From a six-episode adaptation of bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife to Couples Therapy, the best on demand TV to watch this week

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

The excellent Scottish actress Rose Leslie has been steadily rising towards top billing for some time – through Game Of Thrones, The Good Fight, Vigil – and now here she is in the lead role in this six-episode adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger bestseller.

Leslie is Clare Abshire, the spouse of the title. Theo James plays her partner, Henry. ‘Time travel – it’s not a superpower,’ he says at the start of the first episode. ‘It’s a disability.’ 

The excellent Scottish actress Rose Leslie (above, with Theo James) has been steadily rising towards top billing for some time and now here she is in the lead role

He keeps involuntarily time-travelling. Sometimes he can be gone days before pinging back to where he was before. Sometimes it’s months. It makes relationships… complicated. Sky/NOW, from Monday

 

Life And Beth

Ten years ago this would have been made as an arthouse movie. Today, it’s a ten-part TV series. With Grace Power and Violet Young (above)

Ten years ago this would have been made as an arthouse movie. Today, it’s a ten-part TV series – the episodes are short – and all the better for it. Beth (Amy Schumer) is a wine sales rep prompted to look back on her teenage years. With Grace Power and Violet Young. Disney+, from Wednesday

 

Kill Your Friends

A black comedy about an unhinged, drug-addled, music industry talent scout who is searching for the next big thing but unfortunately finds he has to kill repeatedly to stay ahead of the game. 

It’s basically American Psycho but not as good. It stars Nicholas Hoult as the murder-mad A&R man. Britbox, from Thursday

 

Tokyo Vice

Inside the dark world of Japan’s sinister Yakuza gangsters, who control all varieties of vice in the Japanese capital. Originally planned as a film with Daniel Radcliffe, the drama series features Ansel Elgort, of The Fault In Our Stars, as an American journalist assigned to explore Tokyo’s seedy underworld. Starzplay, from Sunday

 

Now And Then

A group of college friends are celebrating on the night of their graduation when tragedy strikes, resulting in the death of one of the gang and a stranger. Now, 20 years later, the five remaining friends all receive texts from a mysterious blackmailer threatening to reveal what happened unless they pay up. Apple TV+, from Friday

 

Night Sky

Sissy Spacek and J. K. Simmons play a retired couple who, years ago, discovered that their back garden has a buried chamber containing a portal to a viewing pod on another planet. 

Sissy Spacek (above) and J. K. Simmons play a retired couple who, years ago, discovered that their back garden has a buried chamber containing a portal to a viewing pod on another planet

They have told no one about it but then it becomes obvious that the chamber holds more secrets than they ever suspected. Amazon, from Friday

 

Lovestruck High

Any similarity to Love Island is, presumably, deliberate in this dating show, narrated by Lindsay Lohan. The premise is that a group of British 20-somethings are attending an American school, where they date other contestants. 

A group of British 20-somethings are attending an American school, where they date other contestants. With model Yasmine Raveea Morsi (above)

None of the participants seem to be straight A students. With model Yasmine Raveea Morsi. Amazon, from Wednesday

 

Ali & Ava

Touching, acclaimed drama written and directed by Clio Barnard, who has been compared to Ken Loach. Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook play two lonely souls who find solace in each other’s company over the course of a remarkable month. The film was nominated for two Bafta awards this year. Sky Store, from Wednesday

 

A Perfect Pairing

Wine, sun and lots of romance – what more could you ask for from this lightweight but watchable Aussie comedy? Victoria Justice (above) stars as Lola

Wine, sun and lots of romance – what more could you ask for from this lightweight but watchable Aussie comedy? Victoria Justice stars as Lola, who quits her job to start her own wine distribution company. Netflix, from Thursday

 

The Missing

The hit series introducing Tcheky Karyo as French detective Julien Baptiste. In the first run, he’s searching for a missing boy, whose parents are played by Frances O’Connor and James Nesbitt. 

