Best TV to stream in May
- Brian Donaldson
- 1 May 2020
Including Isolation Stories, Antiviral Wipe and Space Force
From flower fights to family farewells, and time travelling to twin tales, there's a whole heap to enjoy on your small screens in May.
Rafe Spall and Esther Smith star in this adoption comedy-drama as a pair who can't have kids and resent those who have them and still grumble.
Apple TV+, Friday 1 May.
From the keyboard of Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks & Recreation) comes a sci-fi comedy in which humans can be uploaded into a virtual afterlife when they are nearing the end.
Amazon Prime, Friday 1 May.
Ryan Murphy's second Netflix show after The Politician stars Darren Criss, Laura Harrier and Jim Parsons as he visualises a more diverse Golden Age of Hollywood.
Netflix, Friday 1 May.
Lee Miller: A Life On The Frontline
Documentary about the 20th century female icon who was a fashion model, artist muse, photographer and war reporter.
BBC Two, Saturday 2 May.
Oscar-nominated writer Jeff Pope has taken the current state of the world by the throat to quickly pen four 15 minute-long dramas starring the likes of Sheridan Smith, Angela Griffin, David Threlfall, Robert Glenister and Eddie Marsan.
ITV, Monday 4–Thursday 7 May.
The A Word
The third series of Peter Bowker's drama arrives starring Max Vento as the ten-year-old Joe who channels life through his autism. Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Greg McHugh also appear.
BBC, Tuesday 5 May.
A second series of comedic capers in the rural yet made-up Lancashire town of Hawley begins with Vinnie trying to keep local hood Terence McCann at arms' length.
Sky One, Thursday 7 May.
Featuring the voices of Kaley Cuoco, JB Smoove and Tony Hale, this grown-up cartoon covers the titular character's split from The Joker and subsequent plan to be an arch supervillain in her own right.
E4, Thursday 7 May.
The fourth season of adventures for a time-travelling 20th-century doctor, Claire Fraser, and her 18th-century Highlander hubbie Jamie kicks off with them attempting to make a home for themselves in colonial America.
More 4, Thursday 7 May.
Captain Tom's War
Having just turned the ripe old age of 100, NHS fundraiser extraordinaire Tom Moore's has his WW2 story told here.
ITV, Friday 8 May.
This eight-part musical drama series is set in a vibrant modern-day Paris and is written by Jack Thorne with Damien Chazelle featuring among its directors.
Netflix, Friday 8 May.
Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy
Britt Ekland, Steve Coogan and Michael Palin are among those paying tribute to the man who influenced a whole generation of creative types and delighted legions of comedy fans.
BBC Two, Saturday 9 May.
I Know This Much Is True
Mark Ruffalo plays identical twins in the TV adaptation of Wally Lamb's acclaimed 1998 novel, with Rosie O'Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Kathryn Hahn and Juliette Lewis also among its exciting cast.
Sky Atlantic, Monday 11 May.
Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe
The Black Mirror showrunner returns to his televisual roots with a lockdown special in which he casts his sceptical and furious eye over the world as we now know it thanks to stupid old COVID-19.
BBC Two, Thursday 14 May.
Tonight heralds the 250th and last-ever episode of the once hilarious misadventures in the Pritchett/Dunphy households. Many will miss them but the time is probably right to bid farewell.
Sky One, Friday 15 May.
The Last Narc
A four-part documentary mini-series about the life and brutal death of Kiki Camarena, a special agent who went undercover to infiltrate a notorious Mexican drugs cartel.
Amazon Prime, Friday 15 May.
The Big Flower Fight
Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou join forces for Netflix's first ever floral installation competition programme (to our knowledge).
Netflix, Monday 18 May.
The First Team
Will Arnett plays an eccentric American who owns an English football team in a brand spanking new sitcom by Inbetweeners writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley.
BBC Two, end of May.
Another sizzling cast here with Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, Jimmy O Yang and Ben Schwartz teaming up for a comedy series in which a team of US scientists are enlisted by their egomaniacal president to get 'boots on the Moon'.
Netflix, Friday 29 May.
Dubbed as 'Black Swan in an orchestra', this six-part French thriller has a brilliant yet unorthodox conductor returning to Paris to take over the national orchestra. Sadly for her, it's nicknamed 'the maestro killer'.
All 4, Friday 29 May; Channel 4, Sunday 31 May.
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