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Best new TV this weekend, including a genuinely terrifying new horror series on Netflix

Sep 24, 2021

From a slow-burning new horror to the razzmatazz of the Strictly ballroom, you’ll be spoilt for what to watch this weekend.

Searching for your next TV obsession? Of course you are. And the next few days sees a plethora of TV shows to quench your thirst. 

There’s a brand new thriller starring Line of Duty and Motherland star Anna Maxwell Martin, and, of course, the high-stakes finale of Vigil, as well as a new horror series from Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan. For something a little more soothing though, it’s week one of the Strictly live shows, with more sparkles and cha cha cha than you’ll know what to do with. 

So, without further ado, here is everything we recommend watching this weekend.

The Starling on Netflix

The Starling 

This new Netflix film hasn’t had the best reviews but, as with all things in life, sometimes you have to make your own mind up.

Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd play Lilly and Jack, a married couple, whose life is torn apart after the death of their baby daughter. Jack is in a psychiatric facility struggling with his mental health while Lilly is being harassed by a starling in their garden. She eventually seeks therapy herself from a one-time psychotherapist and now working as a vet. 

Friday 24 September, Netflix 

The Green Knight on Amazon Prime Video

The Green Knight

Dev Patel takes the lead as Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew, in this psychedelic retelling of the Arthurian legend. One Christmas Day, Gawain volunteers to take part in a magical game which sees him go on a quest to confront the mysterious Green Knight, and takes in ghosts and talking foxes along the way.

Friday 24 September, Amazon Prime Video  

Midnight Mass on Netflix

Midnight Mass

Fans of the Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor will be in spooky heaven with this new TV series from their creator Mike Flanagan. Set on the isolated Crockett Island, a deeply Catholic community, it follows what happens when a new priest, Father Paul (Hamish Linklater,) arrives and deeply unusual occurrences start happening.

Indeed Stephen King himself has already sung its praises saying: “Mike Flanagan has created a dense, beautifully photographed terror tale that climbs to a high pitch of horror by the 7th and last episode.” 

Friday 24 September, Netflix  

Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing

It’s showtime. This year’s contestants take to the ballroom for the first time to perform live for judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke. 

AJ and Kai will be performing the jive while John and Johannes, the series’ first all-male couple, will be doing the tango to New Order’s Blue Monday. As ever Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will be on hand to make sure everyone is having a nice time.

Saturday 25 September, 7pm, BBC One 

Vigil on BBC One


Ready for your blood pressure to rise exponentially? Yes us too. 

When we last left DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) she had just been locked in a torpedo tube filling up with water, at the hands of a Russian spy. Meanwhile, Elliot Glover (Shaun Evans) doesn’t look to be long for this world after ingesting nerve gas – one of many to perish at the hands of the cursed HMS Vigil.

So there’s a lot of ends to tie up in this finale, including whether Amy will be reunited with her step-daughter Poppy as well as her one-time lover who has been running the show on land DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie).  

Sunday 26 September, 9pm, BBC One

The Last Mountain on BBC Two

The Last Mountain

In February 2019, 30-year-old climber Tom Ballard disappeared while climbing one of the Himalayas’ most dangerous mountains. Tragically in 1995, Tom’s mother, Alison Hargreaves, died in the same range and a film was made of her family saying their goodbyes called Alison’s Last Mountain. 

In this documentary Tom’s sister Kate journeys to Nanga Parbat to explore why kept Tom climbing the deathly mountain, even when his fellow climbers turned back, as well as speaking to those left behind. 

Sunday 26 September, 9pm, BBC Two  

The Girl With The Colourful Leg – Our Lives on BBC One

The Girl With The Colourful Leg  Our Lives

After Bernadette Hagans was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a cancer which develops in cells around the joints and tendons, she had her right leg amputated from the knee down. 

Three years on she tells how her diagnosis changed her life for the better, pushing her to do more in life including competing in the final of Miss Northern Ireland 2021– the first amputee to take part

Wednesday 29 September, 7.30pm, BBC One  

Hollington Drive on ITV

Hollington Drive

Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling play sisters living on a picturesque suburban street in this new thriller. Their families are enjoying a joint barbeque when the younger children go out to play in a local park. But when another boy from the neighbourhood later goes missing, Theresa (Maxwell Martin) starts to wonder if her son might be responsible for his disappearance.

Wednesday 29 September, 9pm, ITV  

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