watch Dumplin this weekend on Netflix

Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman in the heartbreaking Care, Dumplin’ on Netflix and the life and times of the one and only Barbra Streisand.



Yes that was a Friends joke, but Jen-An’s latest character couldn’t be further away from the prim and proper almost-socialite Rachel Green. In Dumplin’, she plays Rosie, a smallish-town pageant idol and mother to Willowdean, who she lovingly – if a little harshly – calls Dumplin’. Fed up of the rigid contraints of what is considered beautiful in her mother’s world, Dumplin decides she is going to enter the pageant anyway and inadvertently sparks a body-positivity movement across the town. It’s so brilliantly executed and sensitive to it’s potentially contraversial topics, that it makes you wonder why on earth Netflix even bothered with their misguided, fat-shaming film Insatiable. The less said about that, the better, so read our interview with the incomparable Dolly Parton, who did the soundtrack for Dumplin’, instead.

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Just in time for Christmas, Jamie Oliver and his mate Jimmy are back on Southend pier, cooking up culinary delights for anyone who can be arsed to walk to the end. In the opening episode of the sixth series (sixth!), the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker joins the pair to knock up a roast pork, complete with yummy crispy crackling. The best bit though? She gets upset that she’s worn Spanx and can’t eat as much as she would have. Imagine being upset that this woman is at the helm of one of Britain’s much-loved institutions – being upset you wore Spanx is a British institution, right?


Care, Sunday 9pm, BBC One

Sheridan Smith returns to telly on Sunday in what might be one of her greatest and most affecting performances yet. She plays Jenny, a single, busy mother-of-two juggling all things single busy mothers juggle. More prominently, she’s also the daughter of Mary, who without any warning, suddenly suffers a stroke while at the wheel. What follows is a tale of bureaucracy, difficult decisions and a painfully honest of portrait of how, in situations like this, the NHS’ hands are tied, as Jenny struggles to find a place for her mother in a full-time care facility. The story will hit home for many, and offer a window into what life is like for the thousands of adults struggling to care for both their poorly parents, themselves and their own kids.

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Barbra Streisand: Becoming An Icon 1942-1984, Saturday 10:20pm, BBC Four

Need I say more? An hour in the company  woman, the legend that is Barbra Streisand and her amazing voice is just what we need on a cold Decemeber Saturday night.


Ex-editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman has revealed that she’s working on a drama about a British fashion magazine in the 90s, and we’re very, very excited about it. It’s being created by the team behind Sky’s A Discovery Of Witches, so we know the production value are going to be out of this world.

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