Is Halloween Cancelled? | KNOW IT ALL | Netflix

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Axed: Mindhunter

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Mindhunter executive producer David Fincher has confirmed a third season of the show is not proceeding at Netflix – at least for now.

There has been speculation about the show’s future after options on cast members Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv expired earlier this year.

In an interview with Vulture, Fincher said at the beginning of season 2 he “ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn’t like any of it, so we tossed it and started over.” He then promoted AD Courtenay Miles to co-showrunner, but said, “It absorbs everything in your life. When I got done, I was pretty exhausted, and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season three.’”

At the time the cast options expired, Fincher was focused on directing upcoming film Mank and on producing the second season of Love, Death and Robots.

“Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was a very expensive show,” Fincher continued. “We talked about, ‘Finish Mank and then see how you feel,’ but I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did season two. And on some level, you have to be realistic — dollars have to equal eyeballs.”

A Netflix spokesperson did not rule out a future, advising “Maybe in five years.”

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Writer, Gary Goldstein on Lifetime’s Forever Christmas and the Booming Holiday Movie Biz

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Lifetime has snagged the rights to a movie based on a book by Ruth Clampett, titled Mr. 365.

As part of their It’s a Wonderful Lifetime celebration, Forever Christmas airs on Sunday, October 25 at 8/7c.

My friend, Gary Goldstein, optioned Ruth’s book for adaptation, and he jumped on the phone with me to chat about getting the word out for more people to check out his delightful, feel-good film.

Mr. 365 Has Fans

Like most everybody else in the industry, Gary has seen some of his work shrivel up, but he’s not necessarily complaining. He’s had time to catch up on television, a pleasure that, with his busy schedule, isn’t always an option.

Gary is also taking comfort in the fact that the business aspect of the TV movie business is back in action. “My work life is not so incredibly different. It’s just the interaction part of it is different. Certainly in the film and TV world, production is down, so that has really impacted so much of selling things and pitching things and things getting made.

“They’re shooting a lot of Christmas movies in Canada and a lot of other stuff up there, and here, too. It’s just the whole process is so much more different. They have to quarantine for two weeks. It’s just really tough. But yeah, little by little, they’re finding ways.”

Still, he feels the world may not ever return to normal. “They’re finding ways to make things happen as if this is how it’s going to be for a long time, which is not that encouraging.”

Gary Goldstein

Using his time wisely isn’t a problem for Gary, who got busy writing with all of the free time he discovered. “It’s been a really productive time, weirdly. I wrote a novel actually. I wrote my first novel.

“I’ve been writing for a long time, and I’ve always wanted to write a novel. And I’ve never had the time. I’ve never wanted to take the time. And I just decided to do it. And I actually started it before the pandemic. I started it right after the first of the year and finished it in like July. And that was a great process. I really enjoyed doing it.”

He’s also got a lot of other irons in the fire.

“I wrote a new half hour TV pilot, like a single camera very dark comedy called Correspondent about a foreign correspondent that I’m trying to get out there now. And I’ve been pitching a lot of stuff.

“I’ve been pitching through producers a bunch of different Christmas movies for Hallmark and Lifetime and elsewhere. They’re still dealing with Christmas 2020, but they’re all taking pitches and trying to put a slate together for 2021 because these Christmas movies have really become a priority for these networks and other networks.”

Sophia Likes What She Sees

There is no doubt that Christmas movies are a booming business, and that suits Gary just fine, as he’s a big fan of writing them.

“It’s been interesting, even in the Christmas movie world, to see how that has expanded over the years that I’ve been writing them and how much more a part of the universe they are and how much more respected they are. They’re not a guilty pleasure. They’re a pleasure.”

“And that’s changed. And then to see how it’s been proven a good business model. And so, once again, just as Hallmark, Lifetime, etc., have branched into streaming, the holiday movie business model has also gone to Netflix in a serious way.

“I don’t know if Amazon does any. I don’t think they do, but I’m sure eventually they will, HBO Max I’m sure will. I mean, all these places that need programming and want to try to broaden their programming will get involved.”

As they say this time of year, the more the merrier!

Romance Blossoms Between Sophia and Will

“Also on the Christmas front,” Gary said, “I did this very interesting Christmas movie seminar, webinar actually, at the end of May with about six other Christmas TV movie writers. I moderated this webinar, and we had a lot of response to it, and it was really fun.

