Christmas with the Campbells
The traditional holiday rom-com gets a new spin from Vince Vaughn (Fred Claus) and Dan Lagana (American Vandal). When Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to still spend Christmas with them and Shawn’s handsome cousin while Shawn is away. Starring Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Justin Long (He’s Not That Into You), Alex Moffat (Saturday Night Live), Joanna Garcia Swisher (Sweet Magnolias), Julia Duffy (Newhart, Designing Women) and George Wendt (Cheers). Directed by Clare Niederpruem (Little Women).
Kevin Can F**K Himself (Season 2)
Alternating between traditional multi-camera sitcom and single-camera drama, this ambitious, genre-
bending series starring Emmy® Award-winning actress Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) returns for its second and concluding season. Set in Worcester, Massachusetts, Kevin Can F**K Himself probes the
secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the prototypical sitcom wife. Allison McRoberts (Murphy) is married to self-centred and “lovable” cable guy Kevin (Eric Petersen, Kirstie), but after a dark discovery, Allison teams up with neighbour Patty O’Connor (Mary Hollis Inboden, The Righteous Gemstones) to take drastic measures to escape her confines and take control of her life. She’s going to kill Kevin. At the end of season one, Neil (Alex Bonifer, Superstore), Kevin’s best friend and neighbour – and Patty’s brother – learned of their murderous plan and vowed to blow their cover. Now, Allison and Patty scramble to deal with Neil, pushing Allison to find a better way out. Altering the original escape plan, Patty once again agrees to help Allison, but this time, on her own terms.
Mood (Season finale)
Sasha Clayton (Nicôle Lecky) dreams of becoming a major recording artist, but right now, she’s a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend (Jordan Duvigneau, My Mum Tracy Beaker) on Instagram. When she is kicked out of her family home for drunkenly trying to burn her ex’s house down, Sasha becomes homeless and is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing with local drug dealer Saleem (Mohammad Dalmar). Everything seems to change when she meets and moves in with Instagram influencer and party girl Carly (Lara Peake, Brave New World), who introduces her to the exciting world of making money and becoming ‘famous’ on social media. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape this new influencer world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined. Based on her critically acclaimed Royal Court play Superhoe the series is told in part through the songs that Sasha creates and features an innovative original soundtrack performed by Lecky.
The Madame Blanc Mysteries (Season 2 Christmas Special)
In this Christmas-themed special to open the upcoming second season, renowned and respected antique dealer Jean White (series creator Sally Lindsay, Cold Call, Mount Pleasant), returns fresh from surviving an attempt on her life by the duplicitous Barbara. Jean’s expertise in the world of antiquities once again proves the key to solving a series of murders and mysteries against the backdrop of the beautiful French village of Saint Victoire. In the seasonal season opener, Jean comes to the aid of Chief of Police Caron (Alex Gaumond, The Syndicate), who finds himself on the other side of the interview table, accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
Beginning 5th December
Whitstable Pearl (Series 2)
Based on the popular book series by Julie Wassmer, the second season of Whitstable Pearl finds Pearl
(Kerry Godliman, After Life) prioritising her detective work and transitioning from being a chef who solves crimes to a full-time investigator who just happens to own a restaurant – the eponymous Whitstable Pearl. Pearl’s cases overlap with DCI Mike McGuire’s (Howard Charles, Shadow and Bone, Top Boy) police investigations. Their relationship is charged with a determination to outdo each other and a fiery mutual attraction. When they compete, sparks fly, and tempers flare. When they work together, they make a hell of a team.
When DI Rachita Ray (Parminder Nagra, Fortitude), a British Asian policewoman new to homicide, is assigned to investigate the suspected honour killing of a young Muslim man, she quickly realises the suspects can’t be guilty. The evidence against the two brothers from a British Hindu family is flimsy at best. Her attempts at convincing her superiors and colleagues of this fall on deaf ears; hidden biases and a keenness to wrap the case up mean no one is listening to her. That is, until her probing leads the team to a much more sinister crime. In this four-part drama, DI Ray goes on a journey that sees her uncover a complex web of deceit within organised crime whilst laying bare the wounds deep within herself that she’s spent a lifetime ignoring. Wounds that are born from a desperate desire to ‘fit in’, despite not looking the part.