Best new TV to watch in February
- Brian Donaldson
- 1 February 2021
Including Deutschland 89, Firefly Lane and Ramy
From finance thrillers to football documentaries, plus shows about post-punk, polar stations and Pittsburgh cops, and with performances from Andrea Riseborough, Ramy Youssef, Chloë Sevigny and Snoopy, there's plenty to enjoy on your small screens in February.
Fresh from the 2008 novel by Kristin Hannah comes a great vehicle for the comedic and dramatic talents of Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl as they play two pals and workmates from school days through to their mid 40s.
Netflix, Wednesday 3 February.
Already a big hit in Italy, Roberto 'Gomorrah' Saviano's tale of the global cocaine industry is likely to be a tense and terrifying viewing experience. A large multinational cast is joined by Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne.
Sky Atlantic, Thursday 4 February.
Those Who Kill
Based on a Danish TV series, this short-lived drama from 2014 gets another shot at life, with Chloë Sevigny starring as a Pittsburgh homicide detective who hunts serial killers while trying to uncover the truth about her own brother's disappearance.
Fox, Thursday 4 February.
A big hit on Starzplay, Channel 4 have snapped up this terrific series about a young American Muslim who, it would be fair to say, is struggling with his faith. Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe for his central performance, but the ensemble cast is also terrific.
Channel 4, Friday 5 February.
The Snoopy Show
Among all the fictional dogs we have, Snoopy is surely one of the most loveable. This canine character from Peanuts gets some all-new adventures alongside chums Woodstock, Linus and Lucy.
Apple TV+, Friday 5 February.
'How far would you go to protect the ones you love?' is the tagline for this Scandi psycho-thriller about a smalltown community rising up after being terrorised for too long by one seemingly unhinged and dangerous individual.
All 4, Friday 5 February.
Delving deep into Britain's music and social history, Stewart Lee's documentary about post-punk outfit The Nightingales and in particular their enigmatic leader Robert Lloyd is directed by Michael Cumming who also shot Brass Eye and Toast Of London.
Sky Arts, Saturday 6 February.
A murder-mystery thriller set in an isolated Antarctic research station, this eerie six-parter was actually shot on a set in Tenerife. John Lynch, Laura Bach and Alexandre Willaume are among those involved in a curious case.
Starzplay, Sunday 7 February.
Darcey Bussell's Wild Coasts Of Scotland
Former Royal Ballet principal and Strictly judge Bussell swaps her pointe shoes for chunky walking boots to explore the stunning landscapes off Scotland's west coast where she will do some dancing and a bit of wild swimming.
More 4, Monday 8 February.
Darren McGarvey's Class Wars
Across four episodes, Poverty Safari author McGarvey meets the haves and have-nots across Scotland, exploring the existence and impact of social class and challenging his own perceptions.
BBC Scotland, Tuesday 9 February.
Can't Get You Out Of My Head: An Emotional History Of The Modern World
New work by Adam Curtis is always a cause for small-screen celebration, with the creator of idiosyncratic documentaries such as HyperNormalisation and Bitter Lake now bringing us a series of six films which trace the various forces that have led the West (plus China and Russia) to where we are now.
BBC iPlayer, Thursday 11 February.
This six-part French drama follows the re-igniting of passion between Victoire and Florent. a couple who were each other's first love. Despite the fact they both have spouses and children, their intense attraction cannot be denied. And then Florent's wife disappears …
All 4, Friday 12 February.
My Mum Tracy Beaker
For a certain demographic, the life and times of Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker will have left indelible marks. And now, would you believe, Tracy (Dani Harmer) is a parent to Jess (Emma Maggie Davies), trying to avoid the mistakes which made her own childhood so fraught.
CBBC, Friday 12 February.
The machinations of love, power and politics in Atlanta, Georgia, are at the centre of this sizzling new legal drama starring Robin Givens and Essence Atkins as old friends who are now professional adversaries.
Starzplay, Sunday 14 February.
Set in London's investment banking world, this glitzy series follows a young Italian trader Massimo (Alessandro Borghi) who feels very miffed after being passed over for promotion by his American mentor Dominic (Patrick Dempsey). Everything changes when Massimo uncovers scandals and dark secrets.
Sky Atlantic, Wednesday 17 February.
About time David E Kelley (Big Little Lies) had a new crime drama out, and here it is in the shape of a nine-parter about two private detectives searching for kidnapped sisters. Ryan Phillippe and Kylie Bunbury plays the investigators.
Disney+, Tuesday 23 February.
When Maradona died recently, the debate over the best footballer ever was resurrected. Those on the Edson Arantes do Nascimento side get a chance to savour their idol with this documentary which focuses on his World Cup glory (he only went and won three of them).
Netflix, Tuesday 23 February.
The third and final series arrives of Deutschland, the series which kickstarted Channel 4's plunge into European drama. It's 1989 and the Berlin Wall is falling, leading to an uncertain future for those on both sides.
More 4, Friday 26 February.
Man In Room 301
Originally penned by Kate Ashfield (Liz from Shaun Of The Dead), this Finnish drama (the BBC's first from that nation), follows a family whose lives are shattered when their two-year-old son is killed by a mysterious gunshot. Some years later, the family encounter a man who they believe pulled that trigger.
BBC Four, Saturday 27 February.
It's time for a second season of the DC origins story about former SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth who works alongside young billionaire Thomas Wayne in order to halt the spread of fascism in 1960s Britain. Some of those names may well be familiar to you.
Starzplay, Sunday 28 February.
Check our coverage throughout February for reviews of many of these shows.