“It was really all about how you write these movies, what the market is for the movies, where the ideas come from, the evolution of them. The whole thing was very, very interesting. It was actually recorded. The person who put the whole thing together recorded it. It was a Zoom thing.

“They recorded it, and ultimately have made it available for sale, and it’s gotten a lot of nice attention. And I’ve heard from so many people who saw the webinar with followup questions about Christmas movies. It was another way of you just see the interest in it. We probably had 500 or so RSVPs for this webinar.”

Gary finds the building interest in Christmas movies quite interesting, in addition to being a benefit to his livlihood. “Now people watch a lot of them, and Christmas is something that so many people relate to, have been through in one way or another.

Will and Romeo Greet Sophia

“It becomes something that people, particularly first-time writers say, ‘Well, I’m going to take a crack at this because I want to write something. I know how to write something, and I want something that I think there’s a market for.’

“So, this webinar that we did, I was kind of surprised at the popularity of it. I knew it would be fun, but I didn’t realize it would be as popular as it was. And hopefully, we’ll do it again, but there’s a tremendous amount of interest in the whole topic, which obviously is reflected in the fact that there are hundreds of them made every year.”

Speaking of Christmas movies, we’re promoting Forever Christmas in the hopes that you’ll take a peek when it airs tonight on Lifetime. It’s the story of a man who lives Christmas year around and the woman who wants to put him on TV.

Originally, the movie aired on PassionFlix, a streaming service marketed to women as Mr. 365. At the time, Gary said, “I thought it was a really fun story with great characters, but I especially liked the whole reality TV aspect, which was an arena I’d never seen in a Christmas movie.

“I felt that element, along with the Christmas-every-day idea, could make it a different kind of holiday movie, yet it still had all the charming, romantic, Christmassy things that make these films work.”

First Meeting with Mr. 365

Renaming it Forever Christmas for Lifetime was easy since it was originally marketed to the international audience under that name.

The book that Ruth Clampett wrote is, as Gary puts it, “a little steamier than your typical Christmas movie.” making it a good fit for Lifetime.

“There’s definitely a little more going on there than there usually is and with these two very attractive stars. Chelsea Hobbs is the lead, and Chris Russell is her co-star in it. They really were perfect for the parts.”

“Then when they did the version for international TV, I think it was maybe … It’s the version that’s being shown on Lifetime. It’s maybe a couple of minutes shorter just for the time slot, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same.”

When I originally spoke with Gary about the film he had this to say about working with Russell and Hobbs. “They were great choices: perfectly cast and really talented. They’re also both super attractive but, I think, in a very real and accessible way.

Chelsea Hobbs and Christopher Russell on Forever Christmas

“So, as much as viewers may be drawn to them, it’s also totally believable that the characters would be so into each other. Much of that also has to do with Chris and Chelsea’s kind of natural chemistry. That’s not always the case in these movies. We were lucky.”

While is has aired previously around the world, Gary is thrilled for his film to become a part of It’s a Wonderful Lifetime.

“What’s exciting about it is that really way more people are going to be able to see it now or be exposed to it. It’s a fun movie, and I think it’s become even more timely now. It’s all about reality TV.

“And as popular as that was when the book it was based on was written and then when Mr. 365 was first made two years ago, reality got bigger after the Tiger King and all this stuff. It just seems even more in the zeitgeist than it was then. So yeah, I was exited to see that they did it, and I’m just trying to help get the word out on it and get more eyeballs for it.”

So what do you say, TV Fanatics? Does a steamier Christmas romance sound good to you?

If you’re interested in purchasing the webinar on how to write Christmas movies for $24, please email me, and I’ll share the details with you.

Until then, be sure you tune into Lifetime tonight at 8/9c to watch Forever Christmas.

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27+ of the Best Female Detective Shows of British TV (& Beyond)

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The Best British TV Female Detective Series

To keep this list from getting truly insane, we’ve only included those shows where one or more female detectives are the primary focus, or where a female detective gets roughly equal screen time and billing when compared to her male co-lead. That means we’ve left off some great characters like Shirley Trewlove on Endeavour or DS Barbara Havers in Inspector Lynley Mysteries. They’re great female characters, but the shows themselves are named for the guys. They’re not “Lynley & Havers” or “The Inspector Havers Mysteries” or “Trewlove“, after all. 

