After last year’s Christmas special, it’s time to return to the vast yet crumbling Button House and its inhabitants both alive and dead. At the end of series two, young married couple Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike Cooper (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) were slowly coming to terms with the presence of their ghostly squatters. Has the harmony continued?
Monday 9 August, 8.30pm, BBC One
The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands yet further with this animated series that explores what would happen if pivotal moments from the films occurred differently. The likes of Michael B Jordan, Natalie Portman and Paul Rudd reprise their previous roles.
Wednesday 11 August, 8.30pm, Disney+
Each episode of this weekly documentary series focuses on pivotal sporting moments and goes behind the resulting headlines. Caitlyn Jenner reflects on her journey to gold, US tennis player Mardy Fish opens up about his demons, and the Malice at the Palace NBA brawl is dissected.
Tuesday 10 August, Netflix
The star-laden, dialogue-heavy anthology series based on the New York Times column of the same name returns for a second season. No longer just set in New York, its eight standalone episodes explore love in its multiple forms, while the top-notch stars include the likes of Minnie Driver, Kit Harington and Miranda Richardson.
Friday 13 August, Amazon Prime Video
The third and final season of Ryan Murphy’s pioneering drama about New York’s drag ball scene arrives in the UK. The drama shifts to 1994, with new mayor Rudy Giuliani cracking down on sex work, while Blanca is inspired to reopen the House of Evangelista.
Sunday 8 August, 10pm, BBC Two
Niamh Algar plays the undercover officer codenamed Lizzie James in this drama based on the real-life honeytrap operation initiated by police following the murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992. With the police focused on the wrong man, the operation puts Lizzie in danger.
Friday 13 August, 9pm, Channel 4
Host Glynn Washington returns for a sixth season of this hit supernatural podcast, gathering listeners round the campfire to hear tales of true-life ghost stories. Previous hair-raisers have included a haunted ceramic lamb that found a Walmart worker, a stranger guiding someone through the fog, and a vision of a young girl at the foot of a bed …
Trashfuture co-host Hussein Kesvani and comic Olga Koch front this new podcast series taking an irreverent look at the world of cutting-edge technology. They discuss developments such as the ethics of facial recognition software, bio-hacking (implanting technology into the body itself) and the effects of tech on the environment.
Weekly, BBC Sounds
Guardian Australia reporters bring the most important antipodean stories to your ears each weekday with this series. Recent highlights have included Brigid Delaney speaking to Marie Cameron, dubbed the Witch of Darwin by the media in the 1990s, and Australia’s approach to climate change.
Weekdays, the Guardian
Puerto Rican icon Ivy Queen delves into the dramatic history of reggaeton in this new series for Spotify, highlighting the musical innovation, near-fatal feuds and political interference that shaped what is now the world’s dominant pop sound. Megastars including J Balvin, Bad Bunny (pictured) and Karol G chat about their influences and artistry.
The hosts of hip-hop pod Breaking Atoms, Sumit Sharma and Chris Mitchell, front this spin-off celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jay-Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt. They explore his musical roots, as well as how he met business partners Damon Dash and Kareem Burke.
Weekly, widely available
( 15) (Tom McCarthy) 1 39 mins
The wrath-of-the-American-dad movie gets a rinsing in this far-fetched but oddly enjoyable thriller . Matt Damon plays Bill Baker , an Oklahoma roughneck trying to get his daughter ( Abigail Breslin ) out of a Marseille jail for a murder she says she didn’t commit. A picaresque and, in the end, surprisingly self-reflexive vigilante drama ensues.
(18) (Janicza Bravo) 86 mins
What happens when a sometime topless dancer (Taylour Paige) is whisked away by a stranger (Riley Keough) on a trip to Florida with the promise of a big strip-club payday? Pimps, guns and gangsters, in an initially fun but soon wearing adventure that is everything we deserve from a script adapted from a Twitter thread.
(12A) (Augustine Frizzell) 109 mins
This creaky romance breaks out the old double time-frame narrative structure: in the present day, a journalist (Felicity Jones) uncovers secret love letters written in the 60s by the wife (Shailene Woodley) of a wealthy businessman.
(12A) (Maya Da-Rin) 98 mins
A hypnotic Brazilian drama that takes a cryptic, folkloric turn. Justino, a member of the indigenous Desana people, is a security guard at the Manaus docks whose performance starts to slide at the same time as stories emerge of a wild animal in the area.
(15) (Timur Bekmambetov) 106 mins
As lockdown winds down – for now – this pacey, effective, all-online thriller from Russia’s genre king Bekmambetov might be the last of the Zoom movies. Based on a true story, it stars Valerie Kane as a British journalist who uses fake Facebook and Skype accounts to get the attention of Islamic State recruiters.