Based on the bestselling novels of Peter James, and filmed in Brighton and Burgess Hill, this hit crime drama is back for some more troublesome cases. The books have been adapted in order, so expect John Simm as Roy Grace and Richie Campbell as DS Glenn Branson. to offer versions of Dead Like You, Dead Man’s Grip and Not Dead Yet this season
Last season ended with Grace seemingly getting his love life sorted, only to receive a call saying his missing wife might still be alive. Elsewhere, Branson’s battles with trauma after being shot during the second season. There’s also the prospect of a new boss to win over.
Disney+, Wednesday 1st March
The thrilling adventures of the Mandalorian continue across the galaxy. Pedro Pascal, Katee Sackhoff, Carl Weathers, Amy Sedaris, Emily Swallow and Giancarlo Esposito gather once more for this hotly anticipated new instalment in the iconic Star Wars franchise.
Don’t the space wizards want the Darksaber back? Will the tribes of Mandalore be reunited? Will Bo-Katan reclaim his citizenship? Once a lone bounty hunter, legendary warrior Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu, while the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from a dark history. The mighty Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies, as he and his powerful little friend continue their epic journey together.
DAISY JONES & THE SIX
Prime Video, Thurs 2nd March
Based on the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this compelling miniseries is presented in a documentary style, including background interviews with the band. This fictional (but utterly believable) story captures the essence of creativity in the erratic, wild world of 70s music.
Daisy sneaks into Sunset Strip clubs, sleeps with rock stars, and dreams of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are alluring, but it’s the rock’n’roll she loves most. From their roots in the LA music scene to becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world, soon everybody has heard of Daisy Jones & The Six, but few know why they imploded.
Apple TV+, Fri 17th March
A bracing drama from writer, director and executive producer Scott Z. Burns, Extrapolations introduces a near future where the chaotic effects of climate change have become embedded into our everyday lives. It offers eight interwoven stories about love, work, faith and family from across the globe, exploring the intimate, life-altering choices which must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population.
Every story is different, but the fight for our future is universal. When the fate of humanity is up against a ticking clock, the battle between courage and complacency has never been more urgent. Are we brave enough to become the solution to our own undoing?
MY KIND OF COUNTRY
Apple TV+, Fri 24th March
Offering both styles of music – Country AND Western – this show breathes new life into the music competition format breaks down barriers in country music and provides an extraordinary opportunity to diverse and innovative artists from around the world.
Scouts Allen, Guyton and Peck (all three having carved a unique space within country music by mixing traditional styles with contemporary, cross-genre interpretations) hand-pick a roster of exceptional up-and-coming artists. These are invited to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase their distinctive sound. The competition winner will receive a life-changing prize from Apple Music, receiving unprecedented support and exposure on the platform.
Paramount+, Fri 24th March
After setting social ablaze last season, this original and audacious show returns to obsess us once more. In 1996, a New Jersey high school soccer squad travelled to Seattle for a tournament. Their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and the survivors are left stranded for nineteen months. We get to see the group’s, often brutal, attempts to stay alive – while also tracking their lives in the modern day.
There are many mysteries to be resolved. Who did the team eat in the first episode? Why was a super-creepy cabin built in the middle of nowhere? How did one of the team end up as a cult leader? We’ll hopefully find out.
Paramount+, Mon 27th March
After playing a beleaguered President in Designated Survivor and urgently screaming: “WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE?!” at terrorist suspects in 24, the brilliant Kiefer Sutherland delves into the world of world of corporate espionage. He plays John Weir, a master of deception who is framed for murder by powerful forces. Somebody wants him out of the picture, but he won’t be going easily.
With his enemies able to influence and control society, this all turns into a battle to preserve democracy in an ever-changing world. Expect lots of themes around population control, fake news and government surveillance, as this thriller ramps up both the intricate conspiracies and paranoia to dizzying effect.
Sky Atlantic, Mon 27th March
TV’s most morally-repugnant family return, in all their misanthropic, gold-plated glory. Multi-billionaire Logan Roy and his charm-free children once again dip their fetid fingers into the world of business. It’s still undecided as to who will be in control of their empire, as makeshift alliances are formed, betrayed and lamented.
There’s a big offer on the table for entertainment corporation, Waystar Royco. Will Kendall, Shiv and Roman be able to overcome their own personality defects and relieve their father of control? While the characters are fundamentally revolting, the majesty of this show lies with its exceptional performances and tightly-woven script. If we learn anything, it’s that cash won’t buy you class.
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