What To Watch: 04/29/2020

Not unlike the Troggs in 1967 (and to a lesser effect Wet Wet Wet in 1994), love is all around us, written in both the wind and on TV writers’ laptops, and in many varieties of forbidden.


Normal People [Hulu]
Oh, yeah. Forbidden (“tender but complicated”) love between two attractive Irish young people? Forbidden because (god, I hope that’s the only reason why) one is rich and the other isn’t? Based on a best-selling novel (by Sally Rooney) I haven’t read yet?

A Secret Love [Netflix]
Director Chris Bolan tells the long-lasting love story of his two Great Aunts — who met playing baseball in 1947 — and kept their romance in the closet for most of their seven decades together. I could not make it halfway through the trailer before bawling.

Riverdale [The CW, 8p]
The videotapes are back! And Jughead is alive! You probably already knew that. To figure out who is behind them Jughead and Charles follow new leads. Just another day in the wilds of Riverdale.



  • Nadiya Hussain’s underdog win in the sixth series of The Great British Bake-Off (or The Great British Baking Show if you’re statebound like us scholars of screens) and rise to British celebrity is an astoundingly positive story to come from the world of reality competition. The latest notch in the affable Hussain’s TV presenter belt is the wonderfully named Nadiya’s Time To Eat — which leaps from BBC to Netflix today.
  • Another Netflix-released documentary that could tear your heart apart, but for different reasons than A Secret Love, is Murder To Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story — it’s not the first doc about the subject, but the first since her sentence was commuted and she was released in 2019.
  • There’s a pair of new foreign series making their way onto Netflix today: Extracurricular from South Korea is a darker-than-it-sounds thriller about a high schooler living a double life, and Summertime is a flashy Italian love story.

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