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The Unmissable TV Shows To Add To Your Watch List

Emily Blunt as Lady Cornelia Locke in the highly anticipated Western The English

From the return of a smash-hit period drama to a new show from the creator of Euphoria, these are the TV shows you’ll want to binge-watch this season

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The English

Emily Blunt is back in the saddle for this highly anticipated Western co-starring Ciarán Hinds and Rafe Spall. The year is 1890 and Lady Cornelia Locke (Blunt), an aristocratic Englishwoman, travels to America to exact revenge on the person she believes is responsible for the death of her son. This fraught journey of grief and bloodshed is one of Blunt’s most powerful roles to date, so be sure not to miss it. On Prime Video from November

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in series five of The Crown

The Crown

The blockbuster period drama jumps to the early 1990s, with Margaret Thatcher’s government and the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage at the forefront. There’s also a whole new cast to enjoy, with Elizabeth Debicki replacing Emma Corrin as the Princess of Wales, Dominic West taking over from Josh O’Connor to play Charles, and Imelda Staunton playing Queen Elizabeth after Olivia Colman’s much-lauded reign. On Netflix from November

The Idol

Euphoria creator Sam Levinson teams up with Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – aka The Weeknd – for this champagne-soaked journey through Hollywood’s gnarliest corners. So far, HBO has dropped two tantalizing, dialogue-free teasers showing Lily-Rose Depp as a wannabe pop idol, hustling her way to stardom as bottles pop around her. Also look out for turns from Dan Levy, Hari Nef, Troye Sivan and Rachel Sennott, who star in a world in which all that glisters is not gold… On HBO Max from November

Aubrey Plaza (left) and Haley Lu Richardson (right) join the cast of The White Lotus for season two

The White Lotus

No hotel since The Shining has seen quite so many sinister happenings play out within its walls. Indeed, November marks the return of the holiday-from-hell at The White Lotus resort. For the second season, the action moves to Sicily, where Jennifer Coolidge is back as fragile heiress Tanya McQuoid, and new cast members Aubrey Plaza, Haley Lu Richardson and Theo James also join the roster of toxic guests. It was the talking-point show of 2021, so expect great things for the next instalment. On HBO from October

The Peripheral

Those mourning the end of Westworld won’t have to wait long for their next sci-fi fix. Its creators, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, have put their heads together for this dystopian thriller based on the bestselling book by William Gibson. Chloë Grace Moretz plays lead character Flynne, who witnesses an unspeakable crime while covering her brother’s shift in what she initially believes is a virtual-reality game – but, inevitably, all is not as it seems. Award whispers are already rife, so make sure to add this to your watch list. On Prime Video from November

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

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 now

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 award-worthy performances. On the BBC 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 now

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 now

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 now

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 now

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 now

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