Just when you thought you'd signed up to all the streaming services you need, along came Apple TV Plus to shake things up with its impressive catalogue of original titles, blockbuster movies and Emmy-nominated series.

The platform has come a long way since it launched back in 2019, with shows such as Masters of the Air, Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Slow Horses and Severance all attracting the attention of TV lovers across the globe – and if you've recently subscribed to the streamer and want to know what you should be tuning in to, then you've come to the right place.

Our experts here at RadioTimes.com have selected the biggest, boldest and best titles you can find on Apple TV Plus so you can spend your time watching instead of endlessly scrolling through its sleek menu - there's something here for everyone.

If you want to find out more about the service, check out our guide to Apple TV Plus, or read on for our picks of the best TV shows available.

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  • Dark Matter

    • 2024
    • Romance
    • Thriller
    • 15

    Summary:

    A devoted family man seeks a path back to his loved ones in a mind-bending nine-part sci-fi thriller adapted from Blake Crouch's best-selling novel. College physics professor Jason Dessen (Joel Egderton) lives in Chicago with his wife Daniela (Jennifer Connelly) and son Charlie (Oakes Fegley), blissfully happy with his life choices. The patriarch is drugged and abducted and regains consciousness in a science laboratory in an alternate Chicago, where another Jason decided to pursue his calling as a quantum mechanics physicist and never married Daniela. Instead, this other Jason built a device that allows the user to travel between every conceivable reality generated from every possible decision or outcome of an event. Jason deduces he has become a victim of himself and his family is in grave danger

    Why watch Dark Matter?:

    Reality is about to get bent out shape for physicist college professor Jason Dessen (Joel Edgerton) who, after being attacked and knocked unconscious at night by a masked man, wakes in a life that is not his own. He’s no longer married to his artist wife Daniela (Jennifer Connelly) and their son Charlie has never been born — in short, it’s the ultimate existential crisis.

    Adapted from the inventive 2016 bestseller by Blake Crouch (who retains creative control over this TV version), what follows feels kind of like a sci-fi Sliding Doors with high-stakes chase scenes taking the place of romantic comedy as Jason gets to grips with nefarious and shadowy adversaries forcing him to travel down the roads not taken.

    David Brown

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  • The Big Cigar

    • 2024
    • Drama
    • Thriller

    Summary:

    Hollywood sprinkles its magic over social revolution in a six-part dramatisation of an outlandish true story, based on Joshuah Bearman's magazine article. Black Panther founder Huey P Newton (Andre Holland) is determined to evade the FBI and escape to Cuba. He enlists the help of famed film executive Bert Schneider (Alessandro Nivola) to pull of an elaborate plan involving a fake movie production. Everything that can go wrong with the hare-brained scheme does and Schneider and his team have to think on their feet to avoid discovery and disaster

    Why watch The Big Cigar?:

    Revolutionary politics is a serious business in a drama telling the true-ish story of how Black Panther leader Huey P Newton (André Holland) fled from America in 1974, via an elaborate plan concocted by red-hot film producer Bert Schneider (Alessandro Nivola): what looks like a film about an escape to Cuba is cover for the real thing.

    The plan suffers from numerous setbacks and features a cast of oddball supporting characters, but the capering is offset by a diligent, slightly worthy examination of the experiences and injustices that made Newton so determined not to give in to the US authorities.

    Jack Seale

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  • Sugar

    • 2024
    • Mystery
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Academy Award nominee Colin Farrell stars in and executive produces an eight-part detective story directed by Fernando Meirelles. Private investigator John Sugar (Farrell) is tasked with solving the disappearance of Olivia Siegel (Sydney Chandler). She is the beloved granddaughter of legendary Hollywood producer Jonathan Siegel (James Cromwell), who will pay handsomely for her safe return. As John follows the haphazard trail of evidence, he unearths the Siegel family's darkest secrets and many compelling motives for wanting to abduct Olivia

    Why watch Sugar?:

    Private investigator John Sugar (Colin Farrell) feels like a man out of time. His beat may be contemporary Los Angeles, but he very much draws on that mythic figure of hardboiled detective stories, Philip Marlowe.