 

Miss Marple

Agatha Christie’s Marple pops up on BritBox in August

Given that Miss Marple is basically the original female detective series, we couldn’t make this list without including her. Whether you prefer Geraldine McEwan, Joan Hickson, Julia McKenzie, or any of the many Miss Marples from film adaptations, you know she’s a deceptively strong character who always gets her man (or woman, in some cases).

Watch it: Joan Hickson | Geraldine McEwan & Julia McKenzie

 

Scott & Bailey

Scott & Bailey.

This series follows the personal and professional lives of a couple of female detectives working in Manchester, England. Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones star as the titular detectives, both of whom excel at their career in spite of challenging and complicated personal lives.

Watch it: Prime

 

Vera

Brenda Blethyn, 74, plays DCI Vera Stanhope in the enormously popular series Vera

Vera is based on the books of Ann Cleeves, and the series follows DCI Vera Stanhope as she works obsessively for the Northumberland & City Police. With 10 seasons already available and an 11th in the works, there’s no shortage of episodes to enjoy if you like her style.

Watch it HERE

 

Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect streams on BritBox

Helen Mirren stars as Detective Jane Tennison in this series about a woman making her way through the ranks of the police force in a time when sexism was a given. Watch it HERE

There’s also a prequel, Prime Suspect: Tennison, which you can watch HERE

 

Agatha Raisin

Agatha Raisin in As the Pig Turns

After an early retirement from her PR career in London, Agatha Raisin buys a lovely Cotswold cottage and retires to the village of Carsley. It doesn’t take long before she’s mixing with the locals – and a variety of murders. Once canceled, Acorn TV brought this one back from the grave, creating Seasons 3, 4, and an upcoming 4 (delayed due to the pandemic). Stream it HERE

 

Hetty Wainthropp

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

After a lifetime of handling domestic duties for her family, a plucky pensioner teams up with her husband and a troubled teen as she solves a variety of interesting mysteries around her Lancashire home. Stars Patricia Routledge of Keeping Up Appearances. Stream it HERE | DVD

 

Shakespeare & Hathaway

Shakespeare & Hathaway

Set in Stratford-upon-Avon, this light detective series follows ex-DI Frank Hathaway and his investigating partner, former hairdresser Luella Shakespeare. Though she has no formal experience in detective work, Luella holds her own, often using her less-than-traditional knowledge base to make crucial connections.

There are three seasons of ten episodes, with at least one more season in the works.

Watch it HERE

 

Happy Valley

Happy Valley 

Sarah Lancashire stars as Catherine Cawood, a Yorkshire police sergeant in a downtrodden northern town where drugs and teenage pregnancy are commonplace. She’s the sort of woman who just gets on with things…until her life is flipped upside down by the release of a man who may have killed her daughter.

Watch it HERE 

 

Blue Murder

Blue Murder

Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Men Behaving Badly) stars in this series about a single mother of four who struggles to balance her demanding career as a DCI with the challenges of raising a family while her ex-husband has moved on to a new family. 

Watch it HERE with ads or HERE with BritBox

 

Queens of Mystery

Queens of Mystery is delightful…

This relatively new series from Acorn TV flips the cosy convention on its head, putting the focus squarely on a young police detective – but it’s her meddling, crime-solving, mystery-writing aunts who give it the cozy, amateur-detective feel. It’s a fun new series and with any luck, we’ll be seeing more seasons. Stream it HERE

 

No Offence

No Offence

Joanna Scanlon stars as DI Viv Deering in this highly colourful Manchester-based detective series. She’s blunt but effective, and heads up a female-centric team tracking down some of the worst characters in the city. The show lasted for 3 seasons before getting the axe. Creator Paul Abbott *did* lay the groundwork for a fourth season, though, so perhaps we’ll get lucky and someone will bring it back.

Watch it HERE

 

Bancroft

Bancroft 

I can’t say she’s a positive role model, but DCS Elizabeth Bancroft is certainly an interesting female detective – and the show itself is immensely watchable. In Series 1, DCS Bancroft finds out her colleague, DS Katherine Stevens, was given a cold case that threatens to dredge up some of her own dark secrets.  Sarah Parish (Trollied) stars as DCS Bancroft.

Watch it HERE

 

Black Work

Black Work. ITV. 2015.

When her detective husband is killed in an abandoned warehouse, Police Constable Jo Gillespie is shocked to learn he had been working undercover. While trying to stay strong for her family, she begins her own investigation into how well she actually knew her husband. Sheridan Smith (Gavin & Stacey) stars. 

