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The Unmissable TV Shows To Add To Your Watch List

Nazanin Boniadi (left) and Ismael Cruz Córdova star in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

From the prequel of one of the biggest fantasy franchises in history, to a true-crime drama from the creator of Big Little Lies, PORTER highlights the TV shows you’ll want to binge-watch this season…

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Fans will rejoice at the return of the wildly popular fantasy franchise The Lord of The Rings. For this prequel, we rewind back to the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit, to see how the Rings of Power came to be. There will be some familiar characters – Galadriel, played by an ethereal Morfydd Clark, as well as Elrond and Isildur, who appeared in the original trilogy. With the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, also on the horizon, it’s time for some truly magical escapism. On Prime Video from September 2

Stanley Tucci (center) stars in Inside Man

Inside Man

This is the BBC’s headline drama for fall, and it’s set to be a real ‘water-cooler moment’. Spanning four episodes, the show follows a prisoner on death row in America, a vicar in a sleepy English village, and a teacher trapped in a cellar, as each of their narratives begin to intertwine in a surprising way. With Stanley Tucci, Lydia West, David Tennant and Dolly Wells all starring, expect some awards-worthy performances. On BBC from September

Daisy Jones & The Six

Not so secretly inspired by the turbulent history of rock group Fleetwood Mac, this is the story of the rise and (sudden) fall of a fictitious band trying to make it in 1970s LA – based on the bestselling book of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The cast is a motley crew of cool girls: Riley Keough, Camila Morrone and Suki Waterhouse; with appearances from Sam Claflin and Josh Whitehouse, too. Fans of the book will know it’s a riot of rock ’n’ roll excess. On Prime Video from September

Pantheon is an animated thriller based on the short stories by Ken Liu

Pantheon

Maude Apatow and Paul Dano lend their voices to this animated thriller, based on the short stories by Ken Liu. It follows Maddie, a teenager who is being bullied and receives help from a mysterious stranger online. Pantheon promises to be as spine-chilling as an episode of Black Mirror, delving into the worlds of artificial intelligence and the ethical order of a dystopian future. One for all sci-fi fans. On AMC in the fall

Alicia Vikander as Mira in Irma Vep

Irma Vep

Alicia Vikander plays a movie-star-turned-crime-fighter in this neo-noir series inspired by director Olivier Assayas’s 1996 film of the same name. Blurring the lines between life and art, Vep finds herself living in an underworld and fending off corruption. Expect an action-packed, rock ’n’ roll-style thriller with a cast of exciting rising stars, including Adria Arjona and Devon Ross; even Carrie Brownstein of the band Sleater-Kinney makes an appearance. On HBO

Emma Appleton stars in Everything I know About Love

Everything I Know About Love

In 2018, Dolly Alderton’s riotous memoir Everything I Know About Love became the millennials’ definitive handbook on friendship, failure, infatuation, first times and everything in between. Now, it has been adapted into a seven-part series by Alderton and Working Title Films – the romcom factory behind Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually – with actors Emma Appleton (Pistol) and Bel Powley (The Morning Show) playing two best friends at the heart of Alderton’s platonic love story. On BBC iPlayer

Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin return for a second season of Only Murders in the Building

Only Murders in the Building – season 2

Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin return for the next series of this hilarious whodunnit, following three neighbors – and true-crime devotees – who become embroiled in their own real-life murder mystery. Expect a healthy dose of gallows humor and punchlines as iconic as the cast members. Plus, this season welcomes new guest stars Amy Schumer and Cara Delevingne. On Hulu

Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon

No other fantasy series has quite filled the hole Game of Thrones left behind, but House of the Dragon – the prequel to George R.R. Martin’s blockbuster series – might just come close. Set 200 years before the fall of the throne, House of the Dragon chronicles the rise and fall of the Targaryen dynasty, with Paddy Considine playing the King and Matt Smith as his scheming son. Supporting roles from Rhys Ifans, Olivia Cooke and Sonoya Mizuno (plus a few dragons to boot) are sure to help this show go stratospheric. On HBO Max from August 21

L-R: Harry Lawtey, Myha’la Herrold, Marisa Abela, David Jonsson and Nabhaan Rizwan return for season two of Industry

Industry – season 2

The first season had the adrenaline levels of a Bruce Willis movie, so expect a similar energy from series two, which sees the Pierpoint Bank grad-schemers return for more all-nighters, power politics and number crunching. Indeed, its cast of newcomers are well on their way to becoming household names, with lead Myha’la Herrold landing a role in Bodies Bodies Bodies – an indie horror based on the screenplay by Kristen Roupenian (Cat Person), and banking bad boy Harry Lawtey starring in The Pale Blue Eye alongside Christian Bale and Lucy Boynton. On BBC iPlayer and HBO from August

Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman

The Sandman

This adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult comic is well worth the wait – and not just for fans of politico-fantasy: those chasing an entirely modern approach to gender roles and literary stereotypes will be captivated, too. The seven immortal siblings toying with each other and humankind comprise Dream (the eponymous Sandman, played with captivating humorlessness by Tom Sturridge), Death, Disaster, Destiny, Delirium, Despair and Desire (Mason Alexander Park). In short, it’s irresistible. On Netflix from August

Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller star as a couple whose lives begin to unravel in Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal

Adapted from Sarah Vaughan’s bestselling courtroom-drama novel, the six-episode series focuses on two women involved in a major political scandal. A rising Conservative MP, James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend), is accused of raping his parliamentary aide, Olivia (Naomi Scott) – an allegation he vehemently denies. Michelle Dockery goes in hard as the prosecuting barrister, while Sienna Miller plays Whitehouse’s privileged wife, Sophie, who is struggling with the social, marital and ethical repercussions. The numerous flashbacks to their University of Oxford days – full of sex, drugs and drinking clubs – makes it feel closer to fact than fiction. On Netflix

Danny Boyle’s Pistol stars Christian Lees, Anson Bon and Toby Wallace

Pistol

Expect a deep dive into the debauched days of punk rock in this Danny Boyle-directed drama about the rise and rise of the Sex Pistols. The six-part series follows the key players at the heart of punk subculture in 1970s London: Jonny Rotten, the lead singer played by a snarling Anson Boon, Emma Appleton as the ill-fated Nancy Spungen, Sydney Chandler as The Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde, and Maisie Williams as model Jordan Mooney – often dubbed the first Sex Pistol. On FX Networks

Colin Firth and Toni Collette take on the roles of MIchael and Kathleen Peterson in The Staircase

The Staircase

Based on the true-crime docuseries of the same name, HBO’s eight-parter dramatizes the life and conviction of writer Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), who was investigated over the suspicious death of his wife, Kathleen (Toni Collette), after she was found at the bottom of the staircase in their family home. The series is written and exec-produced by Antonio Campos (The Devil All the Time) and Maggie Cohn (American Crime Story), and Sophie Turner also stars as one of Peterson’s daughters. On HBO Max

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