1/ The Street

When:
Monday, 9pm BBC1

Why should I watch it?
Anna Friel is a wonderful woman, and her performance in The Street is a convincing reminder that she’s a fine actress. She stars in episode two of the six-part series about folk who live in or around one street in Lancashire: kind of like Coronation Street but without any of the problems of being shit. In fact, it’s very good, and Friel is feisty as Dee, an attractive single mother of two boys, one of which is getting bullied. She works hard, real hard, for her kids, and not always doing things that she’d want them to know about. These bad things come back to bite her whoring arse when her plumber boyfriend, Mark, introduces her to his dad who, it turns out, has been visiting Dee when she works as Ruby in a ‘casino’ at weekends.

As you can imagine, this doesn’t end well. And the programme’s finale, like the whole series, is hard-hitting in the way that Shameless made popular, that contrasts northern grit and poverty with a pungent streak of black humour. So pretty much great, then.

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.

2/ Headshrinkers of the Amazon

When:
Wednesday, 8pm Five

Why should I watch it?
If you’ve been dreaming about watching a documentary about the Shuar people of Ecuador who decapitate their enemies and shrink their heads, your time has come. And somewhat impressively, this programme has uncovered footage of the Amazonians in action, reducing people’s noggins to the size of tennis balls. Great! Real-life murder! A perfect accompaniment to dinner! There’s info about the modern black market here too and it’s one of those programmes that you come away from feeling embarrassed about not giving the real world enough credit for being totally mental.

Show me where:
Watch it on the Five player.

3/ How Not To Live Your Life

When:
Monday, 10pm BBC1

Why should I watch it?
Dan Clark is a comedian who writes, and plays Don in, the comedy How Not To Live Your Life, a programme which could rocket Clarke to Ricky Gervais levels off fame if the stories about CBS developing an American version and Clark being sniffed out by Matt Damon’s Hollywood agent are true. And they probably are. But HNTLYL is nowhere near as good as The Office, it’s just fortunate enough to star Clark who’s an easy man to like as the amusingly ungrateful Don who lives confused and overwhelmed in the massive house his Gran gave him. The gags focus on dry, lonely, student, slacker, ‘British’ humour, which is the best kind of humour. And ex-Hollyoaks floozy Sinead Moynihan stars as Don’s love interest, who lives with him and has loud sex in the bedroom next to his. He’s not so keen on that aspect of their relationship.

Show me where:
Watch it on BBC iPlayer.