The C&TH Culture Radar: What To Watch, Read and Listen To This Month

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Forever wondering what to watch on Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime? Always keeping your ears pricked for word of new podcasts? Can’t decide what to read next? Welcome to our culture radar, which we’ll regularly update with recommendations for what to watch, read and listen to each week.

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What To Watch, Read and Listen To This Month


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The Amplify Podcast

LISTEN: The Amplify Podcast

A new podcast highlights the importance of Black British writers across stage, page and screen, hosted by Patricia Cumper MBE and Pauline Walker. Guests due to feature include Alex Wheatle MBE, the author profiled in Steve McQueen’s award-winning BBC drama Small Axe, author Nick Makoha and Oladipo Agboluaje, winner of the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award.


WATCH: Succession

The much-awaited third season of Succession picks up right where we left off: in the aftermath of Kendall’s bombshell press conference. The Roy family have become one of TV’s best-ever ensemble casts, and this series is set to be as sharp, funny and dark as ever.

Sky Atlantic and NOW, 17 October

Scenes from a Marriage

WATCH: Scenes from a Marriage

A remake of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 classic, new HBO series Scenes from a Marriage explores the highs and lows of modern marriage through American couple Mira (Jessica Chastain) and Jonathan (Oscar Isaac).

Sky Atlantic, 11 October

Help, Channel 4


Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star in Channel 4’s new one-off drama about the impact of Covid-19 on care homes during the early stages of the pandemic.

9pm on 16 September, Channel 4

A Youth in Limbo

WATCH: A Youth in Limbo

This new documentary offers a unique perspective on the Afghan refugee crisis, following aspiring teen rapper and poet Peyman, who is stuck in Athens in a state of uncertainty.

Stream online at

Sex Education

WATCH: Sex Education

After a long wait, Laurie Nunn’s hit show Sex Education is back on our screens. Otis, Maeve and the gang return to Moordale, where Girls star Jemima Kirke has taken over as the new headmistress.

Out 17 September, Netflix

Beautiful World, Where Are You

READ: Beautiful World, Where Are You

Literary superstar Sally Rooney works her magic once again in Beautiful World, Where Are You, which follows the lives of four young protagonists living in Ireland.


Read our review here

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

WATCH: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Loved Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End? Now you can watch it from your sofa thanks to a new Amazon Prime movie starring Max Harwood and Lauren Patel.

Out 17 September, Amazon Prime

Nine Perfect Strangers

WATCH: Nine Perfect Strangers

Based on the recent novel by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers is set in an Australian health resort, headed up by the mysterious Masha – played by Nicole Kidman. Nine guests arrive in need of some R&R, but it soon becomes clear there’s something sinister going on.

Amazon Prime

READ: The Country of Others, Leïla Slimani

The bestselling author of Lullaby draws on her own family history in The Country of Others, the first in a planned trilogy about a woman who leaves France for Morocco in 1946.


Modern Love

WATCH: Modern Love

Prepare to have your heart strings tugged in all directions: Modern Love is back. The second series – which is again inspired by The New York Times’ column of the same name – with another star-studded cast featuring Kit Harington and Tobias Menzies.

Amazon Prime

WATCH: Gossip Girl

Your summer guilty pleasure has arrived: the HBO Max reboot of Gossip Girl, back with a new generation of Manhattan’s elite.

BBC iPlayer

Pieces of Britney

LISTEN: Pieces of Britney

Pandora Sykes explores the life of Britney Spears in a new eight-part podcast series, looking at what her story tells us about sex, politics and the entertainment industry.

BBC Sounds

Eve Kalinik

LISTEN: The Wellness Breakdown

Nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik and medicinal practitioner Rosemary Ferguson have joined forces to launch a new podcast, which aims to debunk wellness fads and trends.

Player FM

Animal, Lisa Taddeo

READ: Animal, Lisa Taddeo

Animal is the debut novel from Lisa Taddeo, the author of the award-winning true story, Three Women, which she spent eight years researching. Animal, on the other hand, is a fictional book – though it covers some of the same themes. It tells the story of Joan, who has spent a lifetime enduring the cruel acts of men – but when one of them commits a shocking act of violence right before her eyes, Joan flees New York in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help make sense of her past.



WATCH: Lupin

Omar Sy returns as a modern-day gentleman thief Assane Diop for a second season of French crime drama Lupin.


Feel Good, Netflix

WATCH: Feel Good

Netflix has picked up Mae Martin’s semi-autobiographical Channel 4 sitcom Feel Good for a second season, continuing the complicated love story of Mae and George (Charlotte Richie).




