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This weekend I have … a half-hour, and I would love to dehydrate something
When to watch: Now, on YouTube.
Sohla El-Waylly was one of the stars of Bon Appétit’s videos and one of the bravest voices in calling out the publication’s racism. Now she has a new web series, part of the “Binging With Babish” extended universe, in which she takes on outlandish cooking challenges like making mac and cheese with 18th century techniques or preparing a seven-course tasting menu from only bodega ingredients. Her cheer, imagination and expertise are in full force. If you like creative problem-solving or consider “ooooh, a project!” to be a personal and special incantation, watch this.
… an hour, and I care about voting
When to watch: Sunday at 10 p.m., on ABC.
The new season of “black-ish” doesn’t start in earnest until Oct. 21, but in the meantime there’s this two-part election-oriented special. When Junior (Marcus Scribner) discovers he’s been purged from the voter polls, he gets a full history lesson on Black voter suppression and American democracy. In typical “black-ish” fashion, that includes funny asides, like having Tracee Ellis Ross embody the Voting Rights Act. The second half is animated instead of live-action, but the show’s voice and rhythms are so well-established now that it just feels like a solid episode of “black-ish.”
… an hour, and I love secrets
‘Flesh and Blood’
When to watch: Sunday at 9 p.m., on PBS. (Check local listings.)
I wouldn’t call this a British Murder Show™, but this four-part mini-series is British, and there is a murder — or is it an accident? Think “juicy domestic drama with a dark side” rather than “bummertown crime times with occasional family chitchat.” Francesca Annis stars as a widow with a new boyfriend, but her adult children aren’t taking news of the romance very well. Still, who are they to judge, given how deeply they are mired in their own messy mistakes — which the audience learns about through a perhaps nosy, perhaps sinister, or perhaps merely observant neighbor, played by Imelda Staunton. You can hear the teacups clattering on their saucers from here.