The best TV this week: Jez Butterworth’s terrifyingly bonkers Britannia

The best TV this week: Jez Butterworth’s terrifyingly bonkers Britannia


What did the Romans ever do for us? If this deeply eccentric and wildly entertaining new Jez Butterworth drama is to be believed, they arrived in Britain, met the terrifyingly deranged locals and realised they’d bitten off more than they could chew. David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly and a barely recognisable Mackenzie Crook star.

Thu, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Drug Lords

As epics such as Narcos have shown, Netflix clearly has a taste for fictional representations of drug kingpins. This documentary series concentrates on the facts. How do these real-life bosses get to the top and then stay there?

Available from Friday, Netflix

Monie Love

That’s what I want… Monie Love

Ed Sheeran suggests it’s anything but an exact science. But this lively three-part series explores the picaresque and sometimes ethically dubious process by which pop stars (including Monie Love) are placed before us. Expect to have a few illusions shattered.

Fri, 9pm, BBC Four

A second series for this Nish Kumar vehicle, which failed to convince during its first run. A spin-off from the Daily Mash website, it’s a satirical shiny-floor show that, despite the odd sharp moment, struggled to find a tone. Hopefully it will bed in, because the times are ripe for satire.

Thu, 10pm, BBC Two

A searching insight into how the other half live, this doc follows women as they fight for a share of their husbands’ fortunes.

Wed, 9pm, BBC Two

Sheila Hancock as Mimi in Delicious

Cooking with gas… Sheila Hancock as Mimi in Delicious. Photograph: Laura Radford

The final episode of the foodie potboiler starring Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Aaron Anthony and Tanya Reynolds. Inside the Penrose Hotel, trouble is brewing as Sam and Gina reveal the secret that Adam has been hiding. The air is cleared at last but nothing can ever be the same. So will French’s Gina be forced to leave her beloved Penrose behind and start again?

Fri, 9pm, Sky1

It is hard to believe that Melvyn Bragg has been ploughing this furrow for four decades now. Inevitably, the show has made the odd dodgy call – it would be interesting to revisit the 2004 edition about Norfolk soft metal parodists the Darkness, for example. But an SBS appearance is still a rite of middlebrow artistic passage.

Sun, 9pm, Sky Arts

The Great British Daub Off returns, with Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner hosting once again. The talent search gets under way with the first batch of contenders attempting to paint celebrity sitters including Michaela Coel, David Tennant and James Morrison.

Tue, 8pm, Sky Arts

Before We Die

Swede sensation… Before We Die

Yet another crepuscular crime thriller from the mean streets of Scandinavia. This time we’re in Stockholm, making the acquaintance of Hanna Svensson (Marie Richardson), a cop so uncompromising she banged up her own son. Now she’s having to deal with the abduction of her colleague and lover, will her past come back to haunt her?

Tue, 11pm, Channel 4

The odd-couple drama starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin returns. Look out for Lisa Kudrow who joins the show as a new love interest.

Available from Friday, Netflix

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