What TV Series should you get stuck in to this Autumn?
With summer sadly coming to an end, it’s time to start preparing for the big chill. As Jon Snow will tell you – “Winter is coming”. One effective cure for the summer blues is to find a good TV series or box set to sink your teeth in to, so here is a list of some of the best recent releases.
You’ve probably all heard if not already watched this show, and might actually be a bit sick of hearing about it. But believe the hype. Admittedly it’s got everything your average sci-fi thriller would have…it’s set in a small Indiana town, involves the strange disappearance of a young boy, and involves a group of pre-pubescent youngsters taking on the impossible . But it isn’t your average sci-fi thriller. Its brilliant. All the previously mentioned factors are done superbly, not to mention the excellent characterization, pacing, atmosphere, soundtrack, directing, writing, homages to 1980s genre films and some outstanding acting from Winona Ryder who plays the missing boys mother.
One of us
One of us was recently on BBC one and is still available to watch on catch up and the iPlayer. It follows two families after a newly- wed couple are killed in a brutal double murder. The devastated families happen to be neighbours in the remote Scottish Highland village of Braeston, but things take an even darker turn when a badly injured man arrives at their doorstep after his car comes off the road. A man who seems to be the killer. The cast includes British favourites Juliet Stevenson and Joe Dempsie among others and turns in to a brilliantly thought out who-done-it that keeps you guessing after every plot twist until the very end. A real thinker and a great one to discuss with others after each episode.
The second season to Atlanta is about to start, you can catch both series on Netflix. Starring Donald Glover (also known as multi-talented rapper Childish Gambino), the story takes us through the Atlanta rap scene with two cousins in an effort to improve their lives as well as the situation for their family. As one of our most highly-anticipated new shows of the fall television landscape, Donald Glover’s FX series, Atlanta, has won the adulation of viewers and critics alike – as evidenced by its premiere which broke records for best debut numbers for any basic cable primetime scripted comedy in over three years.
The Get Down
What could the result of a collaboration between Baz Luhrmann and Grandmaster Flash possibly be? The answer is The Get Down, a thirteen-episode Netflix series that traces hip-hop back not to its eighties rise but to its earlier origins in the burning Bronx. “The world needs to know that the seventies were a blueprint for everything in hip-hop,” Says Grandmaster Flash. The Get Down is set between 1977 and 1979, and the series explores how an art form that began far from the mainstream came to be a nation’s sound track. In a time when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.
The Night Of
Recently aired on Sky Atlantic, The Night Of is a gritty drama that follows a complex murder case in New York City involving cultural and political undertones. HBO’s eight-part production “The Night Of” stars John Turturro from O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Riz Ahmed from films such as Nightcrawler. A night that begins innocently for Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan turns horrific after he meets a mysterious young woman. The first episode grips you straight away, and sets you up for a roller coaster of events that leave you hating the ‘system’ and praying for the fate of the main character. Definitely worth a watch.
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