Five things to watch this February – from the return of 'You' to 'Fleishman is in Trouble'

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The shortest month of the year is not holding back on some of the biggest releases with plenty of great TV to look forward to in February.

There is a warm and hilarious adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel, Funny Woman, starring Gemma Arterton, which also comes with the added bonus of lush period costuming and some enjoyable time travel to Soho in the Swinging Sixties. There is the magical Carnival Row, back for a second and final season to transport you to a reimagined Victorian city, riddled with faeries and ghouls.

Or, if you prefer ghouls of the human variety, there is the Internet’s favourite stalker, Joe, back for a fourth season of the cult show You. Plus, there is the brilliant original series Shrinking, starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford as therapists facing a crisis, and we finally get a UK debut for what is already one of the most talked-about shows of the year; Fleishman is in Trouble.

Below, we share our essential watch list for the month ahead.

Funny Woman

gemma arterton stars as barbara parker the force of nature who takes 1960’s london by storm her journey from blackpool beauty queen to comedy superstar and nation’s sweetheart is based on ‘funny girl’ the best selling novel by nick hornbythe series follows barbara from a factory in blackpool to the male dominated world of the 1960s sitcom where she redefines the prevailing attitude to funny women and in the process finds her voice the series written by and starring morwenna banks damned also stars rupert everett my best friend’s wedding, david threlfall shameless, tom bateman behind her eyes, clare hope ashitey top boy, arsher ali line of duty, alexa davies white house farm, emily bevan temple, leo bill becoming elizabeth, matthew beard vienna blood, olivia williams the crown, rosie cavaliero code 404 and alistair petrie sex education
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Based on Nick Hornby’s 2014 novel of the same name, Funny Woman follows the life of fictitious female comedian Barbara Parker. Rejecting her future as a beauty queen (though she does win Miss Blackpool 1964), Parker embarks upon an uphill battle to be taken seriously as an actress on a sitcom – and be that ‘rarest’ of things: a funny woman. Tackling sexism and double standards along the way, Funny Woman is a joyous romp of a show, with a buzzy cast including Tom Bateman, Rupert Everett and David Threlfall.

'Funny Woman' debuts on NowTv from 9 February.

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Fleishman is in Trouble

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Disney+

Based on the colossal best-selling book by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, this Hulu adaptation, debuting this month on Disney + for UK viewers, is one of the most hotly anticipated shows of 2023. Chronically the messy, complex divorce of high-powered Manhattan couple, the Fleishmans, it stars Jesse Eisenberg as surgeon Toby and Clare Danes as his ex-wife Rachel, whose sudden disappearance proves a catalyst for several shocking revelations. Also featuring Lizzie Caplan (Mean Girls) and Adam Brody (The OC), this is bingeable prestige TV at its finest.

'Fleishman is in Trouble' debuts on Disney + from 22 February

Carnival Row

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Amazon Prime

The magical, steam-punk wild ride that is Carnival Row is back for its second and final season. With mystical beings still fighting for acceptance among humans, in the fictitious neo-noir Victorian city of The Burgue, the show picks up where it left off, following the interconnected lives of Orlando Bloom’s Philo and Cara Delevingne’s Vignette. This is a loveably bonkers show full of gorgeous set pieces and absorbing plot lines. Buckle up for one final journey.

'Carnival Row' Season 2 debuts on Prime Video on 17 February.

You

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Netflix

When the first season of this creeping thriller dropped, reimagining Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley as a murderous stalker, perhaps no one imagined what a cultural juggernaut it would prove to be. Now in its fourth season, You is now set in London, following Joe in his new (of course) identity, as Jonathan Moore, a university professor, and sees Tatti Gabrielle return as the latest object of Joe’s obsession, Marianne. Expect more lies, secrets, stalking and undoubtedly more murders.

'You' debuts on Netflix on 9 February.

Shrinking

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Apple

Dropped in the dying days of January, Shrinking is one of Apple TV’s most exciting new releases. Jason Segel stars as a disillusioned, grieving therapist who, in an attempt to lift himself out of his own crisis, decides to rip out the rulebook and tell his patients exactly what he thinks of them, with surprising results. It’s a wickedly warm-hearted and funny show, featuring a biting two hander from Segel and his mentor, played by Hollywood legend Harrison Ford.

'Shrinking' is out now on Apple TV.

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