New TV March 2022

STAR TREK: PICARD

Thurs 3 March

Amazon Prime

This old boy isn’t content with just sitting at home watching daytime TV, he’s out in space still giving it large. Arguably the Star Trek franchise’s most interesting element gets a second season, bringing with it more joyous easter eggs and thoughtful narratives. 

After saying goodbye to an old friend, dying and being brought back to life in a synthetic body, Patrick Stewart’s titular adventurer boldly goes on where no RSC alum has gone before. There’s still an unaccounted-for Romulan agent and a confused, rehabilitated Borg to consider, along with a few familiar faces returning to make everything complicated. Sometimes, diplomacy may not be enough to save reality.

Star Trek: Picard

THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE

Mon 7 March

Acorn TV

Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey) plays Detective Inspector Max Arnold, a down-to-earth crimefighter who doesn’t quite fit in with the fashionable surroundings of his posting in London’s most prestigious borough.

He’s struggling after separating from his wife (moving to a battered houseboat within view of the city’s most expensive property), but still needs to face the deprivation, violence, greed and murder that lies beneath the shiny façade of Chelsea’s glamour. Together with his partner, DC Priya Shamsie, a bit of determination and some old-school guile, he’ll leave no stone unturned to root out the truth and bring those responsible to justice – regardless of their wealth or status. 

The Chelsea Detective

UPLOAD

Fri 11 March

Amazon Prime 

A sci-fi comedy series from the brilliant Emmy Award-winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks And Recreation), Upload is set in a technologically advanced future. It’s a place where hologram phones, 3D food printers and automated grocery stores are everyday tools. Most uniquely, humans can choose to be ‘uploaded’ into a virtual afterlife.

Season Two sees Nathan come to a crossroads. His ex-girlfriend has unexpectedly arrived in Lakeview, hoping to strengthen their relationship. His heart, however, secretly yearns for his ‘customer service angel’ Nora, but she is off the grid and somehow involved with anti-tech rebel group ‘The Ludds’. There’s also Lakeview’s newest in-app digital baby program and other ethical headaches to negotiate.

Upload

THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY

Fri 11 March

Apple TV+

Samuel L Jackson plays Ptolemy Grey, an elderly man forgotten by his family, his friends, and even by himself. Suddenly left without his trusted carer and on the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn, played by Dominique Fishback (Project Power). 

When the pair learn about a treatment which could restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it starts a journey toward shocking truths. It becomes a tremendous opportunity to briefly rebuild lost connections and use this precious, fleeting lucidity to solve the mystery of his nephew’s death – and perhaps finally come to terms with his past.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

HUMAN RESOURCES

Fri 18 March

Netflix

From the creators of the award-winning adult animation Big Mouth, comes something even edgier. Human Resources is a robust coloration of the daily lives of the creatures which guide humans on their journeys through every aspect of life. 

From puberty to parenthood to the twilight years, Hormone Monsters, Depression Kitties, Shame Wizards and many more are there to help. It quickly becomes clear that though the protagonists are creatures, they have a lot of humanity themselves. It features an all-star voice cast, with Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and David Thewlis reprising their Big Mouth roles, along with Aidy Bryant, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer, and Randall Park.

Human Resources

WECRASHED

Fri 18 March

Apple TV+

Following a pair of jet-setting, tequila-swilling ‘New Age executives’, WeCrashed charts everything wrong with some modern workplaces. Inspired by actual events, and the love story at its centre, we look at WeWork – a coworking space which grew into a global brand worth $47 billion in under a decade. And then collapsed in under a year.

Riding high on the success, this couple threw lavish parties, bought luxurious homes and had aspirations about elevating the planet’s consciousness. All while many of their employees worked long hours for low pay and investors were misled. It’s the classic story of a noble philosophy quickly crumbling into scepticism and disillusionment.

We Crashed

BRIDGERTON

Fri 25 March 

Netflix

Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, traverses Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps, she intends to find a match sparked by true love.  

It’s a new season for this romantic, scandalous and quick-witted show, which celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way and the search for a love to conquer all. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels, it also stars Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan and Ruby Barker. With secret kisses, unrequited passion and the demands of polite society, this is period drama at its best.

Bridgerton

MOON KNIGHT

Weds 30 March

Disney+

After the surprise festive joy which was Hawkeye, we get another (and tonally very different) dose of running and punching MCU fun. Director Mohamed Diab (Cairo 678) tells the story of Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. 

He quickly discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with a no-nonsense mercenary. Circumstances spiral, and the pair must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt. It might be a second-tier Marvel character, but it features the wonderful talents of Oscar Isaac (Dune), Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy (Ramy), which demonstrates Disney’s faith in this project.

Moon Knight

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