TV shows worth watching this week: Taskmaster, Chernobyl, Dead To Me

The return of Taskmaster and a devastating Chernobyl drama are among our TV tips for what’s worth watching this week…

“Ne’er cast a clout ‘til May be out” goes the old saying. Wise words. Words to live by. Words we all definitely understand.

While polishing your clouts in readiness for the big end-of-the-month casting, you may find time to watch a bit of television, in which case here’s a guide to some fresh arrivals this week.

Including a new adult animation, the best comedy panel show around, an espionage thriller and a thought-provoking dramatisation of the world-shattering Chernobyl nuclear disaster, here’s our pick of the best new and continuing shows airing between Friday the 3rd and Thursday the 9th of May.

Come back next week for the new additions.

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Dead To Me

Friday 3rd May, Netflix

Christina Applegate is getting great write-ups for her role as a recently bereaved woman who falls in with a mysterious stranger played by Freaks & Geeks’ Linda Cardellini in this Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced ten-episode comedy drama. Here’s a trailer.

Tuca & Bertie

Friday 3rd May, Netflix

From the producer of BoJack HorsemanTuca & Bertie is an adult animated comedy series featuring The LEGO Movie 2’s Tiffany Haddish and stand-up Ali Wong as two thirty-year-old cartoon birds living that weird city life. Anarchic fun and sharp-eyed observation awaits. Here’s a trailer.

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Lucifer season 4

Wednesday 8th May, Netflix

You can’t keep a good devil down. After the FOX cancellation, Lucifer makes its Netflix debut with a fourth season that promises just as much clever, naughty fun as ever from Tom Ellis and co. Read our spoiler-free preview here.


Tuesday 7th May, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

This five-part miniseries about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster is a devastating but essential watch, and features a top-notch cast including Mad Men’s Jared Harris and a Breaking The Waves reunion between Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson. Quality, important drama that salutes the real people who lost and risked their lives to avoid an even greater disaster, and holds the guilty to account.

Taskmaster series 8

Wednesday 8th May, 9pm, Dave

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If you’ve yet to have the pleasure, Taskmaster is simply one of the most joyful series around. Which other TV show gets you inside the boot of Bob Mortimer’s car or turns Noel Fielding into a tiny banana? Five comedians, doing very silly things in the presence of creator Alex Horne and the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies. This year’s contestants are Paul Sinha, Joe Thomas, Iain Stirling, Lou Sanders and Sian Gibson. A sheer delight.

Deep State season 2

Thursday 9th May, FOX UK

Justified’s Walton Goggins plays an ex-CIA agent drawn into a political crisis overseas in the second season of Deep State. Goggins takes over from season one’s Mark Strong as the lead in this muscly espionage drama.



iZombie’s fifth and final season starts here in the UK on Netflix this Friday the 3rd of May.

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Line Of Duty series five concludes with a satisfying feature-length finale this Sunday the 5th of May at 9pm.

Movie trivia fans may enjoy Sky’s new Alan Carr-fronted film quiz There’s Something About Movies, which starts on Sky One at 9pm on Monday the 6th of May.

And over on Sky Cinema, true crime fans can see Zac Efron as serial murderer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile on Friday 3rd May at 8pm.

Horrible Histories-team comedy Ghosts continues to be great fun on BBC One on Monday nights, followed by Daisy Haggard and Laura Solon’s excellent dark UK comedy Back To Life.