Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Never has choosing between Sugar Puffs and Frosties been so laden with dramatic import. Because the breakfast cereal you select for Stefan (Fionn Whitehead, top) will send the story off on its own path in Charlie Brooker’s mind-bending venture into interactive TV. The choices keep on coming on your screen and it will take anything from 40 to upwards of 90 minutes to make your way out of this maze. You’ll probably need a lie down afterwards but it’s more than worth it — Bandersnatch is a contender for top show of 2019 already even though, technically, it was released in 2018. Episode available now.
If we were to enlist the services of a sex therapist — note the if — we’d have Gillian Anderson near the top of our list. Well, we would have done until we encountered Anderson’s blush-inducing take on the topic in this lively comedy, which puts teenage obsession with masturbation, pubic hair and all things sexual under the microscope. Asa Butterfield (pictured, with Ncuti Gatwa left) plays Anderson’s teenage son Otis, a lad having trouble making his mark with the opposite sex until his exposure to Mum’s tricks of the trade gives him a leg up with the ladies. Or do we mean leg over? The series is available from Friday.
Too frightened to get on the night bus after watching Luther? Scare stories aside, it’s good to have Idris Elba back on mainstream TV, even if the storyline of this latest four-part outing as grumpy ’tec Luther did seem hewn from the rotting corpses of a hundred other psycho-killer shows. But the arrival of Ruth Wilson (pictured) as nemesis Alice sparks things up no end, so stick with it. Available now.
There’s more to Martin Clunes (pictured) than his classic comic turns in Men Behaving Badly and Doc Martin. He showed his period drama chops as the mildly batty Sir Pitt Crawley in Vanity Fair which, admittedly, was a role laced with humour. But he plays convincingly against typecasting as the lead detective in this three-part, true-life crime drama. With a name like Clunes, surely he should head up his own crime series. We’re pitching Without A Clunes… Available now.
The Crimson Rivers
This French crime thriller begins with a beheaded corpse in a forest but fret not, by modern standards it’s not top of the stomach-churning charts. The focus is on cutting dialogue as French detective duo Pierre and Camille (pictured) and German rival Nikolas chew lumps out of each other. Series available Friday.