Daisy Jones and The Six
Friday 3 March, Prime Video
I fell in love with rock star Daisy Jones when I first met her in Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel about a drug-fuelled band in 1970s California. This adaptation has a tough challenge on its hands to make her feel as alive on screen as she does in my head. The mockumentary/drama hybrid follows Daisy (Riley Keough, herself rock’n’roll royalty as Elvis Presley’s oldest grandchild) as she pursues her dream of becoming a musician, ending up in a torrid relationship with frontman Billy (Sam Claflin) and flirting with the darker side of fame.
Friday 3 March, Disney+
When Michael Matthews was 22, he became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. But he never came home. Twenty years after he went missing, his family – including his brother, former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews – set about recovering his body. This emotional and often nail-biting film documents the expedition to find Michael, with world record-holding mountaineer Nirmal Purja leading the way.
Next in Fashion
Friday 3 March, Netflix
It has been far too long since a good fashion competition graced our screens. (No, Sewing Bee doesn’t count.) Tan France returns as the host of Netflix’s swish series, though the ever-chic Alexa Chung has been replaced by supermodel and pasta influencer Gigi Hadid. No matter, because the real stars are the designers, each hoping to impress weekly guest judges enough to win a $200,000 prize and launch their collection on clothes rental site Rent the Runway. The first task is to create a look fit for a royal, but the real excitement lies in the identity of the first guest judge: Donatella Versace.
Paul Whitehouse: Our Troubled Rivers
Sunday 5 March, 8pm, BBC Two
If you are a regular reader of i, you’ll already be aware of our Save Britain’s Rivers campaign, drawing attention to the bleak state of our country’s waterways. Here, amateur angler Paul Whitehouse heads out on a personal mission to expound on why it is so important for us to keep Britain’s rivers clean and safe. Water companies, intensive agriculture and our growing population all get the blame, but Whitehouse is also intent on looking to the future, discovering inventive ways our rivers can be brought back from the brink of devastation.
We Need to Talk about Cosby
Sunday 5 March, 9pm, BBC Two
First shown in the US more than a year ago, this shocking and no-less-urgent docuseries from comedian W Kamau Bell was nominated for four Emmys. It tells the story of Bill Cosby’s rise to household name as a sitcom star and his disturbing fall from grace after he was accused by 60 women of sexual assault. Balancing Cosby’s importance as a figure in Black American culture with the allegations against him, journalists, survivors and comedians gather for a nuanced, difficult conversation about how “America’s Dad” is regarded today.
George Michael: Outed
Monday 6 March, 9pm, Channel 4
When George Michael was arrested for a lewd act in a men’s toilet in 1998 LA, the tabloids rushed to out him as gay. Instead of cowering under their might, the superstar took matters into his own hands, sitting down for a televised interview and telling the world he “felt no shame”. This two-part documentary shown on consecutive evenings attempts to explain why Michael chose to keep his sexuality hidden. The moral panic around the Aids crisis and deeply homophobic attitudes encouraged by the press might have had something to do with it.
Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr
Tuesday 7 March, 8pm, BBC One
The most glamorous woman on weeknight TV, interior designer Michelle Ogundehin, is back for another year of trashing paint jobs and analysing upholstery. This time, the 10 amateur designers are battling it out for a contract to make over a chic cocktail bar. Their first task is to transform blank-canvas apartments in London’s recently regenerated Elephant and Castle area.
Predator: The Secret Scandal of J-Pop
Tuesday 7 March, 9pm, BBC Two
Before he died in 2019, Johnny Kitagawa was a pop mogul, owner of a J-pop star factory that produced Japanese boy bands. For 50 years, he was accused of sexual abuse by many of the boys who passed through his agency, but the Japanese media rarely reported such allegations in detail. Journalist Mobeen Azhar asks why.
Wednesday 8 March, 9pm, ITV1
Last series newcomer Marsha Thomason proved she had what it takes to step into Morven Christie’s shoes as lead in The Bay. She’s back for another case as DS Jenn Townsend, no longer Morecambe’s new family liaison officer on the block, but still struggling with her home life. When Jenn is called to a murder scene at the home of a broken family, she realises the only way to the truth is to gain their trust and convince them to share what happened.
Kathy Burke: Growing Up
Wednesday 8 March, 10pm, Channel 4
Kathy Burke has made astute documentaries about subjects as broad as wealth and womanhood, and they always end up insightful but hilarious. Or is it the other way around? This time, she tackles the horrors and joys of ageing, hoping to learn whether the older or younger generations have it best. As well as hearing the opinions of her celeb pals Charlotte Church, Bill Bailey and Jennifer Saunders, she meets an octogenarian who started modelling in her seventies and 22-year-old TikTok train spotter Francis Bourgeois.