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Queer Eye's Fab Five (Photo: Netflix)

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What to watch this weekend

A new series of Queer Eye (finally), a night full of Abba and possibly one of the scariest movies every made

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By Emily Baker on

'Tis evidently the weekend to scare yourself silly, as the much-anticipated horror spectacular Hereditary comes to cinemas. Admittedly, I am too much of a scaredy cat to have watched it (yet), so this recommendation will be entirely based on the rave reviews and the film's Wikipedia page, the comforting home of all movie lovers too scared to subject themselves to horrors. Toni Collette plays Annie, the matriarch of the Graham family, mother to a daughter, Charlie, and son, Peter, who all live in a rather large house along with their husband and father, Steve. The film opens with the funeral of Annie's mother, with whom she had a fraught, secretive relationship. It is almost a spoiler to describe the plot any further but it quickly descends into a whirlwind of fire, ouija boards and classic – but far from tired – horror-movie tropes. It's not necessarily jumpy, so you don't need to worry about spilling your popcorn, but it has been dubbed the scariest film of 2018, and likened to terrifyingly brilliant horrors like Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Babadook. I've promised myself I will go and see it at some point – maybe I'll just make sure I sit near the door.

If you're into something with a little more sparkle at the cinema this weekend, opt for Studio 54, a brand new documentary about the legendary New York club, complete with appearances from Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger on a white horse. As well as disco-infused footage from inside the club, the film documents the fall of club co-owners Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who were arrested for tax evasion and drug offences and then ratted out owners of competitor clubs to reduce their sentences. Rubell died of a condition related to AIDs in 1989, but Schrager appears for interview in this documentary and is seen attempting to explain where all the money to run Studio 54 actually came from. If you're interested in the glamorous 70s club scene, LGBTQ+ history or simply love a good scandal, you won't be disappointed.

Friday

It's finally happened – the boys are well and truly back in town with their combs, short-sleeve shirts, self-help mantras and avocados at the ready. I am, of course, talking about Queer Eye's Fab Five who are back on Netflix for eight brand new episodes today. And, honey, if you think last series was emotional, just wait until you meet Tammye, the first woman lucky enough to be helped by the true angels of makeovers. A few years ago, Tammye, her sister and her mother were all diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time and, sadly, her mother didn't make it. But despite her struggles Tammye has always been a crutch for her community and church – as well as her son, who was rejected by the church when he came out as gay. It's a beautiful first episode which sees everyone cry at some point. Especially you. And Antoni.

On the proper telly, the Ocean's 8 cast are on Graham Norton's sofa tonight (BBC One, 10.45pm). Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna and Sarah Paulson are all around to discuss the all-female heist movie and, since there are so many, frankly, there's no room for anyone else.

Saturday

It's the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition, and so Grayson Perry has been asked to step up to the plate to curate. Luckily the BBC were there to capture all the work leading up to the exhibition's opening, with Kirsty Wark and Jayson Mansaray presenting the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition documentary tonight on BBC Two at 9pm. What's special about this exhibition is that anyone can submit their work, meaning aspiring artists' work is displayed for the first time alongside David Hockney and Grayson Perry himself, as well as celebrity contributions from the likes of Harry Hill and Joe Lycett. 

Sunday

Unless you're watching Poldark (BBC One, 9pm) or The Handmaid's Tale (Channel 4, 9pm), there's nothing really of note on tonight. But if you flick on Channel 5 you will find a whole evening dedicated to one of the best pop bands of all time: Abba. Starting at 5.50pm with Britain's Favourite Abba Songs and ending with Abba: Live In Concert at 10.30pm, fans of the band will be in their element all evening. 

Oh, and there's a couple of football matches on, I think...

@emilyrbakes

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