    Black-and-white fragments from Humphrey Bogart movies flash through Sugar’s mind, while world-weary voiceover narration settles like cigarette smoke from a bygone era over the 21st-century action. Why this stylistic device has been employed isn’t yet clear, but it’s a mystery that’s as diverting as the one that Sugar’s employed to solve — that of the granddaughter of a Hollywood mogul who has gone missing.

    David Brown

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  • Palm Royale

    • 2024
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    A loveable underdog vows to gatecrash 1969 Palm Beach high society in a life-affirming comedy drama written by Abe Sylvia, based loosely on Juliet McDaniel's novel Mr & Mrs American Pie. Insatiable social climber Maxine Simmons (Kristen Wiig) arrives in Palm Beach and quickly realises that the dividing line between the haves and have nots is admission to the most exclusive club in town: Palm Royale. Evelyn Rollins (Allison Janney) is queen bee of this hive of dark secrets and she deeply resents Maxine's efforts to worm her way into rarefied circles where she clearly doesn't belong. Unperturbed, Maxine makes friends with staff including master mixologist Robert (Ricky Martin) to elbow her way into the club and undermine Evelyn's influence

    Why watch Palm Royale?:

    Kristen Wiig is an interloper with nothing to lose in a richly styled dramedy: in Palm Beach, Florida in 1969, a group of middle-aged women rule the social roost from their perch at the exclusive Palm Royale members club. Maxine (Wiig) isn’t a member and has a murky, tenuous claim to being worthy of high society but she’s determined to sit at the top table. The show isn’t sure how malevolent or sympathetic it wants Wiig to be and it could do with being either sillier or more vicious — as it is, it’s a diverting enough swirl of secrets, schemes and gossip.

    The cast, meanwhile, is a treat: Allison Janney raising a spiky eyebrow as the incumbent queen bee, Ricky Martin with his shirt off more than it’s on, and Laura Dern as a leader of an uncertain but growing feminist movement.

    Jack Seale

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  • Manhunt

    • 2024
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 12

    Summary:

    A quest for worldwide fame ignites one of the biggest manhunts in American history in a seven-part conspiracy thriller based on the best-selling non-fiction book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer. A few days after the Confederate surrender in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln (Hamish Linklater) is fatally shot at the theatre, in front of his wife Mary (Lili Taylor), by stage actor John Wilkes Booth (Anthony Boyle). Around 1500 people in the audience witness the callous crime yet Booth manages to escape. U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Tobias Menzies) spearheads the manhunt to capture Booth and bring him to justice, whatever the personal cost.

    Why watch Manhunt?:

    Abraham Lincoln is one of American history’s most high-profile casualties, his killer John Wilkes Booth a name synonymous with assassination. What isn’t as well known is the story of the 12-day chase that followed the murder of the president, but this fast-paced seven-parter reveals what happened after the shooting.

    On one side, there’s Anthony Boyle as the fugitive Booth, and on the other, Lincoln (Hamish Linklater) and his friend and war secretary Edwin Stanton (Tobias Menzies), who personifies the pursuit. Swirling between them is the grim possibility of the Civil War reigniting…

    David Butcher

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  • Masters of the Air

    • 2024
    • War
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Austin Butler, Oscar-nominated for his performance in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis, sits in the pilot's seat alongside Callum Turner of a stirring wartime drama based on Donald L Miller's book. In 1943, as Hitler's war machine tighten its grip on Europe, Allied forces seek to regain superiority in the sky. The 100th Bomb Group of the US Air Force, known as the 'Bloody Hundredth', hopes to turn that tide from its base at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk. Spearheaded by Major Gale Cleven (Butler)[, Major John Egan (Turner) and Major Harry Crosby (Anthony Boyle), the unit of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers conducts dangerous bombing raids over Germany, flying at 25,000 feet in oxygen-deprived conditions that tests the men's resolve. Fully aware of the likelihood that they will die in service of their country, air men risk everything to strike at the heart of the Third Reich

    Why watch?:

    Chocks are finally away on this epic drama that began shooting in 2021 and is rumoured to be among the most expensive ever made. Based on Donald L Miller’s book, it follows the men of the American Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group as they embark on some of the most dangerous bombing raids of the Second World War, hitting targets in Nazi Germany in broad daylight.