Sean Bean and Stephen Graham star in Time, a new BBC drama about life in prison. We chat to one of its stars, Jack McMullen, here.


Image: BBC Pictures

The Nevers

WATCH: The Nevers

Set in the Victorian period, The Nevers follows the story of a group of mostly women who have suddenly been given magical powers of different kinds. Read our interview with one of its stars, Viola Prettejohn, here.

Sky Atlantic and NOW


WATCH: Cruella

Emma Stone stars as young fashion designer Estella de Vil in Cruella, which imagines the Disney villain’s life before 101 Dalmatians.

The Woman in the Window

WATCH: The Woman in the Window

This new psychological thriller stars Amy Adams as child psychologist Anna Fox, who is confined to her NYC home by her agoraphobia.


Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

READ: Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Loved Daisy Jones and The Six? You’ll be pleased to know Taylor Jenkins Reid is back with a new novel, and it’s set to be just as juicy. One fateful night in Malibu in 1983, the four Riva siblings are hosting their famous annual party when family secrets begin bubbling to the surface.


The Pursuit of Love

WATCH: The Pursuit of Love

Lily James and Dominic West star in the BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s much-loved novel The Pursuit of Love, which launches on BBC One on 9 May. Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the story follows the adventures of the fearless Linda Radlett (James) and her best friend Fanny Logan, played by Emily Beecham.

Out now, BBC iPlayer

Alexandra Roach

WATCH: Viewpoint

Alexandra Roach stars as single mother Zoe alongside Noel Clarke in new ITV drama Viewpoint, a thriller about a well-loved teacher going missing.

ITV Player

Promising Young Woman

WATCH: Promising Young Woman

The endlessly talented Emerald Fennell strikes again with Promising Young Woman, which stars Carey Mulligan and Adam Brody and has no less than five Oscar nominations.

Sky Cinema and Now TV

The Irregulars

WATCH: The Irregulars

This eight-part series is a twist on the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes, set in a dystopian version of Victorian London. Darci Shaw stars as Jessie, part of a group of teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson (Royce Pierreson) and Sherlock Holmes (Henry Lloyd-Hughes). When a dark power begins to emerge, it’s up to the Baker Street Irregulars to save London.


Double Bind

READ: Double Blind

The latest novel from the author behind Patrick Melrose, Edward St Aubyn, Double Blind follows three close friends over one tumultuous year.

Vintage Publishing

The Mauritanian

WATCH: The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian is the true story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was kept without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years. Horrifying.

Amazon Prime

WATCH: Seaspiracy

We’ve had Cowspiracy, now it’s fish that get the documentary treatment. Seaspiracy will kick fish of the day off your menu.


Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

READ: Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

One of the most talked about book releases of 2021 is the new book from Kazuo Ishiguro. His first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Klara and the Sun tells the story of an artificial friend who yearns for a human owner, asking the question: what does it mean to love?

Faber & Faber

Shalom Brune-Franklin, Line of Duty

WATCH: Line of Duty, Season 6

The AC-12 gang are back for the sixth season of Line of Duty. Will we finally discover who the mysterious H is?

BBC iPlayer

The Filling podcast

LISTEN: The Filling

One for foodies, Anna Barnett’s second series of The Filling returns with guests including Kelly Osbourne and Donna Hay.

Apple podcasts

My Donkey, My Lover & I

WATCH: My Donkey, My Lover and I

Heartwarming and a world away from lockdown, bask in French film My Donkey, My Lover and I, starring Call My Agent‘s Laure Calamy.

Curzon Home Cinema

Megan Nolan, Acts of Desperation

READ: Acts of Desperation

The debut novel from Irish journalist Megan Nolan, Acts of Desperation is the account of a toxic relationship from beginning to end.


American Dirt, Jeanine Cummings

READ: American Dirt, Jeanine Cummins

Just out in paperback and courting its own controversy, nonetheless Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt is unputdownable.


The Wild Track by Peggy Reynolds

READ: The Wild Track, Margaret Reynolds

Looking for a personal, immersive read to get you through the last stretch of the toughest lockdown measures? This is it. Margaret Reynolds is a former BBC broadcaster, academic, writer and critic, and her new book The Wild Track is part memoir, part exploration of what drives a woman to become a mother.


Behind Her Eyes

WATCH: Behind Her Eyes

Netflix thriller Behind Her Eyes sees a single mother enter a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist – while secretly striking up a friendship with his wife.



WATCH: Bloodlands

Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio is behind four-part crime thriller Bloodlands, set in Northern Ireland and starring James Nesbitt and Charlene McKenna.




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