This week’s top seven shows to stream include Squid Game: The Challenge to One Night.
Selection of the week
Squid Game: The Challenge
RASE There is no doubt that this reality show is dedicated to the original concept of the South Korean drama – the participants wear green tracksuits with numbers and reside in a large dormitory with identical bunk beds. However, as hundreds of players compete for the largest prize in reality TV history of $4.56 million, it becomes apparent that what was once a sharp satire against capitalism in the show now feels bleak and merciless when enacted in real life. This is not to say that it is not highly entertaining – as the strategies and alliances form, it is difficult to look away from the unfolding spectacle. But as the games take their toll (although no one actually dies, there are plenty of tears and panic attacks), you may feel a bit uneasy afterwards.
Netflix, from Wednesday 22 November
of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man is King
“In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is considered the ruler.”
Vinnie Jones, a former footballer, continues to experience unexpected changes in his life on a reality show that has a tragic undertone. In 2019, Jones’s spouse Tanya passed away after a six-year battle with skin cancer. This event led Jones to depart from Los Angeles, where he had built a successful film career, and return to the United Kingdom. The show follows Jones and a team of builders as they work to renovate a rundown farm in West Sussex into a sustainable home and business. The emotional weight behind the project makes Jones a likable figure to support.
On Monday, November 20th, 2021 at 12:00 AM, Discovery+ will be available.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The well-known tale by Margery Williams about a toy rabbit that comes to life thanks to the love of its owner has been brought to the big and small screens numerous times. The most recent adaptation combines animation and live-action, with Phoenix Laroche portraying the main character William. Despite being overly cute and whimsical, the film’s purpose is to be a sugary treat for the holiday season.
On Wednesday, November 22nd, Apple TV+ will be available.
The Life Coach for Psychopaths
The documentary about Lewis Raymond Taylor tells a compelling story of his journey from a troubled childhood to becoming a successful life coach with a business worth $25m. It delves into his struggles with alcoholism, time in prison, and diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, but at times it seems to glorify him. While there is a 15-minute segment dedicated to his love life, the potential exploitation of vulnerable people through his business’s use of social media is barely touched upon. Overall, it is an intriguing but somber tale that could have delved deeper into important issues.
Starting Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, Netflix will be available.
Hannah Waddingham will be spending Christmas at home.
This Christmas special is a throwback to old-school entertainment, featuring the energy and charm of Ted Lasso and Eurovision sensation Hannah Waddingham. It takes place at the London Coliseum and includes a mix of comedy, dance, singing, and special appearances from Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ryder, the London Gay Men’s Chorus, and Nick Mohammed (Waddingham’s co-star in Ted Lasso). With frequent costume changes and simulated snowfall, it has a cheesy but ultimately irresistible charm.
Apple TV+, from Wednesday 22 November
One Trillion Dollars
John Fontanelli, also known as Philip Froissant, is a young adult who currently works as a delivery person. However, his life is about to take a drastic turn when he unexpectedly inherits $1 trillion. But there’s a condition attached to the fortune – he must tackle the urgent issue of climate change by revolutionizing economic structures and challenging some of the most influential and perilous individuals in the world. Based on the novel by Andreas Eschbach, this story is excessively grandiose and dramatic, but Froissant’s character remains charming.
On November 23, 2021, Paramount+ will be available.
A clique of grown-up acquaintances brought together and separated by a distressing occurrence during their teenage years? While this scenario may seem typical, the Australian drama stands out thanks to the stellar acting of Jodie Whittaker, Nicole Da Silva, and Yael Stone as three women in their middle age who have grown distant from their once-close friendship but are unable to move on from their shared past. As if things couldn’t get worse, one of them has written a book about the event. When they reunite in their hometown – grappling with mental health issues, alcoholism, and aging parents – old wounds are quickly reopened.
Paramount+, from Friday 24 November