    Like a lot of war epics, the opening episodes introduce a bewildering array of characters, but the cast — including Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Ncuti Gatwa and Barry Keoghan, some of whom are rather more famous now than they were when this was filmed — soon make us care about their fates. The aerial scenes, and the location shots, are spectacular. And for further viewing, don't miss documentary film The Bloody Hundredth about the people Masters of the Air was based on.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin

    • 2024
    • Action
    • Comedy

    Summary:

    Great British Bake Off co-host Noel Fielding portrays the dandy highwayman in an irreverent comedy adventure created by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, who gleefully rewrite 18th-century history. Corrupt lawman Jonathan Wilde (Hugh Bonneville) appoints himself chief thief-taker in an era of highway robberies and daring heists. Dick Turpin (Fielding) is the most famous of these outlaws, famed across Britain for his glorious hair and unabashed charm. Wilde vows to put Turpin behind bars but his prey is a showman of considerable cunning and guile, who is supported by a band of lovable misfits

    Why watch The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin?:

    The legend of the 18th-century English highwayman is fuel for a jolly period comedy that pitches itself somewhere between Horrible Histories and Our Flag Means Death. Noel Fielding is Dick, the son of a butcher who, in this telling, is a vegan who is reluctant to kill animals. Rejected by his father, he accidentally joins a gang of thieves before accidentally becoming their leader, which brings him to the attention of preening lawman Jonathan Wilde (Hugh Bonneville).

    Some well-played silliness — such as the scene where Wilde reluctantly brings his misbehaving young son with him to work —and a great supporting cast make it a fun ride.

    Jack Seale

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  • Constellation

    • 2024
    • Mystery
    • Romance
    • 15

    Summary:

    A brave astronaut vows to piece together her fractured life in a psychological thriller created and written by Peter Harness. In the aftermath of a disaster in space that almost kills her, Jo (Noomi Rapace) returns home to Earth to the loving embrace of her daughter. However, reality back on terra firma doesn't gel with the visions in Jo's head and she fears her duties far above the surface of the planet may have irrevocably warped her mind. Desperate to expose the truth, Jo flirts with paranoia and wild conspiracy theories to reclaim what she contends has been stolen from her

    Why watch?:

    Astronauts are exposed to sights those grounded on Earth wish they could see, but this genre-bending eight-parter asks us to question what it is that scientist Jo (Noomi Rapace) is witnessing. She’s on the ISS at the time of a disaster, but life soon proves terrifying when she finds she can no longer trust her own eyes.

    Part sci-fi drama, part psychological thriller, the show’s aim is to spark debate about its ambiguities. Has Jo’s brain been starved of oxygen? Might she have been exposed to something? Could she be dead? Or is this all just some nightmare that Jo is experiencing while separated from loved ones? In space, no-one can hear you dream…

    David Brown

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  • The New Look

    • 2024
    • Romance
    • War

    Summary:

    Fashion sows seeds of hope during the second World War In Nazi-occupied Paris in a finely tailored 10-part series created by Todd A Kessler, featuring costumes made collaboration with the House of Dior. At a pivotal moment in the 20th century, the reign of Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche) as the world's most famous fashion designer is threatened by the rise of Christian Dior (Ben Mendelsohn). His creative brilliance restores beauty to the stricken capital and inspires rivals and contemporaries including Chanel, Pierre Balmain (Thomas Poitevin) and Cristobal Balenciaga (Nuno Lopes). Grammy Award winner Jack Antonoff curates a soundtrack of contemporary cover versions by the likes of Bleachers, Nick Cave, Lana Del Rey, Matty Healy from The 1975, and Florence Welch

    Why watch The New Look?:

    The birth of modern fashion is recounted in a riveting, disquieting period drama that pulls together a cast as high-end as the fashion houses it chronicles.

