11 of the best TV shows to watch this October



11. Funny Woman

The always charismatic Gemma Arterton stars as Blackpool beauty queen turned comedian Barbara Parker in this period comedy-drama based on Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby’s novel Funny Girl, which sounds rather like it could be the British answer to The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. The six-part series traces Barbara’s rise to becoming a beloved sitcom star going by the name of Sophie Straw in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the sexism she has to contend with along the way – and from the trailer, it promises to be a lot of fun, complete with plenty of excellent Swinging ’60s looks and musical hits. Meanwhile Rupert Everett co-stars as Barbara’s agent.

Funny Woman premieres in October on Sky Max in the UK

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