BABYLON BERLIN This Autumn – Sky Atlantic
Amidst a radical era of change, a young police inspector from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin to break up a porno ring run by the Mafia. The streets are cluttered with Nazis and communists, and the city’s poverty and unemployment contrast the decadent indulgence of its nightlife. Whilst Rath first believes the case to be a matter of extortion it soon becomes a web of corruption, drug dealing, weapon trafficking and a scandal that will change the lives of the inspector and his associates. The subject of Nazis isn’t something uncommon to our screens, yet this refreshing and accurate take on 20s Germany is sure to have you hooked.
GODLESS Wed 22 Nov – Netflix
This new seven-part series is created by Steven Soderbergh, and delves into murky legends of the Wild West. There’ll be plenty of horses and cowboy hats. It sees notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode, a man who betrayed him and his men. Whilst on the run, Roy seeks refuge in a town called La Belle, which is governed by mainly women, and meets widow and outcast Alice Fletcher. However, the peace does not last long. He finds out Griffin and his crew are heading their way, forcing the towns to come together and protect themselves in the lawless west.
BLUE PLANET Sun 29 Oct – BBC 1
Sixteen years after the release of the BAFTA award winning The Blue Planet (2001), Sir David Attenborough returns with Blue Planet II. Keeping us captivated with his nature documentaries is not a feat he has ever had trouble with before, and this series promises to also deliver as we delve deep into marine life. The Blue Planet was the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans, and now, enhanced by the use of the latest cutting-edge technology Blue Planet II will grant us a glimpse into a world otherwise beyond our comprehension. Filmed over the course of four years, the seven-part series spanned 39 countries, and amassed over 6000 hours of footage. So, if you want to be immersed in vibrant coral reefs, witness the wind beaten Atlantic coastline and feel chilled to the bone by icy polar seas tune in for Blue Planet II.
SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Thurs 23 Nov – Netflix
Spike Lee’s revolutionary 80s indie film of the same name gets a small screen adaptation. The original began on a budget, but ended up being reviewed as one of the best films of the year – launching Lee’s career, and challenged the way African-Americans were portrayed in cinema. Now we again follow Nola Darling and her lovers. She refuses to solely commit to one, but some may just call that greedy. Darling is an artist in her late twenties living in Brooklyn juggling three men, her job demands and a social life. This independent lady will face some obstacles in her life including the trouble with dating multiple men can bring, or even the labels she’ll get. Who knows? Maybe love is just cursed by monogamy.