Television Picks of the Week – 31/08/20

Television Picks of the Week – 31/08/20
by Alison Traynor

As August fades into September and the summer draws to a close, you will likely find yourself searching for something new to fill your down-time. To help you on your way, No More Workhorse has compiled the following list outlining the best films and series on television and streaming platforms which are due to be released over the next seven days. Happy watching!

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman fans are in for a treat this week because his latest offering, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, debuts on Netflix on September 4. By all accounts, Kaufman comes out of left field with this feature, swapping comedic drama for intense psychological horror. The film, which is based on Ian Reid’s novel of the same name, stars Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons and the ever-brilliant horror veteran Toni Collette. Buckley plays a young woman who, despite misgivings, travels with her boyfriend to his family’s isolated farm, only to become stranded there when a snowstorm hits. While spending time making uncomfortable small talk with your significant other’s family is the stuff of nightmares for many people, things inevitably become a whole lot more disturbing than the average father-in-law’s inappropriate dad jokes.


The news that we have all been waiting for is here! Although it is not technically a new release, David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) will be added to Netflix on September 1. Whether you are a true crime buff or just enjoy a good thriller, Zodiac is a first-rate film which rewards numerous viewings. Based on chilling real-life events, the film focuses on the manhunt for the infamous Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who committed a number of homicides in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s, all the while taunting police and the media with ciphers and cryptic letters. The mystery of the killer’s identity remains unsolved even today but Zodiac, aided by career-defining performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., propelled the case to the forefront of public consciousness once again upon its release.

Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits

If you are feeling miserable because the concert tickets that you purchased pre-coronavirus have been rendered null and void for the foreseeable future, then watching Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits could be the ideal cure. It may not quite be the 3Arena, but why not immerse yourself in some hard-hitting tunes in the comfort of your own, decidedly less sticky home? If this sounds like a favourable proposition, No More Workhorse recommends that you tune in to Sky Arts on September 6, where this deep-diving documentary will be shown. An all-female punk band which formed in London in 1976, The Slits took the world by storm with their innovative sound and bold attitude. Whether you are a punk rock aficionado or simply have a passing interest in the genre, there is plenty to be learned from Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits.



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