Emma Stone, alternative love stories, Bob Marley and 10 other shows to watch this week


This week, Kayleigh Dray reveals the black comedy series you need to add to your must-watchlist and a list of alternative love stories for your Valentine's Day viewing pleasure, while Helen Bownass talks us through the new films and TV shows dropping this week…

The New Look

The fashion dramas are coming thick and fast this year, and this series about the names behind some of Paris's most iconic brands is an all-star affair. It stars Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior, Maisie Williams as his younger sister Catherine and Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel, and the 10-part series charts how they navigated the devastating effects of the second world war and launched some of the most iconic fashion brands of their – and our – times. Wednesday 14 February; Apple TV+

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Alice & Jack

If you've already binged, sung and sobbed your way through One Day, this new Channel 4 drama that takes place over 15 years might ease some of the heartbreak. It stars Domhnall Gleeson and Andrea Riseborough as the titular characters, who have a fierce and deep connection, but Alice's past traumas mean their path to love is a tough one. Aisling Bea and Aimee Lou Wood also star. Wednesday 14 February, 9pm; Channel 4

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Bob Marley: One Love

I'm sure it's not only me that has to sing the name of this film. This biopic, made with the co-operation of the Marley family, stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as Bob and Lashana Lynch as his wife, Rita. The film opens with Bob in Jamaica, but after an assassination attempt at a peace concert, he moves to London, where he created his most iconic album, Exodus. Friday 16 February; in cinemas

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... the romantic films you've yet to fall in love with

"There's a string of tried-and-tested romantic films that people tend to turn to at this time of year," says Kayleigh. "But let's face it, we've all seen The Notebook, Titanic, When Harry Met Sally and Notting Hill well over a thousand times over by this point in our lives. And, while we love them all to little pieces, it might be time to think outside the box a bit.

"To that end, I present a selection of lesser-streamed love stories for you to enjoy on 14 February and beyond. Consider it my Valentine's Day gift to you all…"

With a couple of Academy Award nominations to its name, this charming new date movie is in cinemas now. Dropping on Netflix on 15 February, it follows two childhood friends over the course of 24 years and is likely to appeal to One Day fans – not least because it deals with love and heartbreak in such an achingly romantic way.

Is there anything better than a body-swap story? This gorgeous animated film follows two teens who, after magically swapping bodies, arrange to meet up and discuss their profound connection in person.

Mumbai's lunchbox delivery system is famed for its efficiency, which is why it must be due to the hand of fate that Ila's tiffin, made for her husband, is delivered to a stranger by mistake. Cue the blossoming of a truly unusual friendship that has the potential to change lives in the very best of ways – if only our heroes are brave enough to let it.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Brie Larson, this coming-of-age film offers up something we'll never get tired of: an unexpected romance between two opposites-attract high schoolers. Unlike so many of these stories, though, this one feels wholly realistic… and is all the better for it, too.

Set over an eventful day in Peckham and Brixton, this utterly joyful film sees two lonely people join forces for a taco-eating, karaoke-singing, record-stealing adventure. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Vivian Oparah and David Jonsson's chemistry is off the charts.

Set in 1960s Hong Kong, this genuinely romantic film follows the lonely Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) as they discover that their respective partners are cheating on them. Will they succumb to the sparks flying between them, though? Only time will tell…

... this starry black comedy is a must-watch for horror fans

"There are some shows that you can burn through in a single weekend, greedily glugging down one episode after another," says Kayleigh. "The Curse is 100% not one of those shows. In fact, I think it should come with the same sort of warning you get on a pack of painkillers: do not consume more than one episode in 24 hours… or else.

"Now, I know what you're thinking: on the surface, it doesn't sound all that stressful. A satirical takedown of reality TV, it follows Whitney (played by the perennially fabulous Emma Stone) and Asher Siegel (Nathan Fielder), an Instagram couple being followed by a camera crew as they do their utmost best to transform the small community of Española, New Mexico, into a thriving, eco-friendly city.

"Despite all their best efforts to (let's face it) gentrify the hell out of the place, though, they find themselves hitting walls left, right and centre. There's the dogged journalist who's convinced they're out to screw over the locals, for starters, and reality TV producer, Dougie (Benny Safdie), who's willing to do anything if it means good telly. Even if that means, say, squirting water in the eyes of a terminal cancer patient. There's also the eponymous curse that's allegedly been cast upon the couple. Cue an utterly mysterious – and incredibly stressful – series of events, that'll leave you questioning pretty much anything and everything. Especially those sex scenes.

"It's like someone tipped an episode or two of Queer Eye into a blender with… the entire series of Twin Peaks and a dash of Drag Me To Hell. The result is something wildly compelling, baffling and deeply unsettling. There's a reason why I had to calm my nerves after each episode with the lovely soothing TV balm that is Superstore. If that sounds like your idea of a good time, embrace the hype and give this weird one a go: you won't regret it." Watch The Curse on Paramount+ now

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