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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.

This week we’re watching: Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, available now on Now TV.

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What To Watch, Read and Listen To This Week


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  • 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.

    BBC, 9 May

  • 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.

    Out soon, 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

  • Shalom Brune-Franklin, Line of Duty

    LISTEN: Obsessed with Line of Duty

    Hosted by one of its former stars, Craig Parkinson, the BBC’s Obsessed with Line of Duty podcast unpacks  the show each week.


  • 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, which launches on 21 March. Will we finally discover who the mysterious H is?

    Sundays at 9pm, BBC One, and available on 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.


  • Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard

    WATCH: Amazing Hotels, Life Beyond The Lobby

    See behind the scenes of one of London’s most luxurious hotels, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, in the finale of BBC Studio’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby. Think bath butlers and marriage proposals galore.


  • 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.


  • Bloodlands

    WATCH: Bloodlands

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




  • LISTEN: The Georgette Heyer BBC Radio Drama Collection

    Switch off the news and luxuriate in the release of over 50 Georgette Heyer titles in audio by Penguin Random House.


  • Under a White Sky

    READ: Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert

    Elizabeth Kolbert’s Under a White Sky examines whether humans’ interference in nature can reverse the damage they initially caused.


  • Free Britney

    WATCH: Framing Britney Spears

    The documentary everyone’s been talking about, Framing Britney Spears, debuts in the UK tonight. Produced by the New York Times, the documentary charters the singers meteoric rise to fame, looking at how the media has treated her and the #FreeBritney movement, which relates to her court-approved conservatorship.

    Available to stream on NOW TV

  • Soulmates

    WATCH: Soulmates

    Black Mirror meets Married at First Sight in new sci-fi series Soulmates, which imagines a future where new technology can identify your ideal romantic partner.

    Amazon Prime

  • Sarah Raven

    LISTEN: Grow, Eat, Arrange

    Up your gardening game with our erstwhile gardening columnist Sarah Raven’s new podcast.

    Listen here

  • The Travel Diaries

    LISTEN: The Travel Diaries with Holly Rubenstein

    Dreaming of distant shores? So too are Holly Rubenstein’s guests. This week it’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talking about his travel diaries.

    Listen here

  • Milk Fed, Melissa Broder

    READ: Milk Fed, Melissa Broder

    Food, sex and God – this explosive thematic combination in Milk Fed results in a highly entertaining and blushingly candid read. Out March


  • News of the World

    WATCH: News of the World

    We’ve got Paul Greengrass on our podcast this week so it would be rude not to watch his latest film News of the World (and no, it’s not about the newspaper).


  • Mozart Week 2021

    LISTEN: Mozart Week Festival in Salzburg

    A previously unheard of Mozart piano piece was recorded at this year’s Mozart Week Festival in Salzburg.

    Listen here

    Image: ISM-WLienbacher

  • The Investigation, BBC

    WATCH: The Investigation

    The Investigation looks at the extraordinary story of the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

    BBC iPlayer

  • Ethan Hawke, A Bright Ray of Darkness

    READ: A Bright Ray of Darkness, Ethan Hawke

    As if Ethan Hawke wasn’t talented enough, his first novel in 20 years is an honest look at celebrity (warts ‘n’ all).


  • Power The Maxwells

    LISTEN: Power: The Maxwells

    And the Ghislaine Maxwell story rolls on – this time the focus is on her father in seven-part podcast Power: The Maxwells.


  • Call My Agent

    WATCH: Call My Agent

    Call My Agent is back for its final series on Netflix! Rejoice, one and all. This is the best thing on TV. Image from Netflix


  • Breathtaking, Rachel Clarke

    READ: Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic, Rachel Clarke

    How does it feel to be on the frontline in the face of a pandemic? In her new book Breathtaking, Rachel Clarke gives us an unflinching account of what it’s like to work as a palliative care doctor during coronavirus.

    Little Brown

  • 76 Days

    WATCH: 76 Days

    MTV documentary 76 Days charts what life was like on the frontline across four Wuhan hospitals at the start of the pandemic.


  • Lupin

    WATCH: Lupin

    Omar Sy stars in this new French Netflix heist thriller, which retells the story of Arsène Lupin, the world-famous gentleman thief.


  • 38 Ways to Save the Planet

    LISTEN: 38 Ways to Save the Planet

    Get positive and bone up on BBC Radio 4’s 39 Ways To Save the Planet podcast: brilliant 15 minute episodes to help you feel empowered.

    BBC Radio 4

  • It's a Sin, Channel 4

    WATCH: It’s A Sin

    Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has created a new show for Channel 4 which explores the lives of a group of gay men affected by the AIDS crisis of the 80s.

    Channel 4

  • Luster, Raven Leilani

    READ: Luster, Raven Leilani

    One of this year’s most highly anticipated debuts, Luster follows Edie, a 23-year-old black woman who finds herself entangled in the marriage of an older white couple.

    Out 21 Jan, Pan Macmillan

  • Finding Alice, ITV

    WATCH: Finding Alice

    ITV’s new six-part drama stars Keeley Hawes stars as grieving wife Alice Dillon, who discovers a web of secrets and debt after her husband dies in a tragic accident.


  • Pieces of a Woman, Netflix

    WATCH: Pieces of a Woman

    Vanessa Kirby excels in heart-wrenching new Netflix film Pieces of a Woman, which tells the story a home birth ending in unimaginable tragedy.


  • The Missing podcast

    LISTEN: The Missing

    Mourning your weekly dose of Pandora Sykes? You’ll find her hosting new podcast The Missing, which looks into the cases of long-term missing people.


  • History of Swear Words

    WATCH: History of Swear Words

    We’ve probably been doing a lot of it lately. Now, Nicholas Cage tells us where our swear words come from.


  • The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan

    READ: The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

    Booker Prize-winning Richard Flanagan’s new novel The Living Sea of Waking Dreams is a magical realist tale set in Australia’s bushfire season.


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