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The must-see TV shows to watch this fall

Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched and Judy Davis as nurse Betsy Bucket in Ratched

From mesmerizing new writing to buzzy adaptations, KATIE BERRINGTON highlights the TV shows and sequels you’ll want to binge-watch to your heart’s content

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Ratched

In this psychological horror – based on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the cult 1962 novel by Ken Kesey – Sarah Paulson plays the chilling titular character Nurse Ratched, the same role that Louise Fletcher won an Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for after her performance in the 1975 movie adaptation. Created by Ryan Murphy and Evan Romansky, the series cast also stars Cynthia Nixon and Sharon Stone. On Netflix from September 18

Katherine Waterston and Jude Law in The Third Day

The Third Day

Following the separate but interconnected journeys of a man and woman who arrive on a mysterious British island at different times, this mini series is divided into three stories. The first is ‘Summer’, directed by Marc Munden, and stars Jude Law as Sam – a man drawn to the island and its inhabitants, who are determined to preserve their traditional way of life. The third part is ‘Winter’, directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, with Naomie Harris playing an outsider who comes looking for answers, but instead instigates a battle deciding the island’s fate. The second part, ‘Autumn’, will be a one-off, immersive live event in London, airing as an innovative live broadcast in one continuous take. On HBO from September 14 (US); Sky Atlantic and Now TV from September 15 (UK). Autumn, the theatrical event, will broadcast on October 3 on Sky Arts and online

Emily in Paris

This brand-new Netflix series comes from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, with Lily Collins playing an American expat marketing executive facing a culture shock, as her job relocates her to Paris. With Patricia Field – costume designer for SATC and The Devil Wears Prada – in charge of the wardrobe department, the fashion credentials are set to be scene-stealing. On Netflix this fall

L-R: Harry Lawtey, Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela, David Jonsson, Nabhaan Rizwan in Industry

Industry

Co-produced and directed by Lena Dunham, Industry is set in the banking world in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. An ambitious group of young bankers and traders compete for limited positions at a top investment firm in London, while boundaries blur in the high-pressured and cutthroat culture. On BBC Two and HBO this fall

The Crown

Joining the returning cast of the royal drama for season four – with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies still at the helm as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – is Gillian Anderson playing Margaret Thatcher, and Emma Corrin making her much-anticipated debut as Princess Diana. The action picks up in the late 1970s, covering the early relationship between Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Lady Diana Spencer. In the political arena, there are tensions between the monarch and prime minister, as the nation goes to war in the Falklands. On Netflix this November

Bridgerton

For Shonda Rhimes’s first show under her major Netflix deal, Bridgerton is based on a series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. Narrated by Julie Andrews, the story follows a powerful, well-to-do family living in Regency-era London. On Netflix this fall

Olivia Colman in The Crown
L-R: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Courtney B. Vance in Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country

The new drama by showrunner Misha Green and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J. J. Abrams is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 fantasy-horror novel of the same name. Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors) is joined by his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip to search for Black’s missing father, which takes them across 1950s America during the era of Jim Crow laws. On HBO and Sky Atlantic now

Maisie Williams in Two Weeks to Live

Two Weeks to Live

Maisie Williams and Sian Clifford star in a dark comedy of love and revenge. A young woman, seen as a misfit, has been living a secluded rural life with her mother since the mysterious death of her father when she was a child. On Sky One from September 2

Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter in His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials

The onscreen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s hit fantasy trilogy lands with its second season this fall. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott join the returning cast, which includes Dafne Keen as Lyra, Amir Wilson as Will Parry, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel. On BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US, expected in November

The Undoing

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star in this mini series based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2014 novel You Should Have Known. Kidman plays Grace, a successful therapist and soon-to-be author, “living the only life she ever wanted for herself”, with her husband and son. This life begins to unravel, however, following a horrific death, her husband going missing and an accelerating public disaster. On HBO from October 25; Sky Atlantic and Now TV from October 26

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant in The Undoing

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