Feel-good hit makes a marvelous return to TV

Feel-good hit makes a marvelous return to TV

The new season makes the apartment building itself even more central. Its own secrets are being revealed – it appears to be riddled with secret passageways perfect for clandestine skulduggery. And it’s also significant as a common space in which people have long shared histories. That’s why, perhaps, Bunny happened to have an erotic painting of Charles’ father.

Needless to say, Only Murders remains catnip for fans of Martin and Short, and a rare kind of cross-generational connection. It’s wonderful.

Magpie Murders ★★★★

Lesley Manville and Tim McMullan in <i>Magpie Murders</i>, a whodunit-within-a-whodunit based on the novel by Anthony Horowitz.” loading=”lazy” src=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.663%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_209%2C$y_93/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/314e398cdb10815f8c5aeb87a33cba104f9f8318″ height=”224″ width=”335″ srcset=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.663%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_209%2C$y_93/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/314e398cdb10815f8c5aeb87a33cba104f9f8318, https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.663%2C$multiply_0.8862%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_209%2C$y_93/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/314e398cdb10815f8c5aeb87a33cba104f9f8318 2x”/></picture></div><figcaption class=

Lesley Manville and Tim McMullan in Magpie Murdersa whodunit-within-a-whodunit based on the novel by Anthony Horowitz.Credit:Britbox

Lesley Manville is perfect in this handsome and beautifully crafted whodunit-within-a-whodunit based on the novel by Anthony Horowitz.

Manville is Susan Ryeland, a book editor at a London publishing house whose future hangs on a forthcoming murder-mystery from bestselling writer Alan Conway (Game Of Thrones‘ Conleth Hill). When the manuscript turns up minus the all-important final chapter and Conway turns up dead, Susan heads out to his country estate and turns amateur sleuth to try to solve both mysteries.

The twist: the deeply unpleasant Conway based the characters in the book on people in his life – all of whom might have wanted him dead. So things play out in parallel in fiction and in real life. Those playing different versions of their characters in the two worlds include the reliably brilliant Daniel Mays as a less-than-brilliant police detective with a mouthful of a Suffolk accent.

Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) handles the complex set-up with style and aplomb, and the script affords Manville the space to build a three-dimensional character who has concerns outside the central plot. Brilliant.

Father of the Bride
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Andy Garcia and Adria Arjona in the remake of <i>Father Of The Bride.” loading=”lazy” src=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.335%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_765%2C$y_175/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/4ccdca08f77ad4a3d466adfaa1f764fec19af537″ height=”224″ width=”335″ srcset=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.335%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_765%2C$y_175/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/4ccdca08f77ad4a3d466adfaa1f764fec19af537, https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.335%2C$multiply_0.8862%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_765%2C$y_175/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/4ccdca08f77ad4a3d466adfaa1f764fec19af537 2x”/></picture></div><figcaption class=

Andy Garcia and Adria Arjona in the remake of Father Of The Bride.Credit:HBO Max/Binge

The prospect of Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in a Miami Cuban-flavored remake of Father of the Bride is an intriguing one. Sadly, this new movie strips out everything that made the 1991 Steve Martin version (Disney+) so special. There’s no narration, so there’s little insight into the inner life of Garcia’s character, and an ill-conceived divorce subplot makes him preoccupied with his wife (Estefan) rather than his soon-to-be married daughter (Adria Arjona). Saturday Night Live‘s Chloe Fineman can add little as a bossy wedding planner.

Below Deck Down Under

There’s scarcely a ripple of drama as this reality series assembles a highly telegenic young crew to run a luxury charter yacht taking rich folk around the Great Barrier Reef. Perhaps the calm comes from the top – Australian skipper Jason seems an especially level-headed sort. But with some crew members lacking the necessary work ethic there’s potential for conflict, and spiky American chef Ryan seems likely to make the galley a flashpoint. His philosophy: don’t give the guests a choice; just give them something they can Instagram.

Revealed: No Mercy, No Remorse
Stan, from Thursday*

Serial killer Paul Charles Denyer.

Serial killer Paul Charles Denyer.

In 1993 serial killer Paul Denyer viciously murdered three young women around Frankston. Next year he could be free on parole. This compelling documentary by The Age‘s veteran crime reporter John Silvester will add to pressure on the state government to legislate to keep him in prison. The documentary is all the most powerful for eschewing sensation as detectives involved recalling the urgency of the investigation, and as police video shows the chilling casualness with which Denyer described the details of his crimes.

The Gospel According to Andre

Fashion writer Andre Leon Talley is the subject of this documentary.

Fashion writer Andre Leon Talley is the subject of this documentary.Credit:AP/Evan Agostini

Some people knew Andre Leon Talley as one of Andy Warhol’s old crowd. Some knew him as that kaftan-wearing judge from America’s Next Top Model. Some even knew him for his decades as a writer and editor at some of the world’s biggest and most influential magazines. The most interesting aspect of this slightly over-long documentary has Talley and numerous old friends recalling him growing up in the segregated South before embarking on a most unlikely career in New York. Well worth checking out.

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