In the first run, Julian Baptiste is searching for a missing boy, whose parents are played by Frances O’Connor and James Nesbitt (above)

In the second, David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes portray a couple whose daughter is missing. Britbox, from Thursday

 

Lost In La Mancha

In the 1990s, ex-Monty Python Terry Gilliam attempted to make a film of Cervantes’ classic fantasy, Don Quixote, but instead faced disaster after disaster in a film-making folly of epic proportions. 

His leading man injured his back and disappeared, floods swept away all the equipment, and low-flying Nato jets ruined nearly every shot. The film was never finished. But luckily this documentary, telling the incredible bad-luck story, was. Britbox, from Thursday

 

Kill Your Friends

Based on a novel by John Niven, this film is a black comedy about an unhinged, drug-addled, music industry talent scout who is searching for the next big thing at the height of Britpop but unfortunately finds he has to kill repeatedly to stay ahead of the game. 

It’s basically American Psycho but not as good. It stars Nicholas Hoult as the murder-mad A&R man. James Corden might well have been grateful to be murdered within the first half-hour. Britbox, from Thursday

 

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Couples Therapy

Surprisingly gripping, it follows the efforts of the supremely empathetic Dr Orna Guralnik to help couples in turmoil, memorably Annie and Mau (above)

Every episode of the factual series about relationship counselling is now available to view. Surprisingly gripping and, at times, powerful, as well as occasionally irritating, it follows the efforts of the supremely empathetic Dr Orna Guralnik to help couples in turmoil, memorably Annie and Mau, who struggled entertainingly with their sex life. iPlayer, available now

 

Life After Life

All four episodes of the adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s novel are available to stream. It focuses on the possible alternative lives of a young woman born into an upper-middle-class English family in 1910. 

Life After Life focuses on the possible alternative lives of a young woman born into an upper-middle-class English family in 1910. Jessica Brown Findlay (above) stars

Thomasin McKenzie, Sian Clifford and Jessica Brown Findlay star. iPlayer, available now

 

Anomalia

You probably didn’t realise your life was missing a Swiss fantasy series depicting the crossroads between science and faith, but after watching the first episode of Anomalia, you’ll be wondering what you did without it. 

It’s an engrossing, thought-provoking tale about neurosurgeon Valerie, who moves back to her hometown after separating from her husband. She takes up a position at a swanky clinic, but slowly realises she doesn’t need surgical skills to heal the sick – it seems she has inherited strange powers and sets about rectifying a past mistake. All4, available now

 

Sherlock

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s eccentric detective series was a firm fan favourite, winning numerous awards, including three Emmys, for its brilliant writing, acting and directing. 

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the famous sleuth who shares his flat in 21st Century London with an army doctor who’s just back from Afghanistan, John Watson (Martin Freeman). 

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the famous sleuth who shares his flat in 21st Century London with John Watson (Martin Freeman, above far right with Mark Gatiss and Cumberbatch)

Together they solve baffling, and often bizarre, murder mysteries while competing with Holmes’s nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Andrew Scott). iPlayer, available now

 

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

The investigative reporter’s 2015 film continues to pack a punch. After the Church Of Scientology refuses to participate in a proposed programme, Theroux and former senior church official Mark Rathbun create re-enactments of various incidents witnessed by Rathbun and other ex-Scientologists. 

After the Church Of Scientology refuses to participate in a proposed programme, Louis Theroux (above) and former senior church official Mark Rathbun create re-enactments

On discovering this, the church puts Theroux and his colleagues under surveillance, while his relationship with Rathbun begins to falter. UKTV Play, available now

 

Those Who Kill

The intense Danish crime drama follows the work of a Copenhagen police unit specialising in investigating serial killers. It begins as cops discover the skeletons of four young women buried in the local woods. Laura Bach, Jakob Cedergren and Lars Mikkelsen star. iPlayer, available now    

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