Watch it HERE

 

The Bletchley Circle

The Bletchley Circle 

World War II was perhaps the first time in history when the UK started to make good use of their female talent. Perhaps most notably, a variety of intelligent women were trained as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. Sadly, their talents were no longer needed or respected in the years immediately following the war, and many of those women found themselves bored and in need of a challenge. In Bletchley Circle, four former Bletchley codebreakers team up to solve vexing local crimes, despite the fact that the men in charge would rather they not.  Stream it HERE

There was also a later series set in San Francisco, but it’s a far cry from the original. It actually manages to get more 1-star reviews than 5-star reviews on Amazon. You can watch it HERE

 

Murder in Suburbia

Murder in Suburbia

Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) and Lisa Faulkner () star in this mismatched pair of detectives – one posh and brainy, the other working class and more instinctive. 

Unfortunately, the one recently disappeared from streaming services, but you can get it on DVD HERE.

 

Rosemary & Thyme

Rosemary & Thyme

Laura Thyme and Rosemary Boxer are two women at a crossroads. Both middle-aged, one has been sacked from her university job, and the other has been sacked by her husband. They create a gardening business together, but murder seems to follow them. It’s a lovely, light-hearted series with gorgeous scenery. Stream it HERE

 

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Diana Rigg stars as Mrs. Bradley, a slightly edgier version of Miss Marple who solves mysteries alongside her devoted chaffeur. Stream it HERE

 

McDonald & Dodds

Jason Watkins & Tala Gouvela star in McDonald & Dodds

Newcomer Tala Gouvela co-stars alongside the ultra-talented Jason Watkins in this fun, light mystery series about an odd couple detective team. She’s a street-smart, driven Londoner and he’s a mild-mannered but incredibly clever long-time Bath detective. Though Series 1 had just two feature-length episode, rest assured – there’s another series in the works.

Watch it HERE

 

Marcella

Marcella

Anna Friel stars as DS Marcella Backland, a woman suffering from blackouts after her marriage ends. When someone close to her ex is murdered, she worries she might have been involved.

Watch it HERE or on Netflix

 

Broadchurch

Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.

David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Olivia Colman (Rev) star in this small-town coastal mystery about the investigation into the murder of a young local boy. While Colman isn’t the main star, she gets her fair share of screen time and great moments.

The series was filmed along the Dorset coast, and you can read more about Broadchurch filming locations here

Watch it: Streaming: Netflix or Amazon | DVD

 

The Fall

The Fall Premieres on BritBox in July 2020

Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars in this series about a determined detective superintendent on the trail of a vicious, seemingly random serial killer in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Watch it HERE

 

The Bay

The Bay

Morven Christie (Grantchester) plays DS Lisa Armstrong, a family liaison officer who discovers she has a personal connection to a missing persons case. This 2019 mystery is set around Morecambe Bay, and it’s been renewed for a second series (no word on release date yet). 

Watch itStreaming | DVD

 

Jemima Shore Investigates

Jemima Shore Investigates

This fun series sees Patricia Hodge (Miranda) starring as an investigative journalist, TV presenter, and occasional amateur sleuth. Throughout the series, she uses her skills and high-class connections to solve cases that would elude others. It’s based on the novels of Antonia Fraser, and it features some early performances from actors like Tom Baker, Brian Cox, and Bill Nighy. 

This one’s not streaming, but if you have a region-free DVD player, you can get it HERE

 

Mallorca Files

The Mallorca Files

This light mystery is a bit like Death in Paradise in that it plants an awkward British detective in a laidback island setting. Miranda Blake (Elen Rhys) teams up with German detective Max Winter (Julian Looman) to solve crimes on the island of Mallorca. 

Though perhaps not the most brilliant, memorable detective series ever made, it’s a nice light mystery with a bit of action and some great scenery. Miranda Blake is a competent, but also very human and flawed detective, and the odd-couple pairing leaves plenty of room for both to grow and change as the series continues into a second season.

Watch itStreaming | DVD

 

The Coroner

The Coroner

This daytime drama follows a coroner working alongside her one-time childhood sweetheart in a coastal town in south Devon. Though she’s not technically a detective, her work certainly helps to solve cases. Claire Goose (Casualty) and Matt Bardock (Casualty) star.