    In Paris 1955, Christian Dior (Ben Mendelsohn) is overcome with anxiety ahead of a retrospective of his most famous designs (it’s here we get a scintillating morsel of the jaw-dropping costume that will later follow in this ten-part series). Meanwhile, Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche) is 70 years old and speaking to the press about her comeback. “Print this: Christian Dior ruined French couture,” she scoffs. “And I’m coming back to save it.”

    Their rivalry must wait, though. We soon wind back to 1943 and find both Dior and Chanel amid the brutality of the Second World War and the Nazi occupation of the French capital. Here their threads are sparsely interwoven, but they’re both doing what they must to put their families first and survive. Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Maisie Williams and Claes Bang are among the stellar support.

    Frances Taylor

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  • Criminal Record

    • 2024
    • Mystery
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Two talented police officers vie for supremacy on the streets of contemporary London in an eight-part crime thriller created by BAFTA Award nominee Paul Rutman. Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Hegarty (Peter Capaldi) has a long and distinguished career in the capital and he is determined to protect his legacy at all costs. An anonymous telephone call relating to an old case draws the attention of Hegarty and Detective Sergeant June Lenker (Cush Jumbo), who is eager to impress her superiors in the early stages of her career. Against a backdrop of institutional racism, the two detectives impose their chosen narratives on a historic murder conviction

    Why watch Criminal Record?:

    Given recent indictments of the Metropolitan Police, it would be naive for TV dramas to now portray all serving officers in the traditional manner as our saviours and protectors. So, I suspect the examination of prejudice within the force that we see in Criminal Record will be the first of many. But writer Paul Rutman (whose previous screen credits include Indian Summers and Next of Kin) has undoubtedly set the bar high with his urgent state-of-the-Met thriller, which pits a detective fresh to CID (played by Cush Jumbo) against a seasoned veteran (Peter Capaldi) who’s determined to protect his legacy.

    The catalyst for bringing the pair into each other’s orbit is a desperate anonymous phone call that is soon found to have links to an old murder case. But with this discovery come questions about institutional failings, as well as crackling tension between the two series leads.

    David Brown

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  • Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

    • 2023
    • Action
    • Fantasy

    Summary:

    Legendary Entertainment laid the foundations of its so-called Monsterverse in 2014 with the big screen action adventure Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards. Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Godzilla Vs Kong have expanded this fantastical world of interconnected characters and stories, which will deepen further with the release of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire in April 2024. This 10-part series provides a narrative bridge to the forthcoming sequel, set in the aftermath of the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that left San Francisco in ruins. Schoolteacher Cate (Anna Sawai) joins forces with Army officer Lee Shaw (Kurt Russell) to expose the dark secrets of the shadowy organisation known as Monarch. In flashbacks to the 1950s, the young Lee (played by Russell's actor son Wyatt) works closely with scientist Keiko (Mari Yamamoto) and explorer Bill (Anders Holm) to establish Monarch and protect humanity from hulking kaiju and the omnipresent threat of nuclear war

    Why watch Monarch: Legacy of Monsters?:

    Godzilla/Kong monster movies successfully transition to episodic television in a series that strikes a good balance between creature spectacle and character drama. In Tokyo, when a woman taking care of her late father’s affairs discovers he had a secret second family, a new monster-tracking team is born. Meanwhile, a team of three monsterologists are investigating a site they think contains dormant super-beasts…and they’re dangerously correct.

