This week’s home entertainment: from Greta Thunberg to I Can See Your Voice | Television

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The face of the global school strikes movement and hotly tipped Nobel prize recipient Greta Thunberg is the focus of this three-part docuseries. It follows her journey across the globe in 2019 to witness the natural devastation caused by the climate crisis and to meet with global leaders along the way.
Monday 12 April, 9pm, BBC One

John Stamos takes the lead role in this high school series. After his unceremonious dismissal from being head coach of a men’s college basketball team, Marvyn Korn (Stamos) gets one last shot at redemption with the chance to lead the women’s team at an elite girls’ private school.
Friday 16 April, Disney+

Thirty years after his small-screen debut in sitcom In Living Color, Jamie Foxx returns to TV with this gentle comedy about a dad trying to connect with his young daughter (Kyla-Drew). As well as the hapless parent, Foxx also plays ludicrous evangelist Rev Sweet Tee.
Wednesday 14 April, Netflix

Aidan Turner as Leonardo.
Renaissance man … Aidan Turner as Leonardo. Photograph: Angelo Turetta

This lavish eight-part drama explores the life of the 15th-century, high Renaissance Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci (Aidan Turner), focusing on his work, personal struggles and his relationships with both men and women. The latter is represented by the disputed figure of his “muse” Caterina da Cremona.
Friday 16 April, Amazon Prime Video

Brian Gleeson stars as the titular Frank, a 32-year-old failed musician living with his mum, in this sweary sitcom co-written with his brother Domhnall (who stars as sidekick Doofus). The slacker premise also riffs on a different film each episode.
Thursday 15 April, 10pm, Channel 4

The latest dose of hobbyist talent show TV focuses on the art of jewellery-making. Comedian Katherine Ryan hosts this six-part series, filmed in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, in which eight jewellers compete via a series of challenging briefs.
Tuesday 13 April, 8pm, BBC Two

I Can See Your Voice
Hearing things … I Can See Your Voice. Photograph: Ray Burmiston

If you found The Voice too gimmicky, or The Masked Singer too bonkers, brace yourself for this Paddy McGuinness-fronted competition in which contestants pretend to sing while celebrity judges try to work out if they can actually sing. Amanda Holden is involved.
Saturday 10 April, 7.20pm, BBC One

Released to coincide with Earth Day 2021, this documentary – narrated by David Attenborough – looks at how the global lockdown affected the natural world. There are uplifting stories about communicating whales and capybaras appearing in South American suburbs.
Friday 16 April, Apple TV+

Emily Watson stars as forensic specialist Dr Emma Robertson in this three-part psychological drama based on the novel by Clara Salaman. Sent to assess suspect Connie, the so-called “yummy mummy monster”, played by Denise Gough, Robertson is soon manipulated into getting too close to her patient, with potentially deadly results.
Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 April, 9pm, ITV

Joe Lycett is back on The Great British Sewing Bee
Needled … Joe Lycett is back on The Great British Sewing Bee. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon

The charming craft series on tailoring returns for a seventh series. It is once again fronted by comic Joe Lycett, while judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant return. Expect hem dramas, sewing machine malfunctions and sequins galore.
Wednesday 14 April, 9pm, BBC One

Podcasts

Michelle Tea capitalises on our current fascination with all things new age in this series, inviting a celebrity guest on each week to discuss how mysticism has affected their lives and careers. Highlights include the musician Phoebe Bridgers recounting how witchcraft assists her songwriting, and writer Roxane Gay exploring the notion of a “soulmate”.
Weekly, Spotify

TV doctor Michael Mosley launches this new bite-size podcast series with each 15-minute episode exploring a different way to improve your wellbeing with one simple step. The recommended tips include taking a cold shower, going on an early morning walk, eating fermented foods, and doing daily press-ups.
Weekly, BBC Sounds

Michelle Tea presents Your Magic
Witches brew … Michelle Tea presents Your Magic. Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian

Bringing you the Guardian’s weekly dispatches of in-depth reporting in audio form, recent episodes of The Audio Long Read have included everything from the deeply emotional story of Avril Henry’s attempt at assisted suicide to a tribute to the late Guardian reporter Martin Woollacott.
Twice weekly, the Guardian

For the fifth season of this poetic audio series on creativity, journalist Laura Barton explores the theme of rhythm, weaving in the experiences of artists who use cadence as part of their work. First up it’s folk veteran Peggy Seeger, speaking from her home in Oxford and pondering her family and personal relationships.
Weekly, widely available

Instagram-famous comedian Benito Skinner’s hot streak continues via this new pod in which he and Mary Beth Barone discuss their latest obsessions. Episode one focuses on everything from Ariana Grande’s social media etiquette to the Spice Girls’ 1997 SNL performance, while episode two discusses the Kardashians.
Weekly, widely available

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal
Sounded out … Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal. Photograph: Alamy

Film

(15) (Darius Marder) 120 mins
Is deafness a disability? That’s the question facing heavy rock drummer and recovering addict Ruben (the justly Oscar-nominated Riz Ahmed) when he suddenly loses his hearing. He agrees to stay at a deaf community to try to find answers in a thoughtful drama revolving round sound and its absence.
Amazon Prime Video, out Mon 12 April; in cinemas 17 May

(12) (Francisco Márquez) 96 mins
Middle-class guilt weighs heavily on Elisa Carricajo’s Argentinian lecturer Cecilia in this finely calibrated thriller, after her scared refusal to help her housekeeper Nebe’s son one night leads to tragedy. Paranoia envelops her, while the social divide with Nebe becomes ever more distinct.
On digital

(15) (Max Barbakow) 90 mins
It’s Groundhog Day but this time there are two people in the loop. This genial romantic comedy set on a wedding day sees the sister of the bride (Cristin Milioti) trapped in a recurring 24 hours with Andy Samberg’s guest. The leads make for excellent sparring partners in a film that wears its life lessons lightly.
Amazon Prime Video

Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer in Thunder Force.
Double impact … Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer in Thunder Force. Photograph: Hopper Stone

(Cert TBC) (Ben Falcone) 107 mins
Melissa McCarthy and writer-director (and spouse) Falcone are back with a superhero comedy. She plays an old friend of scientist Octavia Spencer who accidentally gets superpowers on a visit to her lab, resulting in a rather atypical crime-fighting duo.
Netflix

(18) (Samuel Van Grinsven) 80 mins
This fervid Australian coming-of-age thriller stars Conor Leach as 16-year-old Sequin, whose app-based hook-ups with guys lead him to the sex party of the title and into a volatile situation with an older man.
On digital

With all the sublime shiftiness you’d expect from a Daphne du Maurier story, Roger Michell’s 2017 adaptation, set in 1830s Cornwall, gives a tasty role to Rachel Weisz as a mysterious, seductive widow. She turns up in the life of Philip (Sam Claflin) after the unusual death of her husband, his cousin. But what is she after?
Sunday 11 April, 10.55pm, Channel 4



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