Watch itStreaming | DVD

 

Life of Crime

Life of Crime

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) stars as Denise Woods in this unique crime drama set over the course of three decades. In the beginning, it’s 1985 and she’s an idealistic rookie cop obsessed with tracking down a killer. Episode 2 finds us in 1997, and 3 goes to 2013, where she’s finally able to put the case to bed for good.

 

In the Dark

In the Dark

This four-part crime drama is based on two Mark Billingham novels, Time of Death and In the Dark. It follows detective Helen Weeks (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street) after she finds out she’s pregnant and gets involved in a case with some very personal connections. In the second series, she’s further along in her pregnancy and pursuing a case in urban Manchester.

Watch it HERE

 

Chandler & Co

Chandler & Co

Back in the mid-90s, this series ran for two seasons, following the exploits of a couple women who woke up one day and decided to start a detective agency. One woman is recently divorced and more than a little angry, while the other is a housewife looking for an escape from the mundane. Barbara Flynn and Catherine Russell star, and Peter Capaldi appears as an ex-PI who helps show them the ropes.

Get it HERE

 

Wilde Alliance

Wilde Alliance

This vintage ITV series from the 1970s follows Ruper and Amy Wilde, a husband-and-wife amateur detective team. Husband Rupert is a novelist, and the pair live in an enormous Yorkshire mansion, occasionally venturing out to solve cases together. 

Julia Foster and John Stride starred. You won’t find this one streaming at the moment, but you can get it on DVD HERE if you have a region-free DVD player.

 

From the Commonwealth

These female detective series may not be British, but we think they’ll appeal to anyone who enjoys British mysteries.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

In 1920s Melbourne, Phryne Fisher stands out. She’s a uniquely modern woman who never lets her gender get in the way of a good time – or solving a murder. Stream it HERE

 

Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries

In this Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries spin-off, Phryne Fisher’s long-lost niece Peregrine follows in her aunt’s footsteps after her mysterious disappearance. Stream it HERE

 

Frankie Drake Mysteries

Frankie Drake Mysteries

This fun, light series is sort of like a lighter, campier Canadian version of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. The series follows Frankie Drake, a Toronto woman with her own PI firm, along with her trusty partner Trudy Clarke. 

Watch it HERE

 

My Life is Murder

My Life is Murder 

Lucy Lawless stars as retired detective Alexa Crowe, a woman recovering from tragedy and occasionally helping out the local police. Stream it HERE

 

Dead Lucky

Dead Lucky 

Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) stars in this Australian thriller about a detective obsessed with catching the man who killer her partner. At the same time, she’s been reluctantly paired up with a new trainee who blames her for his best friend’s death. 

So far, we’ve not heard anything on a second series.

Watch it HERE

 

What’s Your Favourite Female-Driven Detective Series?

For us, it’s all about the retro cosy mysteries – Hetty Wainthropp and Rosemary & Thyme. That’s not to say we don’t enjoy some of the newer or grittier shows, but they just don’t make’em like they used to. 

What’s your favourite female detective series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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Unsolved Mysteries Season 2: Ghosts, DNA, and Missing Children

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Unsolved Mysteries has returned with another short, six-episode season on Netflix.  Why they just don’t do one twelve-episode season is still a mystery, but the good news is this second season is just as good as the first, which to say, quite good.

There’s a strong mix of true stories, ranging from who murdered a U. S. government official to whether a woman whose death was ruled as a suicide was in fact murdered.  But I’ll just say a few words about my three favorite episodes:

  • Tsunami Spirits is the closest these six episodes come to science fiction, or maybe fantasy, as in life after death.  But this ghost story almost could be a serious piece on the anthropology of how people in a community deal with a mass death.   In this case, it’s a town in Japan hit by a tsunami, leaving many of the survivors with the feeling that spirits of the departed were still at hand, and communicating with the living.  The priest interviewed for this episode was especially instructive and memorable in his thoughts and comments.  He was and is determined to take these survivors’ stories of interacting with the dead seriously, even though that might go against the specific tenets of his religion.
  • A Death in Oslo tells the story of a woman who checks into a posh hotel, only to be found dead in her room of a gunshot to her head a few days later.  The gun’s at hand, but seems in the wrong place for the suicide that this death is initially thought to be.  The woman’s identity is not known — in retrospect, her check-in was suspicious — and the people who investigate, especially a guy who has devoted decades of his life to finding her, realize their first job is to identify her.  They do, eventually, get her DNA.  And there the story ends.  My question:  wouldn’t 23andMe and like-DNA family tracers be helpful in locating this woman’s relatives?  (See my review of Sergio Pistoi’s DNA Nation for more.)
  • Stolen Kids is a story of just what it sounds like, and heartbreaking.  Two unrelated tots around the age of two are kidnapped just a few months apart from the same park in Harlem, NYC.  That happened decades ago, and age progression images are the best hope the police and the families now have of reuniting with their now-adult sons.  The episode ends with a whole series of age-progression images of little kids who were kidnapped.  I hope that helps get some of those families reunited.