    With twin timelines exploring the origins of the story and a juicy conspiracy to unravel, there’s plenty more going on here than just reptiles stomping on skyscrapers.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Buccaneers

    • 2023
    • Romance
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Young American women cause a commotion among 1870s English aristocracy in a music-driven period drama created by Katherine Jakeways and directed by Susanna White, which is inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton's unfinished final novel. Led by an all-female creative team, the series focuses on the exploits of Conchita Closson (Alisha Boe), Lizzy Elmsworth (Aubri Ibrag), Mabel Elmsworth (Josie Totah), Jinny St George (Imogen Waterhouse) and her younger sister Annabel aka Nan (Kristine Froseth). The fun-loving quintet have been instructed to secure wealthy husbands and titles by turning heads during a tightly corseted London season. Jinny and Nan's mother (Christina Hendricks) watches intently as men with power and girls with fortunes disregard centuries of tradition in pursuit of wedded bliss

    Why watch The Buccaneers?:

    This drama is based on a novel by Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth — but Wharton’s last book was unfinished when she died in 1937, which means liberties can be taken…

    The story of American debutantes disrupting the social scene in 1870s London emerges at first as a frothy affair, but it’s not quite as light as it seems in the opening, which plays like a cross between Bridgerton and a 1980s pop video.

    Kristine Froseth leads the wild young things as Nan, with Christina Hendricks, Fenella Woolgar and Amelia Bullmore playing tutting, scheming grown-ups.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Essex Serpent

    • 2022
    • Romance
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Based on Sarah Perry's novel, The Essex Serpent slowly uncoils around London widow Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes), who leaves the city to investigate intriguing reports of a mythical serpent. She forms a strong emotional bond with the local pastor (Tom Hiddleston) but when tragedy strikes in the local community, superstitious residents point the finger of blame at Cora for antagonising the creature.

    Why watch?:

    Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent is that rare, mythical beast: an adaptation that feels just as compelling as its celebrated source material.

    Based on Sarah Perry’s bestselling book, the series stars Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston and is set in Victorian England. Danes is heartbreakingly wonderful as Cora Seaborne, a recently widowed amateur naturalist who relocates to Essex to investigate rumours of a monstrous serpent. Meanwhile, the series is beautiful to look at, in particular, the evocation of the bleak - but bewitching - wintry landscape Cora finds there.

    Flora Carr

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  • John Lennon: Murder Without A Trial

    • 2023
    • History
    • Documentary and factual

    Summary:

    Docuseries chronicling John Lennon's 1980 murder

    Why watch John Lennon: Murder without a Trial?:

    A solid three-part documentary looks back at the murder in 1980 of John Lennon, assembling an impressive array of people who directly witnessed the crime and its aftermath, plus startling archive footage of the reaction on US TV news. After episode one, the focus is on the criminal investigation and the question of whether the gunman, Mark Chapman, was mentally robust enough to stand trial.

    That’s not a story that amounts to very much, but it’s comprehensively told.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Enfield Poltergeist

    • 2023
    • Documentary and factual
    • Horror

    Summary:

    In 1977, the Hodgson family living at 284 Green Street in Enfield made bold claims about a poltergeist haunting their home witnessed by two of the children, Margaret and her sister Janet. The case ignited newspaper headlines and has been repeatedly dramatised on stage and screen including The Conjuring 2. This four-part documentary delves into more than 250 hours of rare audio recordings to recreate terrifying events from 46 years ago including present-day interviews with people affected by the case. Actors perform testimony on the audio tapes inside a replica of the house in Enfield, blurring lines between fact and fiction

    Why watch The Enfield Poltergeist?:

    It’s already one of the most well-chronicled cases of the possibly supernatural, but this docuseries offers fresh chills thanks to its unsettling conceit. In a re-creation of that notorious north London house, actors lip-sync to recordings made by paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse, who captured hundreds of hours of audio footage while in the company of the Hodgsons, victims — as they claimed in the late 1970s — of poltergeist activity. The whole thing has a strange, uncanny air.

    David Brown

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  • The Changeling

    • 2023
    • Fantasy
    • Horror

    Summary:

    Set in an alternate New York City, a father and husband searches through a magical world for his abducted son and missing wife.

    Why watch The Changeling?:

    A bewitching, beguiling drama, not least because it takes a long time before we understand exactly what we’re watching.

