Spooky season is over. The fireworks are firing up and – dare we even say it – the faint aroma of Christmas is just around the cinnamon-scented corner… But that’s no excuse to neglect your television schedule, which is bursting with fantastic shows to watch as you snuggle up under a blanket, complaining about the distracting noise of the Catherine Wheels.
Those craving a nostalgia trip would do well to tune in to Archie, ITVX’s impressive four-part biopic of Cary Grant, starring Jason Isaacs. There is cosy, romantic period drama fare to be gobbled up in The Buccaneers, adapted from Edith Wharton’s final, unfinished novel and there is the longed for TV adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. For a trippy murder mystery with a difference, there is the Emma Corrin-fronted A Murder at The End of the World while their alma mater The Crown returns for the first instalment of its final season this month.
All The Light We Cannot See
There was a time when you couldn’t move without seeing this book on a commuter's lap. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr was an international bestseller and it is now a remarkable limited series for Netflix. It tells the story of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, who has fled to the town of St Malo with her father during the Nazi occupation of WWI. They are doggedly pursued by a Gestapo officer who is after a rather unique item in Marie-Laure’s possession. While there, Marie-Laure’s life becomes inexorably intertwined with that of a young German boy, Werner. The book was a sensation and the series will undoubtedly prove a major draw for its legions of fans. If you’ve never read it, now is your chance to lose yourself in this moving story.
All the Light We Cannot See is streaming on Netflix from 2 November.
Here it is: our annual visit to the moody and compelling world of the Windsors, as seen through the visionary eye of Peter Morgan. This month, the first instalment of the final season arrives, covering one of the most infamous moments in the family's history: the fateful final journey of Princess Diana. How the series, which has been mired in controversy for its depiction of the royals, will handle this tragedy, remains to be seen, but all eyes will almost certainly still be on this water-cooler of a show, not least for the long awaited unveiling of its depiction of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The second half of the sixth season is due in December.
The Crown, Season Six Part One, is streaming on Netflix from 16 November.
Jason Issacs has taken on what appears to be the role of a lifetime, embodying Hollywood superstar Cary Grant in this four-part biopic for ITVX. Charting the life of the extraordinary titan of Hollywood’s greatest age, it will look at Grant’s humble origins in Bristol (back when he was known as Archibald Leach) right through to his mammoth success in Los Angeles. Also starring Harriet Walter and Kara Tointon, and penned by Philomena writer Jeff Pope, this will be well worth a watch – for die-hard Grant fans or those intrigued by the story behind the icon.
Archie debuts on ITVX later this month
Based on the final, unfinished novel of Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers tells a fictionalised account of the very real influx of American heiresses who descended on English society in the late 19th century, intent on finding husbands. The series has brought the novel to life with vibrant flair and a bevy of bright young talent, including Imogen Waterhouse and Alisha Boe alongside a welcome return to the small screen for Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Think Gossip Girl meets The Gilded Age with a splash of Downton thrown in – prime cosy-season viewing.
The Buccaneers is streaming on Apple TV + from 8 November
A Murder at the End of The World
Whatever Emma Corrin does, there is a high chance the world will be watching. The actor is always one to watch, and their latest move is this dark and trippy mindbender from the team behind cult Netflix show The OA. This Disney+ series – which will premiere with a two-parter and then release new episodes each week – is a murder mystery set in the remote enclave of a mysterious billionaire (played by Clive Owen), which hacker Darby (Corrin) feels they must solve. So far, so Glass Onion, but this promises to be a far murkier prospect, with unexpected twists and a moodier feel. Also boasting a cast including Brit Marling and Harris Dickinson, this could be the TV sleeper hit of the autumn.
A Murder at the End of the World debuts on Disney+ on 14 November.
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