This Week's Mix Up Theatre T.V. Picks + Netflix / Amazon

What the students should watch this week to tie in with our drama activities!


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1. Motherland

Monday 10th May, BBC2, 9:00pm

New series. As an outbreak of headlice sweeps the school, Julia finds herself accused of triggering a second wave. Ostracised by the other mums, she needs to find a way back into their good books and decides to throw a nit treatment party at her home. The gathering reveals that Anne has some big news, Meg is facing a crisis, Kevin has committed a terrible crime of passion and Liz is waiting to hear about a possible career move. The return of the comedy, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan.

The first two series of Motherland is available on BBC iPlayer and Netflix.

2. The Pursuit of Love

Sunday 9th May, BBC1, 9:00pm

New series. Adaptation of Nancy Mitford's novel about two cousins living in 1920s Oxfordshire. Linda dreams of a life of adventure, while Fanny is more concerned with stability after being abandoned by her mother. When a glamorous local aristocrat invites a charming stranger to a ball, Linda is instantly smitten, but Fanny's disapproval threatens to tear the inseparable friends apart. With Lily James and Emily Beecham. Written and directed by Emily Mortimer, who co-stars as Fanny's absent mother.

3. Fawlty Towers

Monday 10th May, BBC1, 8:20pm


Basil goes to great lengths to prove to Sybil that a guest has smuggled a woman into his room. Instead the hotelier keeps being caught in compromising situations with a young Australian woman, and a visiting psychiatrist finds his increasingly manic behaviour both fascinating and alarming. Classic comedy, starring John Cleese and Prunella Scales.

4. Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power

Thursday 13th May, BBC1, 9:00pm

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock recounts her experiences of racism and colourism as a black woman in the UK, as well as looking at the wider race issues the country is facing. The girl band member compares experiences with Alexandra Burke, Nao, RAYE and Keisha Buchanan from the Sugababes, who each reveal their own shocking experiences within the music industry because of the colour of their skin. Leigh-Anne finds the more she learns about systemic racism, the more she feels she must do something.

5. The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer

Tuesday 11th May, Channel 4, 8:00pm


Countdown's Nick Hewer joins singer and TV personality Stacey Solomon, the Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Diversity dancer Perri Kiely for the baking challenge. Presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding guide them through the assorted tasks, and Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith pass judgment on their skills. On the menu are scones, a devilish technical, and a showstopper challenge in the form of self-portrait croquembouches. Which of the famous faces will impress the judges?

We're fundraising for Stand Up 2 Cancer...


6. The Great British Sewing Bee

Wednesday 12th May, BBC1, 9:00pm

It's children's week in the sewing room and judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young's pattern challenge choice is a classic for any toddler's wardrobe - a romper suit. The transformation task sees the sewers turning an adult wetsuit into a kids' fancy dress costume, before they tackle a children's raincoat, remembering it must be fully waterproof but allow enough movement for jumping in muddy puddles.

7. FILM: Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Sunday 9th May, BBC2, 4:45pm

The story of Frank Abagnale Jr, who found notoriety as a teenager conning and charming his way across America. Posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, Frank was able to fund an extravagant lifestyle while outwitting the FBI at every turn. Fact-based drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

8. Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

Thursday 13th May, BBC4, 10:30pm

The critic examines techniques and conventions behind classic movie genres. Here he focuses on one of the most popular - romantic comedies, from early offerings such as Bringing Up Baby to more recent hits like The Big Sick and La La Land.

9. FILMS: The Fast and the Furious Series (2001-2019) (Age 12A)

Friday 14th May, Sky Cinema Fast&Furious, All Day

Buckle up for nonstop action and mind-blowing speed in the high-octane Fast & Furious Series. Actor of the Week, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and an all-star cast put pedal to the metal in pursuit of justice and survival as they race from L.A. to Tokyo, Rio to London, and Cuba to New York City. Packed with full-throttle action and jaw-dropping stunts, these turbo-charged thrill rides place you behind the wheel of the most explosive film franchise in history!


10. FILM: Fast & Furious 8 (2015) (Age 12A)

Saturday 8th May, ITV, 10:55pm

Street racing criminal Dominic Toretto is drawn out of retirement by an encounter with a ruthless cyberterrorist, who recruits him for an international criminal scheme. As he sets out to steal the technology she needs to unleash chaos on the world, he is drawn into conflict with both old enemies and his former gang. Action adventure sequel, Actor of the Week, Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Dwayne Johnson.


On Netflix...

FILM: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (Age 12A)

Fawlty Towers, Trolls and Harry Potter star, John Cleese, and the Monty Python team take on the King Arthur legend in this comedy.

Motherland (Age 15)

The hit British comedy is also available on Netflix.

FILM: The Last Witch Hunter (2015) (Age 12A)

Our Actor of the Week, Vin Diesel, stars in this fantasy action film.

On Amazon Prime Video...

Mr. Bean

Classic British comedy from stalwarts of the genre Rowan Atkinson and director, Richard Curtis.


FILM: Shrek 2 (2004)

Trolls and Fawlty Towers star, John Cleese, provides the voice of another king as Fiona's in this animated sequel comedy - Cleese also voices King Gristle Sr. in Trolls.

FILM: xXx (2002) (Age 12A)

Our Actor of the Week, Vin Diesel in another action packed film.

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