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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 Week


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  • 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.

    13 August, 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.

    Coming soon to 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.


  • Lupin

    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).


  • Time

    WATCH: Time

    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.

    BBC One

    Image: BBC Pictures

  • Finding Natasha

    LISTEN: Finding Natasha

    In the early 70s, things took a deadly turn for a young ballet dancer named Debbie Gayle while training at Russia’s finest royal ballet school – but a young woman named Natasha saved her life. In a new podcast, Gayle’s son sets out to reunite the two.

    Apple Podcasts

  • 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

  • Cruella

    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

  • 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

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