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Jodie Turner-Smith plays the title Tudor Queen in this fresh drama. The three-part series examines Boleyn’s fall through the prism of a psychological thriller and focuses on her attempts to secure a future for her daughter and the consequences of failing to produce a male heir in the final months of her life.
Tuesday, June 1st, 9 p.m., channel 5

Based on Jeff Lemire’s DC comic book series, this CGI-heavy Netflix adaptation stars Christian Convery as Gus, a partly human, partly deer boy who belongs to a new breed of hunted hybrids. Gus lives a protected life until he befriends the mysterious Jepperd (Nonso Anozie).
Friday June 4th, Netflix

In this eight-part thriller, adapted by Stephen King from his novel of the same name, Julianne Moore’s Lisey Landon struggles to come to terms with the death of her husband, crime novelist Scott (Clive Owen). Slowly memories emerge that she had repressed about her marriage.
Friday June 4th, Apple TV +

Feline groovy … The Masked Dancer. Photo: Vincent Dolman

More mask-based chaos than a new group of celebrities is hiding their identity, only this time they’ll be dancing rather than singing. The Masked Singer’s Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, and Davina McCall are joined by Strictly’s Oti Mabuse, while the leg-wagging characters include Rubber Chicken, Beetroot, and Knickerbocker Glory.
Saturday, May 29th, 7pm, ITV

Mae Martin’s elaborately crafted comedy about relationships and rehabilitation returns for a second series. Since the first season ends on a cliffhanger after Mae’s relapse and the loss of her sponsor, it remains to be seen whether she will get to girlfriend George (Charlotte Ritchie). Her comedy career is now flourishing.
Friday June 4th, Netflix

Professor T.

Ben Miller stars in this adaptation of the successful Belgian series of the same name and plays a discerning professor at Cambridge University who is recruited by the police to solve crimes in the region after a student was attacked on campus. Frances de la Tour plays Miller’s arrogant mother.
Thursday June 3rd, BritBox


Gossip girls … From left: Sophia Loren, Louella Parsons, Hedda Hopper and friends. Photo: Ralph Crane / LIFE

Karina Longworth’s endlessly fascinating podcast on film history returns for a new season titled Gossip Girls, exploring the intersections of early 20th century celebrity culture through a burgeoning, gossip-hungry medium. She focuses on Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, two women who dominated Hollywood gossip to advance their own agendas.
Widely used weekly

As part of an online platform introducing new writers across the UK, WritersMosaic has put together a podcast series inviting writers to read their work and discuss what they mean. Highlights include readings by Bernardine Evaristo, TS Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson, and former Young Poet Laureate for London Selina Nwulu.
Widely used weekly

With Covid variants still making headlines for concern, the Guardian’s science reporting team is on hand to provide explanations on the latest research as well as other developments in the scientific world. Recent episodes discussed the pros and cons of NFT, the effects of glacier disappearance, and lessons learned from historical pandemics.
The watchman weekly

If you feel like broadening your horizons, Krista Tippett’s insightful podcast gets a wide variety of guests to discuss topics that help us understand human existence: from philosophers to writers to Jill Tarter who is about finding extraterrestrial intelligence speaks.
Widely used weekly

Producers Bob Matthews and Lawrence Diamond host this new pod that explores the why and how of music production. Sure, there are some nerdy things about microphones and synth sounds, but it also focuses on the emotional process of making a song from scratch.
Widely used weekly


Emma Stone in CruellaPuppy love … Emma Stone in Cruella. Photo: Disney

(12A) (Craig Gillespie) 134 minutes
Another live action update from Disney, though this isn’t exactly a restart. Emma Stone plays Ms. de Vil, the puppy thief from 101 Dalmatians, in an origin story based on the 1996 version of Glenn Close. Stone’s Cruella is an aspiring fashion designer based in London in the 1970s. Emma Thompson is a baroness she runs into.
In cinemas & Disney +

(12A) (Kelly Reichardt) 122 min
This bears some resemblance to Reichardt’s 2010 film Meek’s Cutoff, which features a story of old people on the western frontier. Instead of a crisis on the wagon route, this is a brilliantly observed story of two entrepreneurial types who steal precious milk from the first cow to arrive on site and bake cakes from it.
In cinemas

(PG) (Gorō Miyazaki) 83 minutes
The next generation of Studio Ghibli, figuratively as well as literally. Gorō Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazaki, brings the Japanese animation company into the age of CGI with this adaptation of the story by British author Diana Wynne Jones about an orphanage girl who is adopted by a witch. There is also a rock band.
In cinemas

(12) (Jason Ferguson) 105 min
A surprisingly emotional document about the Manchester United manager titan directed by his son. Famous for speaking bluntly, Ferguson tells unvarnished truths about his 2018 death and career highlights.
In cinemas & Amazon Prime Video

(15) (Haruo Sotozaki) 117 min
An unexpected hit in US theaters a month ago. This is a sequel to the Demon Slayer TV series on Netflix, derived from a manga series in which the hero Tanjiro competes against the sleep demon Enmu on a bullet train.
In cinemas