The 10 best TV shows to watch this week, from The Crown to I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!


Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me

Friday, November 4, Apple TV+

Selena Gomez (Photo: Apple)

Selena Gomez is one of the most famous women in the world, but being a pop star and an actor comes with its own set of challenges. Over the past six years, Gomez has learned to live with depression and anxiety as well as her diagnosis of lupus. This raw and intimate documentary follows her journey towards self-acceptance and sees her come to terms with her exhausting experience as a child actress.

queens for the night

Saturday November 5, 8:30 p.m., ITV

Rob Beckett, Courtney Act, Lorraine Kelly, Melanie C and Layton Williams (Photo: Tuesday’s Child/Nicky Johnston/ITV)

Thanks to RuPaul, drag queens are now a staple of British entertainment. This lively one-off show sees Blu Hydrangea, The Voice and others turn a group of male celebrities into drag queens for a night, including Corrie’s Simon Gregson and Union singer J George Shelley. Mel C, Rob Beckett, Courtney Act and Everybody’s talking about Jamie Star Layton Williams is on the jury, while Lorraine Kelly is the host.

The Haçienda: the club that shook Britain

Saturday November 5, 10:15 p.m., BBC Two

Shaun Ryder, lead singer of Happy Mondays (Photo: BBC/Wise Owl Films/M Dury)

It’s 40 years since the iconic ‘Madchester’ club opened its doors (and 25 since it ran out of money and closed forever). Through newly discovered archival footage, this film brings the Haçienda’s golden age to life and reveals some of the secret stories that, until now, have remained untold. Original New Order members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, who partly funded the venture, are on hand to tell their side of the story, along with punters Noel Gallagher and Shaun Ryder.

Dangerous Liaisons

Sunday, November 6, Lionsgate+

Alice Englert as Camille Lesley Manville as Geneviève de Merteuil (Photo: Dusan Martincek)

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 18th-century novel gets another adaptation, acting as a prelude and telling the love story of French aristocrats Marquise de Merteuil (Alice Englert) and Viscount de Valmont (Nicholas Denton). The couple met as peasants on the eve of the revolution and vowed to help (and use) each other to climb the highest ladder of society.

I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!

Sunday November 6, 9 p.m., ITV

Mike Tindall MBE, Owen Warner, Olivia Attwood, Charlene White, Boy George, Chantelle Douglas, Sue Cleaver, Chris Moyles, Babatunde Aleshé and Jill Scott MBE (Photo: Lifted Entertainment/Joel Anderson/ITV)

With the news that former Health Secretary and (at least at the time of this writing) MP Matt Hancock has joined this year’s lineup could get more people tuning into this year’s show . That’s what ITV hopes anyway, as Ant and Dec welcome back from Australia after a two-year freeze at a Welsh castle. Additionally, Mike Tindall is the first royal to take part.

black sands

Sunday, November 6, 10 p.m., Alibi

Aldis Amah Hamilton as Anita (Photo: Juliette Rowland/UKTV)

Having entertained Icelandic viewers enough to warrant a second series, this foreign-language thriller is Alibi’s first black Nordic acquisition. Aldís Amah Hamilton plays Anita, a detective who returns to the hometown she left 14 years earlier in hopes of repairing her relationship with her mother. But when a young woman is murdered, she finds herself spending more time searching for a killer.

Mariupol: the history of the people

Tuesday 8 November, 9 p.m., BBC One

Damaged buildings in Mariupol (Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

The Ukrainian city of Mariupol has become synonymous with war and destruction over the past year, but before the Russian invasion it was a bustling and exciting place to live. Filmed by locals, this special Panorama provides insight into times past and serves as a diary for those besieged in the now famous theatre, maternity ward and Azovstal Steelworks.

The crown

Wednesday, November 9, Netflix

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Imelda Staunton as Queen and Dominic West as Prince Charles in The Crown (Picture: Netflix)

Speaking of the royals, they’ve got both barrels this week with the Princess Royal’s son-in-law’s mocking bugs and the fifth series of The crown air their dirty laundry. It’s the 90s and the Queen (now played by Imelda Staunton) faces public dissatisfaction with how the Crown is funded. Meanwhile, the split between Charles (Dominic West) and Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) turns vicious, threatening to tear down the entire establishment. The Windsor Castle fire, Diana’s interview with Panorama, and Charles’ infamous tampon conversation with Camilla (Olivia Williams) all have insight.

save our team

Wednesday, November 9, Disney+

David Beckham (Photo: Disney)

In 2005 David Beckham opened his own football academy, which quickly closed four years later. Surely Disney knew this when they agreed to document his work with a team of troubled youngsters in South London? Golden Balls are committed to helping Westward Boys rise to the top of the Echo Premier League but they have their work cut out – the team haven’t won a game all season.


Thursday November 10, 9 p.m., BBC Two

Emily Blunt as Cornelia Locke (Photo: Diego López Calvín/Drama Republic/BBC/Amazon Studios)

Westerns never really go out of style and this new series from writer Hugo Blick harkens back to the genre’s heyday. Emily Blunt plays Cornelia Locke, a posh Englishwoman who comes to America determined to exact revenge on the man who killed her son. Along the way, she meets Eli Whipp (Chaske Spencer), a former Pawnee soldier, with whom she soon discovers an unexpected connection.


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