9-1-1 on Sky Witness
9-1-1 on Sky Witness

ARTS & CULTURE

What to watch this weekend

Angela Bassett in 9-1-1, Matt Groening's new feminist cartoon and Winnie The Pooh returns to the cinema. The Slumflower shares her picks of the weekend's best TV

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9-1-1 on Sky Witness

9-1-1 is an incredibly important and provocative new drama. It gives an insight into the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters, and when you take a closer look and sit down to watch, you’re introduced to an entire universe of gentle chaos. I couldn't possibly imagine being a 9-1-1 call operator. I mean, imagine the kind of emergency calls you’d have to be emotionally and mentally prepared for! The moment I realised that the queen of opulence, Angela Bassett, stars in this show, I knew I was in for something special. She plays a tenacious yet fragile character, who is a field sergeant dealing with major issues in her marriage. Her character reminds me of myself in many ways. Connie Britton and Peter Krause are also brilliant in 9-1-1 – Britton plays Abby, an emergency call operator, while Krause takes on the role of Bobby, the captain of the fire service.

Something I’ve noticed that is wonderful about 9-1-1, is that it delves into the multi-faceted, nuanced lives of our everyday heroes who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping of situations at the sound of just one phone call. Emergency responders often don’t receive the love they deserve, but I’m certain that, through watching this show, a deeper insight into the amount of vulnerability, courage and resilience required to ease someone out of life-threatening danger will be gained. Catch up on the highly addictive 9-1-1 on Sky Witness, then tune in on Wednesdays to watch it week-by-week.

FRIDAY

Extraordinary Rituals on BBC2 at 8pm
Everybody has a personal ritual that, to the outside world, might seem absolutely nuts! For some, it’s wetting their toothbrush before applying toothpaste, only to wet the brush AGAIN (no judgement). For others, it’s sacrificing their hair to gain comfort and peace in the spiritual world – as seen in one of the episodes of Extraordinary Rituals! Mine is DROWNING my skin in tea tree oil then rubbing my entire face with both hands for about half an hour, the moment I notice a spot growing. This guarantees me smooth skin and a clear mind. What’s magnificent about this show is that it equips you with a pile of super cool facts and anecdotes you can whip out on a date. Can’t say no to extra knowledge now, can you?

Saturday

Christopher Robin in the cinema
Having grown up watching Winnie The Pooh, it’s incredibly cute and super nostalgic to see him and his cuddly friends on my screen again – but this time, they’re in fluffy 3D! I never thought I’d see this day come. I think what I find the most adorable is that Pooh still has that same gentleness to his innocent yet old voice. When Pooh said, "nothing is impossible but I do nothing everyday", I felt that! Procrastination is one of my many hidden talents and I’m proud to say that, at 23 years old, I still heavily relate to Pooh. One thing that really makes Christopher Robin sit so close to home is that it’s really for the kids who never really grew up – the kids who woke up one day and realised that adulthood is a never-ending cycle of responsibilities and escapist naps. There’s so much that can be learned from this film, but an important lesson we can all absorb from Christopher Robin is that, even when we’re 100, all that will matter is the things that brought us joy, granted us stillness and showed us peace.

Sunday

Disenchantment on Netflix
This is a magnificent cartoon about growing up in the middle ages. But this isn’t just any Medieval plot. You might recognise the style of the illustrations, because Disenchantment was created by the same legends who made The Simpsons. You can definitely expect to see loads of castles, a VERY clumsy prince but, most importantly, a female protagonist who embodies a bold, feminist spirit that most likely would have cost her her life if she was a real woman living in the 5th-15th centuries! I mean, there’s an important scene at her wedding where the moment she was asked, "Do you take this man to be your husband?" She furiously replied "NO!" and smacked the ring into the air ,which rolled across the floor and led to the unworthy prince she was meant to be marrying, accidentally impaling himself on a set of swords in an attempt to retrieve the ring. A true feminist icon. We don’t even deserve her excellence. Throughout the cartoon, she’s given room to exist in all of her facets as a woman – from breaking through a glass window to escape the frenzy of her chaotic wedding (with her knickers showing underneath her wedding dress as she gracelessly falls through the air – major LOL) to exploring being a messy butcher in a vet, to playing drinking games with sleazy men. It’s simple: the princess wants to be in charge of her own destiny.

@theslumflower

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