The seven best TV shows to watch this weekend

GLOW returns in all its spandex glory while Romesh Ranganathan visits the most dangerous places on Earth

GLOW: Kate Nash, Jackie Tohn, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Shakira Barrera. Photograph: Netflix

GLOW: Kate Nash, Jackie Tohn, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Shakira Barrera. Photograph: Netflix

 

GLOW
Friday, Netflix
Get out your spandex bodysuits and your favourite 80s mixtape : Zoya the Destroyer, Liberty Belle, Junkchain and the other Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back in the ring for another bout of the popular Netflix series set in the world of women’s TV wrestling in the 1980s. As series two opens, the ladies’ fame (and hair) is getting bigger than ever, and they’re under pressure to produce more episodes of their show to feed the growing public appetite for heavily choreographed lady-on-lady violence. But there’s always a downside to fame, as Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) soon learn.

Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know
Friday, BBC4, 9pm
In 1978, one of Britain’s most enduring pop bands formed in Birmingham. Now, 40 years on, Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor (Andy Taylor features in archive footage) look back on their extraordinary career. The documentary focuses on seven of their 14 albums, each of which represents a particular chapter in the band’s story, from their rise to fame and fortune, to the excess and creative differences that would cause them to implode, and their resurgence and continuing success. It’s followed by Duran Duran: A Night In and Duran Duran: Unstaged.

The Graham Norton Show
Friday, BBC One, 1035pm
A compilation of highlights from the current series featuring Chris Pratt, Emily Blunt, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, David Beckham, Bryce Dallas Howard, Usain Bolt, Emilia Clarke, Channing Tatum, Kylie Minogue, Dwayne Johnson, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Goldblum, Vanessa Kirby, Mary Berry and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
Friday, BBC One, 11.05pm
This is the last episode in the caustic comedian’s current series where he casts a jaundiced eye on the news, using using stand-up, review, discussion and audience interaction. Expect more bold and often outrageous statements as Boyle helps make sense of the bewildering times we live in. In order to assist in his quest, he calls on the help of Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Miles Jupp.

The Big Narstie Show
Friday, Channel 4, 11pm
Call it “Grime Norton on Acid”. UK grime sensation Big Narstie is getting his own show, having already MC-bombed such shows as Gogglebox and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Narstie will be joined by stand-up comic Mo Gilligan for this madcap show that will feature chat, news, comedy and of course some serious grime throwdowns. “Big Narstie – musician, titan of the internet and master-twister of the English language – let loose in his own anarchic late-night Channel 4 show, is the best thing to happen this year,” says producer Ben Wicks. Channel 4 are putting it on at an “experimental” late Friday night slot, which means they’re aiming it squarely at the mullered back-from-the-pub crowd.

The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan
Sunday, BBC Two, 9pm
Everybody has their comfort zone, a cosy place we don’t like putting our toe outside, but comedian and presenter Romesh Ranganathan’s comfort zone is more like a five-star hotel, with everything laid on and nothing to disturb the sense of safety and tranquility. There’s certainly no room for danger or adventure in this zone, but Ranganathan is about to be unceremoniously dragged out of it in this three-part travel series. Instead of his usual two weeks lolling by the pool in the Algarve, Ranganathan is going to visit some of the world’s most dangerous destinations, where relaxation is a million miles away, and getting an even tan is the least of your concerns.

In the first programme, Ranganathan visits the island of Haiti, one place in the Caribbean which is never associated with luxury holidays or honeymoons, to find out what the island is really like. Labelled a “shithole” by US president Donald Trump, Haiti has been battered by storms, earthquakes, epidemics and dictators, and headlines about Haiti focus on the abject poverty of many of its citizens. But is it all bad? Ranganathan meets Haitians and becomes immersed in the local culture, to find out for himself if Haiti’s negative image is deserved, or if it’s just been getting a bad press.

Imperium
BBC3, Sunday, from 10am
Daniel Radcliffe has successfully made the transition from child star to grown-up thespian, so you expect all his projects to receive a big-screen release. However, the fact that he has pushed his skills as an actor by appearing in a wide range of movies, from big budget offerings to small projects, means that not everything has made it into cinemas everywhere. Imperium received a limited released in 2016, but has had a longer life through on demand services. It pops up on the BBC iPlayer this week and is well worth a look. Radcliffe plays FBI agent Nate Foster whose boss suspects that white supremacists are involved in the illegal importing of radioactive isotopes. Keen to prove himself as an operative, Nate agrees to infiltrate a neo-Nazi group, but finds it difficult to juggle the two sides of his complex life.

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