Top TV shows you don’t want to miss

Autumn is in the air and we need no better excuse to curl up on the sofa and watch tv.  Here are some of our favourite series showing now and coming up in the next few months.

Strike: Lethal White, showing now on BBC 1 

We’ve got rather a soft spot for J K Rowling’s television series starring Tom Burke as private detective Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as his plucky assistant Robin.  The fourth in the series, Lethal White, sees Robin returning to work for Burke as they investigate a possible murder at a country house. See the trailer here.

All Creatures Great and Small, showing now on Channel 5

It’s 50 years since the publication of James Heriot’s much loved books about the trials and tribulations of a country vet and over 40 years since the much-loved tv series launched.  This reboot stars Samuel West, Diana Rigg, Nigel Havers and Nicholas Ralph and with the opener directed by Downtown Abbey alumnus Brian Percival, it has that same Sunday-evening, comforting as a cup of tea feeling.  If you like Call The Midwife, you’ll love this. See the trailer here.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Netflix, 4th September 

A truly spooky existential horror film from Charlie Kaufman starring Toni Collette about a girl who goes to visit her new boyfriend’s parents at their secluded farm and finds things aren’t quite what they seem. Watch the trailer here.

We are Who We are, HBO, 14th September

Directed by Luca Guadagnino of Call Me By Your Name fame, Chloe Sevigny and Mia Goth are in this newly commissioned series about a group of American teenagers coming of age on a military base.  Watch the trailer here.

The Third Day, Punchdrunk and Sky Arts, 15th September

We drew your attention to this earlier in the year: the first tv collaboration from experimental theatre company Punchdrunk who have teamed up with HBO promises a seven episode series that is divided into three stories, the middle of which is broadcast live from a theatre and taken in one continuous shot.  Starring Jude Law who visits an island off the English coast and gets drawn into residents’ lives, it also features Naomie Harris, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine.

Ratched, Netflix, 18th September 

This Ryan Murphy produced series follows the early career of the terrifying Nurse Ratched (played brilliantly by Sarah Paulson), a sort of prequel to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. With sets and costumes every bit as good as The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, it looks equally gorgeous and grisly. Watch the trailer here.

Emily in Paris, Netflix, 2nd October

This may well turn out to be our guilty pleasure of the autumn. Lily Collins stars as the ambitious American marketing executive sent to Paris for her new job.  The brainchild of Sex and the City creator Darren Star, the clothes are by fellow Sex and the City creative Patricia Field (who also did The Devil wears Prada).  Watch the trailer here.

The Undoing, Sky Atlantic, 26th October

Written and created by David E Kelley of Big Little Lies fame, this series stars Nicole Kidman as a New York therapist who is forced to reevaluate her life after a violent murder, the disappearance of her devoted, oncologist husband and a suspicious affair.  Full of twists and turns, this thrilling series looks bound to keep you hooked.  Watch the trailer here.

The Crown, Netflix, 15th November

Catch Olivia Colman in her last series as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s drama that moves on to tackle the 80s, with Gillian Anderson playing Maggie Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.  Watch the trailer here.

His Dark Materials, BBC1/HBO, November

The first season of this series thankfully erased all memories of the less than successful film with Daniel Craig and we thought it was slow-burner that was rather under-rated.  Starring Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and James McAvoy, the second season follows Lyra into a different dimension where she is finally reunited with Will.  Watch the trailer here.

Small Axe, BBC 1

Filmaker Steve McQueen who has created, written and directed this new racial anthology series, set within London’s West Indian community to reflect the experience of Black people within Britain from the late 50s to the early 80s. Star Wars actor John Boyega is starring in the series playing Met Police officer Logan Leroy MBE, who fought to reform the police from within after seeing his father assaulted by two officers. It premieres at the New York Film Festival on September 25th before being aired on BBC1 this autumn.

Top TV to watch this autumn
— Francesca
2nd September 2020