    In New York in 2010, shy bookworm Apollo (Lakeith Stanfield) experiences love at first sight in a library, but his romantic story will not be a straightforward one. While that narrative gradually introduces disturbing, possibly supernatural elements, we go back to the 1960s and 70s, where Apollo’s mother Lillian (Adina Porter) lives through her own imperfect version of marriage and parenthood in a city where something always seems to be moving in a dark corner nearby.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Super Models

    • 2023
    • Entertainment
    • Documentary and factual

    Summary:

    Follows Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington revisiting their modeling careers and how they disrupted the '90s fashion scene.

    Why watch The Super Models?:

    From the late 1980s to mid-90s, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell ruled the roost as supermodels. They all came of age together in the fashion industry and in this four-part series are candid about their humble beginnings and big breaks. But the series doesn’t shy away from the less savoury aspects of the business, also reflecting on events in a post-#MeToo, post-Black Lives Matter landscape.

    With contributions from designers Donatella Versace and Michael Kors, photographers Arthur Elgort, Martin Brading and Peter Lindbergh, plus Vogue trailblazers Grace Coddington and Edward Enninful, it’s an illuminating must-watch for any fashion faithful.

    Laura Rutkowski

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  • Wanted: The Escape of Carlos Ghosn

    • 2023
    • Documentary and factual

    Summary:

    Chronicles the rise and fall of former Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, how one of the most admired businessmen became its most famous international fugitive.

    Why watch Wanted: the Escape of Carlos Ghosn?:

    In 2018, Carlos Ghosn, the then CEO of Renault and Nissan, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of financial fraud. One year later, having been granted bail, he made an audacious escape: hiding in a box and arranging to have it smuggled out of the country.

    This gripping four-part series recounts the events leading up to his flight. It paints a portrait of a mogul who managed the impossible in turning around the fortunes of two enormous car companies, before allowing himself to be consumed by greed. Of course, the man himself doesn't see it that way.

    Stephen Kelly

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  • Invasion

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 15

    Summary:

    People around the world contend with the deadly repercussions of first contact with an aggressive extra-terrestrial race intent on wiping out humanity

    Why watch Invasion?:

    The first series of this lavish science-fiction show chronicled the discovery - and subsequent invasion - of a mysterious alien fleet, through the eyes of ordinary people around the world. It's an intriguing concept, albeit one that proved too ponderous and slow, stretching out the inevitable invasion until breaking point.

    This action-packed premiere of season two rectifies that. The highlight is Mitsuki (Shioli Kutsuna). Fresh from fighting gnarly little spider aliens in Japan, she is brought to Brazil in the hope that she can commune with a downed alien ship. The twist is that the ship causes brain damage, meaning that she could emerge "not knowing your mother's face".

    Stephen Kelly

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  • Strange Planet

    • 2023
    • Comedy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Based on Nathan Pyle's webcomic Strange Planet.

    Why watch Strange Planet?:

    This idiosyncratic ten-part animation is based, with admirable care and fidelity, on Nathan W Pyle’s webcomic and graphic novel. Blue-skinned aliens adhere to human behaviours and lifestyles while reflecting on the inexplicable bizarreness of much of them through rigorously technical and literal analysis of emotions. Despite these outsider insights, it is suffused with warmth and unexpected perceptiveness (the involvement of Community creator Dan Harmon feels key here), beginning with a gently thorough dissection of air travel before moving on to the impact of a band break-up.

    It’s cutely whimsical rather than hilarious, but unarguably singular.

    Gabriel Tate

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  • Hijack

    • 2023
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Emmy Award nominee Idris Elba braces for impact in a high-stakes airborne thriller created by George Kay and Jim Field Smith, which unfolds in real time across seven hour-long episodes. Kingdom Airlines flight 29 leaves Dubai bound for London with captain Robin Allen (Ben Miles) at the controls. Gun-toting hijackers take control of the aircraft shortly after take-off, demanding the mobile devices of every passenger so they can maintain radio silence. Skilled corporate negotiator Sam Nelson (Elba) refuses to play by the rules, risking everything to defuse the situation and safely land in the English capital to be reunited with his family

    Why watch Hijack?:

    Don’t you hate it when this happens? You and your ruthless crew have meticulously planned your gunpoint hijack of an airplane full of British TV character actors, but it turns out there’s one guy on board with a particular set of skills… Idris Elba is that man in a thriller that has enough smarts in its scripting and direction (by the versatile George Kay and Jim Field Smith, who also did Litvinenko, Criminal and Stag) to overcome the cliches of the genre, and which heightens the enveloping tension of the story by telling it in real time. So what exactly are those skills that Sam Nelson (Elba) has, which might foil the plans of a gang of criminals led by a typically intense Neil Maskell? Finding out will make you want to crash straight on into episode two.

