Welcome to The Lightbox, your weekly roundup of what we’re talking about at YOU by our very own Editorial Assistant, Charlotte Vossen. This week, we’re catching you up on what we’re watching this weekend – from Netflix’s Halston to the annual Eurovision Song Contest and The Pursuit of Love on BBC iPlayer.
Halston on Netflix
Set against the backdrop of 1970s and ‘80s New York, Netflix’s Halston offers a glance into the lavish life of the late fashion designer. Halston, who became a household name after Jackie Kennedy wore his pillbox hat at the 1961 inauguration, was notorious for frequenting Studio 54, his love affair with artist Victor Hugo and his cocaine addiction. The five-part biography series, written by Netflix-favourite Ryan Murphy and starring Ewan McGregor as Halston, explores the rise and fall of the socialite’s luxury fashion empire.
The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV+
A documentary series addressing mental health and emotional wellbeing might not sound like the most exhilarating watch, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on your list. Apple TV+ dropped the trailer on Monday and teased some eye-opening conversations between co-creators and producers Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey and A-list guests such as actress Glenn Close and singer-songwriter Lady Gaga. To educate viewers on the different pathways to treatment, they’re bringing in accredited and respected experts and organizations from around the world.
The Pursuit of Love on BBC iPlayer
With a star-studded cast including Lily James, Emily Beecham, Andrew Scott and Dominic West, BBC One’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit Of Love is a must-see for fans of self-indulgent romance. The three-episode series, set in Europe between the two World Wars, follows cousins and best friends Linda and Fanny as they navigate love, sex and marriage. But when one follows her heart to make wild and passionate decisions and the other one settles for a steady, sensible life, their friendship is put to the test.
Eurovision Song Contest on BBC One
Love it or hate it but after a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest is back this Saturday night. From what we’ve seen in the semi-finals, this year’s edition is guaranteed to tick all the boxes – we’re talking badly-written pop tunes, sequined outfits and flashing lights, although some countries might surprise you. As usual, Graham Norton will be providing commentary and Amanda Holden has been tasked with presenting the results of the UK at the end of the night.
The Nevers on Sky Atlantic and Now
Perfect for fans of Netflix’s The Irregulars, The Nevers chronicles the escapades of a group of women with abnormal abilities in 19th-century London calling themselves the ‘Touched’. With mentions of orphans, aliens, spaceships and a ten feet tall sixteen-year-old girl, this Victorian sci-fi drama includes more than enough mysterious elements to keep you on your toes throughout the first six episodes. Our advice? Just go with it. The characters are complex, the plotlines are bonkers and not all your questions will be answered in the first season, but overall it’s a fun watch.