Sick of safe and boring terrestrial telly?
We’ve compiled the best shows to stream this week, including a sleazy Scandi crime series, and a lurid Amazon Prime docuseries about the most famous male strip-tease troupe in the world.
Curse of the Chippendales
Sex, murder, drugs and baby oil make up the mix of this flashy but gaudily entertaining cocktail of a true-crime docuseries.
Following the 1980s rise of LA-based male strip outfit The Chippendales, it’s a throwback to big hair, tiny thongs and lust-fuelled hedonism that strips the glamour from the stripping industry.
Once it was all about Denmark and Scandi-noir but now, thanks to Squid Game, South Korea is having its turn as the coolest kid on the TV block.
Which means this doomily atmospheric horror series (above), featuring impressively rendered, death-delivering demons, will depress the bejesus out of millions more than it would have done a year ago. Sleep well.
There’s an upliftingly punky backstory to this comedy, which follows the (yes) hapless misadventures of Paul Green (Tim Downie), a reporter on fictional rag The Jewish Enquirer.
Writer/director Gary Sinyor self-financed the project and it could have languished in streaming obscurity. But now, signed to Netflix, it’s getting rave reviews. It’s bang on the cringe zeitgeist.
We’re in Norway but there’s something sleazily relatable about this tale of big-money backhanders and high-level corruption — sleaze with a capital S. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal plays Ida, a lawyer who finds her moral code compromised when her boss asks her to turn a blind eye to the finagling of her firm’s wealthy client.
Will Ida stay schtum?