer and turns his attention to solving the on-board murders.
Four years ago, Line of Duty star Vicky McClure harnessed the power of music to help people living with dementia by forming a choir. It was a life-changing experience for those involved, but returning to meet the singers, McClure learns there is still not much support for those with the syndrome, and music therapy is still a rare form of treatment. To raise awareness of these struggles, she gets the band back together to record a single at Abbey Road Studios.
This three-part true-crime series revisits the 2002 murders of Soham children Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. It follows Maxine Carr (Jemma Carlton) as she moves to the Cambridgeshire village with her partner Ian Huntley (Scott Reid) and takes a teaching assistant job. Away visiting her mother for the weekend, she hears news of two missing girls, both students at her college, and rushes home to provide Huntley with a false alibi.
TV seems particularly preoccupied with true-crime stories of late, and in this five-part series, Jessica Biel plays Candy Montgomery, a seemingly sweet housewife who in 1980 was accused of murdering her neighbour, Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey), with an axe. What drove her to such violent extremes? Perhaps Candy’s affair with Betty’s husband Allan (Pablo Schreiber) had something to do with it…
The makers of The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty and The Trump Show turn their attention to the Tesla chief executive. Alongside archive footage from his business dealings in Silicon Valley, the film meets Musk’s nearest and dearest. Part timeline of the business magnate’s work with Tesla and SpaceX, part psychological profile, this three-part series has one question at its centre: what is the world’s richest person really like?
Just a few weeks after Ryan Murphy’s Jeffrey Dahmer series hit headlines for all the wrong reasons, its creator is back with another true crime drama. Nora and Dean Brannock (Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale) move into their dream New Jersey home, but their joy is short-lived, as threatening letters soon begin to arrive, signed by “The Watcher”. As the threat increases, the Brannocks find out they are not the only ones with a stalker.
Joel Dommett hosts the annual award show from Wembley’s Ovo Arena. As the only TV awards show voted entirely by the public, the winners are usually a little different to the usual industry-led evenings. The most exciting category is New Drama, which will see Heartstopper, Trigger Point, Time and This is Going to Hurt go head-to-head.
This year marks the centenary of TS Eliot’s seminal poem “The Waste Land”. This documentary celebrates not only the work itself, but also the private personal story which inspired the piece. Letters written by Eliot to his muse, Emily Hale, reveal a complex love triangle between the two and Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood, who appears to be a direct inspiration for the poem.
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