Jantje Friese and Dark’s Baran bo Odar are the creators of this German mystical horror epic about a group of European migrants traveling by boat from London to start a new life in New York.
However, when they encounter another migrant ship seemingly drifting on the high seas, their exciting journey quickly begins to turn into a nightmare. The headlines are “Chasing Love” and “Little Joe’s Emily Beacham.”
“This is not for the easily bored or those who are partial to zoning out in front of the TV,” Ed Power of The Telegraph wrote. “But for those who love drama that challenges and dazzles, 1899 is a date worth keeping.”
HIGH SCHOOL (PRIME VIDEO)
Based on the 2019 best-selling book by Canadian musicians Tegan and Sarah Quinn, this eight-part comedy is billed as a story about finding your own identity—a journey that becomes even more difficult when you have a twin whose own struggles and self-discovery are so close. mimics your own.
Set against the backdrop of ’90s grunge and rave, the series weaves between parallel and conflicting memories of sisters growing up in a hallway apart. Directed by: Clea Duval from The Happiest Season.
“The show may seem slow, but it has the same coziness and gentle suspense that made My So-Called Life a cult hit. It looks like a baggy wool cardigan,” wrote Rachel Syme of The New Yorker.
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MAN INSIDE (NETFLIX)
Former Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is the man behind this four-part BBC thriller about the beloved duo Stanley Tucci and David Tennant.
The former plays a US death row inmate seeking redemption, while the latter plays a priest in a quiet little English village who has a terrible secret.
Moffat is a master of audience manipulation, deftly playing with our emotions, deftly diverting our attention, and engulfing us in his moral conundrums as he weaves thought-provoking and compelling stories in a surprisingly compressed span of time.
Of course, it helps a lot that his semi-permanent Sherlock collaborator Paul McGuigan pulls the strings, keeps the threads of the story taut while sitting in the director’s chair, and his two male leads are a duo well versed in creating the complex, nuanced characters that inhabit in a very gray area of the traditionally monochrome spectrum of morality.
RIDLEY (THREE NOW)
Adrian Dunbar of Line of Duty helms this four-part ITV drama about a retired police officer who is lured back into his service as a consulting detective when his former protégé Carol Farman (Brona Waugh) needs help solving a complicated murder case.
“As a chance for Dunbar to move on from his role as Ted Hastings… without alienating those who got to know him in the first place through it, it works very well,” wrote The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan. “Yes, he’s another tortured detective and basically a decent person, but he’s got more to play with – and play with – here.”
Ridley is now available to stream on ThreeNow.
THE HEROES OF THE SHAPERS (TVNZ+)
Based on a 2017 book by British historian and The Times columnist Ben McIntyre, this six-part BBC series follows the Special Air Service (SAS) format during World War II. Hospitalized after a failed exercise in North Africa in 1941, officer David Sterling (Connor Swindells) comes up with a radical plan to rebuild traditional command units.
Written by Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight, the show’s cast also includes Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen, Sofia Boutella and Dominic West.
“Big, brash, witty and full of energy. It’s Khaki Blinders, if you will,” wrote Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian.
WARRIOR NONA (NETFLIX)
The second, eight-episode season of this cult fantasy drama based on Ben Dunn’s comic book character, the warrior nun Areala.
Starring Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, breakout star Alba Baptista is the story of a young woman who wakes up in a mortuary with inexplicable powers and then finds herself embroiled in a battle between good and evil.
“Baptista remains a compelling and effective actress who plays dynamically as Ava. Warrior Nun takes season two to the next level as it skillfully blends action, romance, sacrifice and a return to faith in humanity,” wrote Kristen Maldonado of Pop Culture Planet.
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WELCOME TO CHIPPENDALES (DISNEY+)
Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani stars in this eight-part crime drama inspired by C. Scott McDonald and Patrick MontesDeOki’s 2014 book Dance of Death: The Chippendale Murders.
It tells the “outrageous” story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of a strip man empire and let nothing stand in the way of his success.
The impressive cast also includes Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis and Dan Stevens.
“Come Dirty Dancing, Stay Sinister Drama,” wrote Matt Roush of TV Guide.
In the fifth season of this hilarious country drama starring Kevin Costner, the Duttons face the prospect of a growing menace from outsiders (especially the nefarious Caroline Warner played by Australian actor Jacki Weaver) and a “blackmail situation hell” between two of the siblings.
The two-hour premiere will be followed by six regular episodes and then a hiatus before the series returns for the second half of a season of the same length.
“The show remains compelling to watch despite its vastly different stakes – a Montana real estate battle or corporate land pollution is given as much weight as the unexpected death of a horse,” Collider’s Carly Lane wrote. “The central line-up itself is as strong as ever.”