Public Service Announcement 31 of 2017: Atypical, Valkyrien, False Flag, The Man Who Fought The Planners: the Story of Ian Nairn

More Netflix. Atypical is an eight-part family comedy about 18-year-old Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, and starting to take an interest in girls. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport play Sam’s parents. The critics kind of like it, mostly (Netflix, available now).

And more Walter Presents. Valkyrien is a drama from Norway, although – refreshingly, perhaps – not about dysfunctional cops dodging the snow to solve the inventive and brutal killing of a young woman. Instead it picks up and runs with a device familiar to those of us who watch American procedurals – the underground doctor who provides clandestine treatment to those who don’t want to go to normal hospitals. The first episode is going to be broadcast in the old-fashioned way, then the whole thing will be available on All 4 for (ew) “bingeing” (Sunday 13 August, 9pm, Channel 4).

The next two fall into the ICYMI category. Israeli drama False Flag (Kfulim) started a couple of weeks ago, but both of the episodes shown so far are still available on catch-up. Five apparently ordinary citizens suddenly find themselves drawn into an international crisis when they discover, via media reports, that their identities have been stolen and used by the perpetrators of the abduction of an Iranian politician from an Russian hotel. It’s loosely based on the real-life story of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, alleged to have been carried out by Mossad agents using false passports; and it’s supposed to be quite good (Mondays, 9pm, FOX UK).

Finally, something I can recommend because I’ve seen it, although I’m prepared to concede that it’s a little bit, uh, niche. The Man Who Fought The Planners: the Story of Ian Nairn is a terrific documentary about the incendiary and brilliant Nairn, an architectural critic, writer, and broadcaster whose tragically early alcohol-related death robbed us of a unique voice. If you’re interested in architecture, journalism, post-war Britain, or urban planning, this is for you (Sunday 13 August, 12.15 am – i.e. early Monday, if you see what I mean – BBC 4).


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