The best new TV to stream this week – from The Shrink Next Door to Home Sweet Home Alone

SHORT on things to watch this winter? Well, look no further. The Sun has got you covered with a list of brand new shows coming to your screens. 

Whether you’re in the mood for a light-hearted Amazon Prime comedy or a fun-loving family film on Disney+, there’s no shortage of shows to binge-watch to your heart’s content. 

Home Sweet Home Alone (Disney+)

For many, 1990 family classic Home Alone remains one of the perfect festive movies.

So, why go to all the trouble of remaking it? It’s a valid question but, still, there’s plenty to enjoy in this energetic modern reboot.

The film’s release is part of Disney+ Day, a special celebration to mark the platform’s second birthday, which also features the streaming premieres of recent movies Jungle Cruise and Shang-Chi And The Legend of The Ten Rings. 

On top of that, there’s a new series of Frozen specials called Olaf Presents, in which the loveable snowman retells classic Disney tales, a new Pixar short, Ciao Alberto, which features characters from the hit movie Luca – and a whole lot more.

Available to watch from Friday, 12 November. 

The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV+)

Any series boasting the combined talents of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn is likely to be worth a watch and that’s definitely the case here. 

A very dark comedy set over a number of years, The Shrink Next Door tells the true and traumatic story of New Yorker Marty Marowitz Ferrell, the boss of a fabrics business, whose life and finances are taken over by his therapist.

On the surface, Marty has everything – money, a big house and a successful business. The only problem is, he’s too soft, people take advantage of him and the pressure of running the business is giving him panic attacks. 

On the advice of his brash but protective sister Phyllis, Marty goes to see a therapist, the flash Dr Ike Herschkopf, who promises Marty that he’ll help him take control of his life.

The first three episodes are available from Friday, 12 November. 

Beer Masters (Amazon Prime)

What’s that? A beer-brewing competition, presented by posh pop minstrel James Blunt? No, don’t worry, you’ve not had one too many, this is Beer Masters, a fun new reality series that aims to find Europe’s best new beer.

So how does it work? Well, think Bake Off but for homebrewers, pour hints of The Apprentice into the heady, hoppy mix and you’ll soon get the picture. 

Each episode, the show’s five pairs of amateur brewers – who come from places as varied as Italy, Amsterdam and Dorset – are given the task of brewing a different style of beer, one of which will be awarded gold and a place in the Beer Masters final. The beer that ultimately triumphs in the final will be launched commercially.

You don’t have to be obsessed with brewing to enjoy it – the brewers’ personalities quickly shine through, so you’ll soon be rooting for your favourites – but anyone with an interest in the craft will be hooked. Cheers!

Available to watch from Friday, 12 November. 

Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story (Amazon Prime)

This very personal docuseries is Nicola’s bid to inspire others to pursue their own dreams in spite of the challenges they come up against, and she speaks openly about her upbringing and fight to become a world champion.

It also shows her battles against racist abuse and homophobia. With contributions from the likes of Amir Khan, this is a powerful story of overcoming adversity and getting back up after being knocked down to become Britain’s golden girl.

Available to watch from Friday, 12 November. 

The World According To Jeff Goldblum (Disney+)

Hollywood favourite and all-around good guy Jeff Goldblum is an inquisitive chap. 

In the first series of his delightful documentary series, he set out to learn everything he could about subjects as varied as trainers, coffee, jewellery, bikes, denim and ice cream. 

This time around, he's turning his attention to fireworks, monsters, magic, motorcycles and much, much more.

As usual, Jeff approaches every topic, and everyone he meets along the way, with awe, excitement and enthusiasm that’s hugely infectious.

Available to watch from Friday, 12 November. 

The Curse Of The Chippendales (Amazon Prime)

During the 80s and 90s, buff, bronzed male stripping troupe The Chippendales were big news, wowing audiences across the world with their raunchy routines and raking in millions in the process. 

But behind the scenes, all was not well, as greed, jealousy and paranoia began to take hold of the men who created the phenomenon. 

This eye-popping true-crime series explains the events that led to founder Somen Banerjee being accused of hiring a hitman to kill his former Chippendales business partner and choreographer Nick De Noia, talking to former dancers, associates and fans along the way.

Available to watch from Friday, 29 October. 

Dynasty (Netflix)

This reboot of the ultimate Eighties super-soap has had a bumpy ride, with the departure of multiple cast members leading to some jarring recasts. 

But in season four, Dynasty definitely finds its groove.

There are more corporate battles between Blake Carrington and his daughter Fallon, while the outrageous plot twists keep piling up, as another long-lost Carrington arrives and the show teases the deadly question of 'Who's in the casket?' for an entire season.

Impeachment: American Crime Story (BBC iPlayer)

Telling the story of the ultimate 1990s political scandal, as then-President Bill Clinton was nearly toppled from office after an affair with an intern.

This classy US offering boasts Monica Lewinsky herself as a producer, to add authenticity, and a top cast including Beanie Feldstein, Edie Falco and the ever-reliable Sarah Paulson.

But we’ll be honest, Clive Owen is pretty unrecognisable under heavy prosthetics as Clinton. 

Only Murders In The Building (Disney+)

With Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short leading this comedy/mystery, it was always going to be a big hit – and indeed it’s been renewed for a second series. 

Tapping wryly into our thirst for true-crime podcasts, it follows three strangers in an apartment block who are suddenly presented with their own murder case to solve. 

With a rating of 100 per cent on critics’ website Rotten Tomatoes, the show was originally drip-fed to subscribers but it’s now all available to binge.

Married At First Sight Australia (All4)

Reality shows don’t get more dramatic than the addictive MAFS franchise and the Aussies seem to do it bigger, louder and crazier than us Brits. 

The explosive dinner parties, the emotional commitment ceremonies and couples retreats.

If you’re coming to this series fresh – and have somehow managed to avoid the social media furore surrounding it – brace yourself because it’s a humdinger! 

Series eight wraps up on E4 on Friday, 29 October. 

The Long Call (ITV Hub)

One of the best things about a four-part drama is that it’s a do-able evening binge watch.

This crime drama intertwined with the lead detective Matthew Venn’s links to a cult-type religion, is certainly worthy of a winter weeknight watch.

Not only does it have what’s been referred to as a ‘Rolls-Royce cast’ – including TV legends Martin Shaw and Juliet Stevenson – but there’s a creepy baptism scene that will send shivers down your spine.

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