Feel-good hit Only Murders makes a wonderful return to TV

The new season makes the building itself even more central. Its own secrets are revealed – it seems to be riddled with secret passages perfect for clandestine shenanigans. And it’s also important as a common space where people have long shared stories. That’s why, maybe, Bunny had an erotic painting of Charles’ father.

It goes without saying, Only murders remains catnip for Martin and Short fans, and a rare kind of cross-generational connection. That’s wonderful.

Magpie killings ★★★★

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Lesley Manville and Tim McMullan in Magpie killingsa thriller within a thriller based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel.Credit:Britbox

Lesley Manville is perfect in this gorgeous and beautifully crafted crime novel based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel.

Manville is Susan Ryeland, a book editor at a London publishing house whose future hinges on an upcoming mystery novel by bestselling writer Alan Conway (game of thrones‘ Hill of Conleth). When the manuscript appears without the all-important final chapter and Conway is dead, Susan heads to her country estate and turns into an amateur sleuth to try to solve the two mysteries.

The twist: The deeply obnoxious Conway based the book’s characters on the people in his life – all of whom might have wanted him dead. So things happen in parallel in fiction and in real life. Those who play different versions of their characters in both worlds include the brilliant and dependable Daniel Mays as a less-than-brilliant police detective with a bite of Suffolk accent.

Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo (The full Monty) handles the complex setup with style and aplomb, and the script gives Manville the space to build a three-dimensional character who has concerns outside of the central plot. Great.

father of the bride
Frenzy, Foxtel on demand

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 perspective of Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan in a Cuban remake of Miami father of the bride is intriguing. Sadly, this new film strips away everything that made Steve Martin’s (Disney+) 1991 version so special. There’s no narration, so there’s little information about Garcia’s character’s inner life, and an ill-conceived divorce subplot has him preoccupied with his wife (Estefan) rather than his daughter who will be soon to be married (Adria Arjona). Saturday Night LiveChloe Fineman can add little as a bossy wedding planner.

Under the bridge below

There’s hardly any dramatic ripple as this reality series brings together a highly telegenic young crew to run a luxury yacht ferrying the wealthy around the Great Barrier Reef. Perhaps the calm is coming from above – Australian skipper Jason seems like a particularly balanced guy. But with some crew members lacking the necessary work ethic, there’s potential for conflict, and sharp American chef Ryan seems likely to make cooking a flashpoint. His philosophy: not to leave the choice to the guests; just give them something they can Instagram.

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

Serial killer Paul Charles Denyer.

In 1993, serial killer Paul Denyer brutally murdered three young women around Frankston. Next year he could be released on parole. This captivating documentary ageJohn Silvester, a crime reporter, will add to the pressure on the state government to legislate to keep him in jail. The documentary is all the more powerful in avoiding the feeling that the detectives involved are reminding of the urgency of the investigation, and that the police video shows the chilling casualness with which Denyer described the details of his crimes.

The Gospel According to Andrew

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 alumni. Some knew him as this judge in a caftan from America’s Next Top Model. Some even knew him for decades as a writer and editor of some of the most important and influential magazines in the world. The most interesting aspect of this slightly overlong documentary is that Talley and many old friends remember him growing up in the remote South before embarking on a most unlikely career in New York. Worth checking out.

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