In the original Unsolved Mysteries, one of the best parts was when, after an episode, we got an update on mysteries that were solved.  I’m looking forward to the next season of Unsolved Mysteries, and hoping we see at least one or two happy resolutions, or at least resolutions of some kind.

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TV tonight: our highlights for Sunday 25th October

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Piers Morgan’s Life Stories is just one of the gems on today…

TV tonight Piers Morgan's Life Stories

Piers Morgan talks to Sir Cliff Richard, Channel 5 shows the definitive documentary ABBA: In Their Own Words, and there’s more mystery surrounding Peter Laurence in drama Roadkill. Here’s what you shouldn’t be missing on TV tonight. 

  • Our hand-selected recommendations for what’s on TV tonight include three TV shows, a film, live sport and the latest trending need-to-binge-on-now box set 
  • For more information about what’s on TV tonight see our TV Guide 

What’s on TV tonight 

Our expert TV journalists have picked the best things on TV tonight… 

Best TV shows on TV tonight

ABBA: In Their Own Words, 9pm, Channel 5

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen Mamma Mia!? One in four households own the DVD, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was the second-highest grossing film of 2018. So it’s safe to say the music of Abba is still popular decades after they won Eurovision in 1974. This documentary produced by Judy Craymer, who first brought Mamma Mia! to the stage, reminds us why we love Abba, with interviews and rare footage. A 1979 Wembley concert follows. 

★★★ LP

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, 9pm, ITV

Long before Piers Morgan was born, Sir Cliff Richard was already a hugely successful pop star! So the GMB presenter will have plenty of ground to cover as Cliff appears on his interview show. Since Cliff has just turned 80, one of the questions will surely be how he has sustained such a long career (he was the first singer to have UK No 1s in five consecutive decades) and stayed so youthful. He’s still going strong, and if not for the pandemic, Cliff would have been performing on his postponed Great 80 live tour! 

★★★★ IM

Roadkill, 9pm, BBC1

TV tonight Roadkill

Just what is Peter Laurence up to?

Dawn Ellison (Helen McCrory) kept Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie) in her cabinet to harness his popularity, but it’s soon clear the new Justice Secretary is proving harder to control than the PM anticipated. Laurence makes an inflammatory speech about dramatic reforms to the British prison system, but that’s not the only storm on the horizon as this intriguing yarn begins to take shape. Rumours of the MP’s mysterious visit to Shephill Women’s Prison are beginning to spread and sacked journalist Charmian Pepper has travelled to America to dig up dirt on him, but will she find anyone willing to go on the record? 

★★★★ SMA

Best box set to watch on TV tonight

Desperate Housewives, seasons one to eight, Amazon Prime Video

TV tonight Desperate Housewives

The residents of Wisteria Lane

Those who loved Why Women Kill will want to watch (or rewatch) this comedy drama from its creator Marc Cherry, starring Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria. It opens with the shocking suicide of one of the wives on Wisteria Lane.

Best film to watch on TV tonight

Rebecca, Netflix

TV tonight Rebecca

Armie Hammer and Lily James sizzle as Maxim and Mrs de Winter

Whether or not you are familiar with Dame Daphne du Maurier’s terrifying 1938 thriller, this adaptation is a real treat. Lily James shows vulnerability and steel as the young heroine who marries widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer). But their life together at Maxim’s home, Manderley, is tainted by memories of his dead first wife, Rebecca. Dame Kristin Scott Thomas steals every scene as the chilling housekeeper Mrs Danvers, and look out for Keeley Hawes as Maxim’s gung-ho sister, Beatrice. 

Live sport

  • Motorsport: Portuguese Grand Prix 11.30am (start time 1.10pm), Sky Sports F1/NOW TV (highlights, 6.30pm, C4)
  • Rigby Union: England v Barbarians 1pm (k-o 2pm), Sky Sports Arena/Sky Sports Mix/NOW TV 

If you watch just one thing on TV tonight… 

Don’t miss Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on TV tonight – Piers probes the Peter Pan of Pop

Not found anything you want to watch on TV tonight? Check out our TV Guide.   

