The Guardian

Democracy in chaos and the King goes to Wrexham

BBC Two/iPlayer ★★★★☆

In this gruesome and gripping three-parter, the former political editor of the BBC uses her insider knowledge and chunky address book to examine why we have had five prime ministers in 10 years, and why this is “a normbusting, convention-defying” period of political history. She starts with the Brexit referendum in 2016. Civil servants who have never spoken on camera before tell Kuenssberg that there was no plan for a leave victory. The whole documentary is a treasure trove of newsworthy snipes and seemingly minor revelations that coalesce into a picture of a government in permanent crisis. This is an exhaustive and thorough insiders’ account of political turmoil. There are two episodes to go, if you can bear it. Rebecca Nicholson

My Mum, Your Dad ITV1/ITVX ★★★★☆

Billed as “a middle-aged

Love Island”, it was a wasted opportunity not calling this new reality show Love Handles Island. Overseen by Davina McCall, four single mums and four single dads have been nominated by their adult children to enter a show in which they are hoping to find love. The twist is that the kids will be – unbeknown to the parents – watching everything from a surveillance room. “Do we have any sickbags?” asks one, speaking for all. Nobody wants to see their parents in flirt mode. Still, it soon becomes clear that, unlike Love Island, humiliation and hate-watching are not the goals here. These people have real emotions. As ever when real-real people are involved, the division between the sexes is fascinating. Lucy Mangan

BBC One/iPlayer ★★★★☆

This insightful, delicately handled portrait of eastern Europe’s anxieties and the ramifications of existing on the potential frontline of Putin’s westward expansion sees journalist Katya Adler look at the impact this has on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Norway. Adler is a remarkable journalist and broadcaster who has been covering frontline news for almost 30 years and has been the BBC’s Europe editor since

2014. Her knowledge and integrity give the programme a sensitive intelligence and she investigates the contradictions of each country’s response with empathy and dignity. This two-parter provides a stark portrait of a region in which the paradigm has shifted, old wounds have been reopened and tensions run high. Leila Latif

Welcome to Wrexham Disney+


It is not clear whether the second series of this documentary about Wrexham AFC’s ownership by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney is a TV show about a football club, or whether the club provides material for the show. But it is certainly a break from streaming TV’s many other behind-the-scenes football documentaries, most of which are shimmering corporate success stories. Welcome to Wrexham is acutely sensitive to how important a football club can be to a city. When the local economy is dead and everyone is struggling, footie can give a community a meeting place, a shared purpose, maybe even a job. But that’s only if they win, and winning is hard. The opening episode’s centrepiece sees King Charles III visit the stadium. Jack Seale