    Jack Seale

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  • The Crowded Room

    • 2023
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    Tom Holland executive produces and stars in a 10-part psychological thriller inspired by a real-life case that made legal history. Danny Sullivan (Holland) is arrested for his involvement in a 1979 shooting in New York City. He claims to have 'blank spots' in his recollection and skilled interrogator Rya Goodwin (Amanda Seyfried) is called in to unlock the suspect's memories and get to the shocking truth. Danny shares vignettes from his life story, including key moments that shaped him as a socially awkward loner and a potential culprit. As an unreliable narrator of his past, Danny can control what Rya learns about his unsettling past and slyly mould her feelings towards him

    Why watch The Crowded Room?:

    It's best to watch this drama without knowing anything about it - don't look up what the book it's based on is about, for example. New York, 1979: a troubled-looking man called Danny and his female friend track another man through central New York. Then the woman fires a gun at the man and disappears, leaving Danny to face the authorities. In conversation with a criminal psychologist (Amanda Seyfried), Danny recounts his life story, which we see in flashback. Suffice to say that Holland has taken on a bigger acting role here than you might initially think.

    Jack Seale

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  • Platonic

    • 2023
    • Comedy
    • Romance
    • 15

    Summary:

    Getting by with a little help from your friends is harder than it looks in a 10-part comedy co-created and co-written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco. Sylvia (Rose Byrne) and Will (Seth Rogen) are former best friends who have drifted apart. As they approach midlife, the duo enthusiastically reconnect and reignite a platonic bond that becomes all-consuming, destablising everything they have worked hard to build during their hiatus from each other

    Why watch Platonic?:

    Reuniting the stars and director of the 2014 movie Bad Neighbours, this new romantic-ish comedy plays like the first half-hour of a romcom film extended across a series. Rose Byrne is Sylvia, a bored California mother and housewife who reconnects suddenly with her old friend Will - played by Seth Rogen, which indicates he's going to be something of a slobby wildcard. As they start to hang out, however, it's clear that Sylvia is as irresponsible and unpredictable as her old buddy is, and their new adventures are going to majorly disrupt her family life. Do Will and Sylvia actually love each other? There are a lot of cheeky, semi-improvised laughs before you need to worry about that.

    Jack Seale

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  • City On Fire

    • 2023
    • Mystery
    • Thriller
    • 15

    Summary:

    The shooting of a New York University student in 2003 in Central Park exhumes the long-buried secrets of a circle of friends in a mystery thriller inspired by Garth Risk Hallberg's acclaimed novel. Samantha (Chase Sui Wonders) watches a friend's band play at her favourite downtown club before she leaves unexpectedly to meet someone. She never returns and is found on the fourth of July, the victim of a shooting without any witnesses and scant physical evidence. Close pal Charlie (Wyatt Oleff), whose father died in the September 11 attacks two years earlier, promises to unravel the chain of events leading to her attack and he links Samantha to a series of mysterious citywide fires and a wealthy uptown real estate family.

    Why watch City on Fire?:

    The much-hyped 2015 novel upon which this crime drama is based was steeped in the New York of the 1970s. But here the mystery is transplanted to 2003 and injected with post-9/11 angst. The central conceit, though, remains the same, as we chart the fallout from the shooting of an NYU student in Central Park on those in her orbit. They’re a disparate bunch of anarchists, edgy musicians and wealthy high rollers whose secrets are revealed against a backdrop of mysterious city-wide arson attacks.

    David Brown

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