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What to Watch: The Undoing, This Is Us, Christmas Movies Galore!

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Tis the season!

We’re not even to Halloween yet, but you can toss it and Thanksgiving right out the window because Christmas is here! Fa la la la la la and all that. We’re not even going to pretend that we think it’s too early for Christmas. In 2020, I can think of nothing better than escaping for the holidays.

Oh yeah, and The Undoing premieres, This Is Us returns, The Mandalorian takes another swing at the Star Wars universe and a whole lot more!

WTW October 24

Saturday, October 24

8/7c Jingle Bell Bride (Hallmark)

Julia Gonzalo stars in Jingle Bell Bride as a wedding planner named Jessica Perez, who travels to a remote town in Alaska.

She’s searching for a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas.

In addition to being charmed by the small town, she’s also delighted with the handsome local helping her (Ronnie Rowe Jr.). It sounds like she might find a lot more than the flower she’s seeking!

8/7c Christmas Unwrapped (Lifetime)

Did you see our Christmas Unwrapped exclusive clip? If so, then you are already planning on watching this Christmas movie from Tiffany Haddish.

Amber Stevens West plays Charity, an ambitious reporter, who learns the true meaning of Christmas when she investigates Erik Gallagher (Marco Grazzini).

Erik is a beloved member of the town know to provide gifts to the locals but swears that the gifts are coming from Santa himself!

9/8c Christmas Tree Lane (HMM)

Christmas Tree Lane is a beautiful movie starring Alicia Witt and Andrew Walker, two people who find their way into each other’s hearts for their love of Christmas and tradition.

Of course, when the Lane is up for sale, Meg and Nate find out they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Can they work together to save a beloved part of town or will their individual interests tear them apart before they even begin?

Days of Our Lives Drake Hogestyn costars.

Sunday, October 25

8/7c Forever Christmas (Lifetime)

My friend Gary Goldstein wrote this fun film after optioning Ruth Clampett’s novel, Mr. 365.

If you’re a member of Passion Flix, you might have already seen Mr. 365 under that title. If not, then you’re in for a treat!

Gary really loves what he does, and it’s obvious in this fun movie about a man named Will (Christopher Russell), who finds himself an instant celebrity when journalist, Sophia (Chelsea Hobbs) wants to feature the Christmas-loving man on a reality TV program.

If there’s one thing we know about 2020, it’s that the idea of Christmas being forever, 365 days a year, is right up our alley!

We chatted with Gary again to promote the movie, and you can find that conversation on TV Fanatic on Sunday.

8/7c Chateau Christmas (Hallmark)

Merritt Patterson and Luke MacFarlane star in Chateau Christmas as Margot and Jackson.

Margo is a world-renowned pianist, who returns to Chateau Neuhaus to spend the holiday with her family and rediscover her passion for music after some bad reviews.

Bumping into her former bandmate and ex-boyfriend is likely to inspire her love of music and a whole lot more when Jackson convinces her to headline the annual Christmas concert.

All kinds of feelings will come rushing back for both of them!

9/8c The Undoing (HBO)

Powerhouse actors Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star as Grace and Jonathan Fraser, living happily together, raising their son, exactly as they always wanted.

But after an acquaintance of Grace’s is murdered in horrific fashion, Grace finds herself stunned at how quickly her life has changed.

Grace is forced to question everything she thought she knew to remain on her feet and hold the course for her family in this mystery from Emmy winners Susanne Bier and David E. Kelley.

We’ll be covering this one weekly, so be sure to return Sunday night after the premiere for a full review.

9/8c Deliver by Christmas (HMM)

Eion Bailey and Alvina August star in this movie about a bakery owner and a widower.

When widower, Josh, moves to town with his young son, Molly has no idea she’s about to cross paths with him.

It turns out that the mysterious client she’s never met in person and the handsome widower are the same person!

Monday, October 26

The Creepshow Halloween Special (Shudder)

This is a treat! Creepshow drops a fully animated special on Shudder just in time for Halloween.

Directed by Greg Nicotero and based on stories by Stephen King and Joe Hill, this special stars Keifer Sutherland and Joey King!

“Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Sutherland as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost.

“Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars King as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth.

Temple (Spectrum)

If you’re one of the few, the elite that is a Spectrum subscriber, then you’re going to get a crack at a new-to-the-US series starring Mark Strong.

