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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 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World

READ: The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World

Jazzwise magazine presents The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook the World, an exclusive 100-page definitive guide to the most important and influential jazz albums that have gone on to change and shape the course of the music from the 1920s to the present day.

Edited and conceived by Jazzwise‘s editor-in-chief Jon Newey, this limited edition, print-only publication is the first time a fully annotated top 100 jazz album countdown from 100 to No.1 has been published in book form. It features newly commissioned, in-depth editorial on each album from Jazzwise‘s award-winning team of writers, extensive features on the making of the top three albums, a look at the albums that almost made the cut and a guide to buying the featured titles.

Wahala Nikki May

READ: Wahala, Nikki May

Soon to be a BBC TV series, Wahala traces the lives of Ronke, Simi and Boo, three mixed-race friends carving out their futures in London. When an impossibly glamorous friend returns from the past, a heinous crime is committed that leaves the women to reckon with their past.


WATCH: Cheer, Season 2

After two years, hit Netflix show Cheer is back for a second season as coach Monica Aldama’s team gear up to compete against a major rival.


Isabel Allende Violeta

READ: Violeta, Isabel Allende

Pandemics and financial crises aren’t new phenomenons in history. Isabel Allende takes us back to 1920, exploring the life of Violeta, one that’s defined by the aftershocks of the Great War and the Spanish Flu arriving to her home in South America, before facing the Great Depression that snatches away her bourgeoise way of life. Covering two pandemics, passionate affairs, and poverty, Violeta is a must for historical fiction lovers.

Out 25 January, Bloomsbury

WATCH: The Tourist

Loved Jamie Dornan in The Fall? He’s equally compelling in new BBC thriller The Tourist, in which he plays a man who wakes up in hospital with amnesia after a car crash. Set in the Australian outback, this six-part drama will leave you on the edge of your seat until the final seconds – with a few laughs along the way too.

BBC iPlayer

To Paradise Hanya Yanagihara

READ: To Paradise

The 2022 literary calendar kicks off with one of the year’s most anticipated novels: a new release from A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara, titled To Paradise.

Pan Macmillan

The Girl Before

WATCH: The Girl Before

Our December cover star Jessica Plummer stars in the BBC’s adaptation of JP Delaney’s bestselling novel, The Girl Before.

BBC iPlayer

The Lost Daughter

WATCH: The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman is brilliant as ever in the Netflix adaptation of The Lost Daughter, the upcoming psychological drama based on Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name. She plays Leda Caruso, a middle-aged languages professor who becomes consumed with young mother Nina (Dakota Johnson) and her daughter during a working holiday in Greece.


Don't Look Up

WATCH: Don’t Look Up

A star-studded sci-fi comedy movie written and produced by Anchorman‘s Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up follows a pair of astronauts (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) who are trying to warn humanity that an asteroid is hurtling towards Earth.


READ: Call Us What We Carry

The 23-year-old poet who captured the world’s attention with her reading at President Biden’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman, is releasing a new collection, titled Call Us What We Carry.

Vintage Publishing

Emily in Paris

WATCH: Emily in Paris

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying Emily in Paris was one of the biggest shows of 2020 – and now it’s back for a second season.


Sex And The City

WATCH: And Just Like That

And just like that… Sex and the City is back, showing Carrie and the gang in their 50s. Most of the original cast members are returning, bar Kim Kattrall, who played Samantha.

Sky Comedy and NOW

My Body, Emily Ratajkowski

READ: My Body, Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski takes control of her own story in My Body, a collection of essays about sexual politics, modelling, gender and feminism.




Your autumn guilty pleasure has arrived: season three of You, which sees Joe (Penn Badgley) and Love (Victoria Pedretti) attempting to navigate parenthood. Expect a rollercoaster of twists and turns with a whole lot of gore.


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

Adam Driver and Lady Gagga in House of Gucci

WATCH: House of Gucci

Lady Gaga returns to the big screen in House of Gucci, Ridley Scott’s new film about the ascent and assassination of Maurizio Gucci, former boss of the Italian fashion house.

Out now

The Travel Diaries

LISTEN: The Travel Diaries

The sixth season of Holly Rubenstein’s podcast, The Travel Diaries, is out now. Hear stories from Stanley Tucci, Bill Bailey, Giovanna Fletcher and more.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.


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 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.

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

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