What’s On: February 2022

by | Jan 31, 2022 | All, TV News, What to Watch

Our Picks for February 2022.

January has spoilt us. Four Lives, The Responder, Anne, Euphoria, and The AfterParty all brilliant shows that will stay with us until the end of the year. February’s highlights are a bit thinner on the ground, but Pam & Tommy from HULU and Disney+ is a truly inventive and interesting look at the sex tape scandal that engulfed the celebrity couple in the ’90s. Lily James and Sebastian Stan disappear into their roles embodying the power couple as they find themselves at the centre of a huge controversy. James, in particular, is wonderful giving a surprisingly tender performance as Anderson.

Rose Matefo’s brilliantly charming comedy Starstruck returns for a second series. Netflix has true-life drama Inventing Anna from Shonda Rhimes and the BBC’s adaptation of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt is a must-watch!

Chloe Sunday 6th February 2022 BBC One – Thriller from Alice Seabright. Becky thinks Chloe has the perfect life. Years after Chloe abandoned her when they were teenagers, Becky still obsessively watches Chloe’s life through her picture-perfect social media. But when Chloe dies suddenly, Becky’s need to find out how and why leads her to assume a new identity and infiltrate the enviable lives of Chloe’s closest friends. Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Jack Farthing star.

The Curse Sunday 6th February 2022 Channel 4 – Six-part comedy From Murder in Successville’s Tom Davis. This caper set in London in the early 80’s, follows a gang of hopeless small-time crooks who through their own stupidity and poor judgement find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest gold heists in history. The series stars Allan Mustafa (playing Albert Fantoni), Steve Stamp (playing Sidney Wilson), Hugo Chegwin (playing Phil ‘The Captain’ Pocket) and Tom Davis (playing Big Mick Neville), a group of hapless small-time criminals who become embroiled in the plot. They are normal working-class men who just dabble in low-level crime to make ends meet during the recession hit decade. But the naïve gang royally bite off more than they can chew with the heist and subsequently are stuck with the impossible task of coming up with a plot to rid themselves of the loot before they get nicked or even worse, end up dead. Emer Kenny plays Natasha, the wife of criminal Albert, who narrates the tale. The series also stars Peter Ferninando as Crazy Clive Cornell, a “proper” gangster that the gang become involved with during the heist, Ambreen Razia as Detective Thread, Geoff Bell as Detective Saunders and Michael Smiley as Ronnie Gatlin. All episodes available at launch on All4.

No Return February 2022 Monday 7th February 2022  ITV – Sheridan Smith leads this four-part drama from Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies, Stay Close, Safe) which centres around one family’s idyllic family holiday to Turkey which turns into a living nightmare for Kathy (Sheridan Smith) and her husband Martin when they are left desperately fighting for their 16-year-old son Noah’s freedom after he’s accused of a serious crime, sexually assaulting another youngster. The Four episodes will air weekly on ITV.

Starstruck Monday 7th February 2022 BBC Three – February sees the welcome return of BBC Three as a channel and with it, the even more welcome return of this charming rom-com that won us over instantly in its first series. The second series is set to continue the story of Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the complications of becoming romantically involved with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel). After having decided to stay and pursue a relationship with him, Jessie must deal with the real-world consequences of her grand gesture. Minnie Driver is set to reprise her role as Tom’s agent Cath, while Russell Tovey joins the cast for the brand-new series. All episodes will available at launch on the BBC iPlayer.

This is Going to Hurt February Tuesday 8th February 2022 BBC One – Ben Whishaw, Harriet Walter and Alex Jennings lead the cast of the adaptation of former junior doctor Adam Kay’s bestselling memoir which is based on the real-life experiences on the NHS frontline. Set on a labour ward, the show was originally announced for eight 45-minute episodes – but it has now been cut down to seven episodes, and shifted from BBC Two to BBC One. It will document the highs, lows and gruelling 97-hour weeks — and the toll being a junior doctor can take back home. The cast also includes Dame Harriet Walter, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and Rory Fleck Byrne. All episodes will be available at launch on the BBC iPlayer.

Pam & Tommy Wednesday 2nd February 2022 Disney+ – The first three episodes of this US drama series exploring the story behind the leaking of Sex Tape made by Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. British star Lily James takes on the role of Pamela Anderson with Sebastion Stan portraying Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling and Seth Rogen will also star. The series will be available on HULU in the US on the same date. The first three episodes of the 8-part series will arrive at launch with the rest airing weekly.

‘Pam and Tommy’ remembers to humanise the people at the centre of the story.

Magpie Murders Thursday 10th February 2022 BritBox – Six-part drama based on Anthony Horowitz’s book of the same name. Lesley Manville (Mum) stars alongside Tim McMullan (Foyles War), Daniel Mays (Code 404, Line of Duty), Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Bridgerton); Michael Maloney (The Crown, The Trial Of Christine Keeler) and  Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones). The mystery within a murder mystery, spanning two time periods (the 1950s and contemporary Britain) with cast portraying multiple characters in different literary dimensions. Susan Ryeland (Manville) is the editor for infamous, best-selling mystery writer Alan Conway (Hill). When she receives an unfinished Conway manuscript, featuring his hugely popular detective Atticus Pünd (McMullan), she is set on a path with little idea that it will change her life forever.

Inventing Anna Friday 11th February 2022 Netflix – Julia Garner and Anna Chlumsky this ten-part drama based on the true story of a Russian scammer who posed as a wealthy heiress while ingratiating herself into high-rise champagne circles. She was later convicted for fraud and grand larceny. The show is from Showrunner Shonda Rhimes.

Bel Air Monday 14th February 2022 Peacock via Sky & NOW –  American drama series that imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he’s ever known.

Executive produced by Will Smith and inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer that reimagined the iconic, culture-defining ‘90s sitcom, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style and aspiration, while exploring Will’s complex journey through a current lens.

Severance Friday 18th February Apple TV+ –  Sci-fi thriller following a man who works at Lumen Industries, where a “severance” program is used to separate the non-work memories of their employees from their work memories. The series, created by Dan Erickson stars Adam Scott, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken. Ben Stiller will direct an episode.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Friday 18th February 2022 Amazon Prime Video – Fourth season of the award-winning comedy-drama about a female stand-up comic. Milo Ventimiglia and Kelly Bishop have joined the cast. The series will begin with two episodes on Friday 18th February on Prime with two episodes dropping every Friday for four weeks. 

Peaky Blinders February 2022 BBC One – The final series of the epic drama from Creator Stephen Knight. The BBC has said this is expected this month but no date has been given as of publication.

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31/01/2022

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