In this character-driven drama, a brilliant but haunted surgeon must sacrifice everything for the ones he loves by opening an underground clinic.

As word of the clinic starts to spread amongst outcasts and the criminal underworld, our hero becomes entrenched in dangerous battles between life and death — and one for his very soul.

Tuesday, October 27

The Dakota Entrapment Tapes (Sundance Now)

In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don’t lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later.

What Andrew’s friends and family didn’t know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force that had been secretly operating for years.

As details of Andrew’s double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels.

Following the Sadek family’s fight for the truth about how their son was killed, The Dakota Entrapment Tapes skillfully uncovers the forces at play in his death and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs, on a college campus that didn’t have a drug problem.

9/8c This Is Us (NBC)

It’s the Season 5 Premiere!

This Is Us returns after the blow-out fight between Kevin and Randall that ended This Is Us Season 4.

Will the brothers come face to face? Is the treatment that Randall strong-armed Rebecca into actually working? And how will the family react, especially Kate, when she learns that her brother is having twins with her best friend?

It’s also the Big Three’s 40th birthday. Will it be a celebration or devolve into yet another disaster? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Wednesday, October 28

Holidate (Netflix)

Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates.

But when these two strangers meet during one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year.

With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they become each other’s perfect plus-one which leads to some hilarious and provocative hijinks.

However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.

Let’s be honest. We’ve seen this premise so many time, but it never grows old. Get ready to enjoy some holidates with Sloane and Jackson!

9/8c The Conners (ABC)

The Conner family has always gone all out for Halloween, and despite Lanford canceling the holiday due to the risks of the coronavirus, we expect nothing less from this year.

Who will have the most outrageous costume? Will they manage to remain socially distant while giving out unsanctioned treats?

Michael Fishman, who stars as D.J. Conner, makes his directorial debut and we’re curious to see his vision for this year’s Conner Halloween.

Thursday, October 29

8/7c Superstore (NBC)

How will Superstore tackle coronavirus while also saying goodbye to Amy?

Well, it appears we’re going to find out, as the season premiere finds Amy and Jonah trying to bring some order to the Cloud 9 chaos after the virus hits.

Oh, joy?

10/9c Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 (CBS)

Two words. HARRY. MUDD.

If Sarek hasn’t sold you yet on the Star Trek pedigree of the newest series in this franchise, the introduction of Harry Fenton Mudd, the most impressive and incorrigible con-man of the 23rd Century is sure to do the job.

Brought back to our screens by none other than Rainn Wilson, Mudd is hanging out on a Klingon prison ship when Lorca is captured. Sign on this week and see how it turns out for the bad penny that never goes astray for long.

Oh yeah, and there’s this guy, Ash Tyler, too. Meh.

11/10c Deutschland 89 (Sundance)

The Deutschland saga comes to an end with 89, and it looks like there are some big, historical moments on tap.

How will Martin Rauch deal with the consequences of his actions in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall?

While everyone else revels in the enormity of the situation, Martin’s world will be thrown into turmoil. Check out the trailer for the third and final season.

Friday, October 30

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

The first hit from Disney+ returns!

We have absolutely no idea what to expect, but we’re pretty thrilled to have something to look forward to with our favorite universe.

Here’s a special look at the second season.

Truth Seekers (Prime Video)

This is what you need as you roll into Halloween!

Truth Seekers is called a supernatural comedy drama series, so you know that no matter what kind of programming you enjoy, you’ll find something to like here.

Take a look at the trailer, and if you’re feeling excited, grab a group of friends and visit the Truth Seekers escape room!

Source: TVfanatic.com

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The Prom | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix

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Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winnerJames Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers. Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose). When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.

Directed by Ryan Murphy, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin.

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Paranormal | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Refaat Ismail, a cynical hematology professor with a dark sense of humor, has his world turned upside down and his lifelong scientific convictions questioned after he begins to experience paranormal activities. Along with his university colleague Maggie, they enter the paranormal world and try to save their loved ones from the immense danger that surrounds them. The story is based on the best selling thriller novel series with the same name by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.

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Unsolved Mysteries 5-Hour Theme Song | Netflix

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Enjoy your 5 hours of your favorite creepy theme song. Look closely
and you may find a clue…

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Suspicious deaths, missing children, encounters with spirits and other true-life tales unfold in a new collection of unsolved mysteries.

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