Pat Stacey’s Weekend TV Picks: Serial Killer Thriller Puts A Period Twist On Things

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ne of the major streaming platforms is probably the last place you would expect to find a series like A private matter (AmazonPrime). It’s a serial killer yarn, but about as far removed from what we expect from the genre as it gets.

In Galicia at the end of the 1940s – remember many elegant trappings – the glamorous upper class Marina Quiroga (Aura Garrido), who has the soul of a detective, defies the gender conventions of the time and sets out to catch the murderer terrorizing her town, where her brother happens to be the chief of police.

In a sort of change of pace, the excellent Jean Reno embodies his faithful butler and sidekick Héctor.

Our mother’s sins (Netflix), on the other hand, is exactly what you’d expect – another true crime documentary. This is the story of Lori Vallow, who is currently awaiting trial for the murder of two of her children and her husband’s ex-wife.

This week’s episode of The outer limits (Talking Pictures TV, 8 p.m.) represents what is generally considered one of the finest hours in American television history: Demon with a glass handwritten by Harlan Ellison.

Robert Culp plays a time traveler from the future named Trent, who has no memories of his life before the last 10 days. His left hand has been replaced with a computer under glass that is shaped like the lost appendix, but with three fingers missing.

They are in possession of the humanoid extraterrestrials who hunt him through a vast building (the famous Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, also used in blade runner). The computer tells him that he must kill his pursuers and reattach the fingers in order to know the purpose of his mission.

The incredibly harrowing final reveal takes a few hits, even today.

It’s funny to think that The Grand Tour presents (Amazon Prime) was once considered the streamer’s flagship series. If you still care, Clarkson, Hammond, and May are in arctic Scandinavia – as if the weather doesn’t have enough to deal with already.

Comedy-thriller is a term that should always be approached with extreme caution as many of them struggle to be funny or exciting. Am I unreasonable? (BBC1, 9:30 p.m.) is co-written by and stars This country’s Daisy May Cooper as Nic, a mother who cannot bond with the other women at the school gate.

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Next is Jen (Selin Hizli), who offers her friendship and a few pinches of gin at the boring school party. But is it too good to be true?

Can’t say I was too taken with a terrorist thriller Munich games (Sky Atlantic, 9 p.m.) as were some of the UK critics. It’s watchable, even if it’s still not the tension-filled palm sweater we were promised. Maybe this third episode will prove me wrong.

After 17 years, the final season of Make fun of the week (BBC2, 10 p.m.) kicks into gear, with the BBC apparently deciding that do i have any news for you (BBC1, 9 p.m.) is all the satire needed. It’s not.

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week continues to impact schedules, with this year’s pre-recorded launch show Come dance strictly on BBC1 tonight being pushed back to next Friday. Also postponed for a week is Blank cover.

In their place are a celebrity edition of Useless (BBC1, 6.10pm) – which was apparently one of the Queen’s favorite shows – and the film Paddington (BBC1, 7 p.m.). The late queen and the adorable bear are seemingly indivisible now.

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James Nesbitt and Charlene McKenna back in Bloodlands

James Nesbitt and Charlene McKenna back in Bloodlands

Those who like their Saturdays busy with light entertainment are always well catered for with The Masked Dancer (VM1/ITV, 6:30 p.m.) and The Voice UK (BBC1, 8 p.m.).

More Substance is an intriguing new three-part series Hitler: The Lost Tapes (Channel 4, 8 p.m.), which explores the dictator’s public and private figures – although the so-called ‘tapes’ are actually photos taken by Hitler’s official photographer Heinrich Hoffmann and several hours of footage shot by Eva Braun .

Sunday

by David Attenborough Frozen Planet II (BBC1, 8 p.m.) mixes stunning and uplifting footage of polar bears leading their cubs to hunt and harp seals teaching their cubs to swim with a stark warning that the Arctic Ocean is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth .

If you thought blood lands (BBC1, 9 p.m.), starring James Nesbitt at his most Nesbitty as DCI Northern Irish cop Tom Brannick, who is as twisted as a trombone and multiple murderer to boot, peaked last year, you were wrong. There is more.

Brannick and McGovern (Charlene McKenna) investigate the death of an accountant who, wouldn’t you know, is connected to Brannick’s troubled past.

And since we’re talking about a spike in madness, wasn’t it really smart of the Kennys to leave a stash of drugs in an unlocked cupboard where they could be found by Lee, who you wouldn’t trust so as not to steal your eyes when you blink, last week North Sea connection (RTÉ1, 9:30 p.m.)?

This week, they get a frantic phone call from Shane about Lenny. Oooh, now I wonder what could have been?

Judging by the component’s previous programs, The secret world of… ice cream (Channel 4, 8 p.m.) will have you smiling fondly at old advertisements for old-world treats from the sweltering summers of your childhood. Well, either that or weep softly contemplating your mortality.

Documentary series Stolen: catch the art thieves (BBC2, 8 p.m.) is as gripping as any thriller. Tonight’s episode tells how Swedish police and the FBI spent five years tracking down thieves who stole two Renoirs and a Rembrandt from the National Museum in Stockholm.

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