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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: The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as young chess prodigy Beth Harmon. Main image: courtesy of Netflix.

What To Watch, Read and Listen To This Week

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  • Hunting Ghislaine Maxwell podcast

    LISTEN: Hunting Ghislaine Maxwell

    Still obsessed by the Jeffrey Epstein affair? New six-part LBC podcast series Hunting Ghislaine Maxwell with John Sweeney is your latest must-listen.

    Out now, globalplayer.com


  • Hilbilly Elegy

    WATCH: Hillbilly Elegy

    See an unrecognisable Amy Adams and Glenn Close give star turns in Hillbilly Elegy, a modern exploration of the American Dream.

    Out 24 Nov, Netflix

  • Greenlights

    LISTEN: Greenlights

    Matthew McConaughey’s new book Greenlights sounds all the better when read aloud in his mellow Southern drawl.

    Out now, Audible

  • Industry

    WATCH: Industry

    Five trainees start out in the cut-throat world of investment banking. Find out how they fare in HBO and BBC2’s Industry which just landed.

    Out now, BBC iPlayer


  • Dearly, Margaret Attwood

    READ: Dearly, Margaret Attwood

    In new collection Dearly Margaret Attwood returns to her poetic roots for the first time in over a decade.

    Out now, Vintage Publishing

  • His Dark Materials

    WATCH: His Dark Materials

    Series 2 of His Dark Materials, with the excellent Dafne Keen as the feisty Lyra Silvertongue, has just launched on BBC1.

    Out now, BBC iPlayer


  • Tennis Lessons

    READ: Tennis Lessons

    A darkly humorous coming-of-age-tale, Tennis Lessons perfectly encapsulates the insecurities and heartbreak of growing up. Think Fleabag meets Chewing Gum.

    Out now, Penguin


  • The Queen's Gambit

    WATCH: The Queen’s Gambit

    Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, The Queen’s Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy struggling with addiction on her journey to becoming a Grandmaster.

    Out now, Netflix

  • Barack Obama, A Promised Land

    READ: A Promised Land, Barack Obama

    The former president’s memoir is being published in two volumes, with the first being released this November: a personal account of history in the making.

    Out 17 November, Penguin Books

  • Schitt's Creek

    WATCH: Schitt’s Creek

    Bottled sunshine and the warmth of laughter for cold winter nights. A total Emmy Award-winning gem.

    Out now, Netflix

  • WATCH: Truth Seekers

    Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Susan Wokoma star in this new supernatural comedy about a team of part-time paranormal investigators.

    Out now, Amazon Prime

  • Georgie Henley

    WATCH: The Spanish Princess

    Historical dramas are all the rage right now, and The Spanish Princess is about as juicy as they get. The Starz series looks at the tragic love story of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII from a new vantage point: from the perspective of the women involved. It’s back for a second series – here one of its stars, Georgie Henley – gives us the lowdown.

    Out now, Starzplay

  • Grayson Perry

    WATCH: Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip

    Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip is a wonderful way to have a different perspective on a country about to decide on their future.

    Out now, Channel 4

  • Spoon Fed Tim Spector

    READ: Spoon-Fed, Tim Spector

    Tim Spector is a man to trust. And his new myth-busting book Spoon-Fed will blast everything you thought you knew about the world of food.

    Out now, Vintage Publishing

  • The Secret Garden

    WATCH: The Secret Garden

    The latest film remake of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic The Secret Garden is out now, starring Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, and Julie Walters.

  • Rebecca

    WATCH: Rebecca

    Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is being brought to life once more by Netflix, starring the lovely Lily James alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes and Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer.

  • The Witches

    WATCH: The Witches

    The modern version of Roald Dahl’s The Witches will bring back childhood nightmares for 90s’ kids, starring Anne Hathaway as the gruesome Grand High Witch.

  • Life BBC

    WATCH: Life

    Prepare to shed a tear at Alison Steadman’s moving performance in new BBC drama Life, which explores the theme of loneliness through four interconnecting stories. Image credit: Instagram.

    Out now, BBC iPlayer

  • Ghosts, Dolly Alderton

    READ: Ghosts, Dolly Alderton

    Exciting news for the legions of Everything I Know About Love fans: Dolly is back – this time with a fictional novel titled Ghosts.

    Out now, Penguin Books

  • The Undoing

    WATCH: The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in the latest series from Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley. Kidman plays Grace Fraser, whose cocooned world is shattered when her husband Jonathan (Grant) goes missing on the night of a brutal murder. Image credit: Sky.

    Out now, Sky Atlantic

  • Letter To You

    WATCH: Letter to You

    Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You is a through-the-keyhole look at ‘the Boss’s’ creative process – an album of the same name is also dropping this week.

    Out now, Apple TV

  • Happy Place

    LISTEN: Happy Place, Season 8

    Fearne Cotton’s podcast Happy Place is back, featuring a fascinating conversation with extreme athlete Wim Hof, as well as a moving episode with Phillip Schofield.

  • WATCH: The Crown, Season 4

    The highly anticipated season four of The Crown will introduce us to Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin), detailing the young royal’s turbulent marriage to Prince Charles.

    Out 15 November, Netflix

  • Natural Health System

    READ: The Natural Health Service, Isabel Hardman

    Isabel Hardman’s insightful book The Natural Health Service looks at how nature helps her cope with depression and anxiety.

    Out now, Atlantic Books

  • Twenty Twenty

    LISTEN: Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture

    Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture examines pop culture from the year 2000 from the perspective of culture critics now in their 20s. Illuminating.

  • Spitting Image

    WATCH: Spitting Image

    It’s back! If you’re old enough to remember the original series, you’ll have rejoiced at the news that the bitingly funny – and so close to the bone it actually hurts – satirical series is back with a new cast of anti-heroes.

    Out now, Britbox

  • False Alarm

    READ: False Alarm, Bjorn Lomborg

    For a measured approach to the climate crisis, the recently published False Alarm by Danish scientist Bjorn Lomborg is a must-read.

    Out now, Basic Books

  • The Comey Rule

    WATCH: The Comey Rule

    Jeff Daniels is brilliant as James Comey in The Comey Rule, a four-parter based on the former FBI director’s dealings with Donald Trump.

    Out now, Amazon Prime

  • Intimations, Zadie Smith

    READ: Intimations, Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith presents short stories from a Covid era in her new essay collection Intimations.

    Out now, Penguin

  • Bringing Back The Beaver

    READ: Bringing Back the Beaver, Derek Gow

    In Bringing Back the Beaver Derek Gow explores how one farmer defied the authorities and proved them wrong.

    Out now, Chelsea Green Publishing Company

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