As the days get shorter and the evenings longer, now is the time to think about hibernation. We’ve rounded up some of the best new TV shows this autumn that will make your evenings in something to look forward to:
1. Unbelievable, Netflix
A Netflix exclusive based on the Pulitzer Prize winning true story of 18 year old Marie who reports a rape at knifepoint only to face suspicion of its validity. Apart from a pretty harrowing first episode this is an excellent and unexpected thriller with brilliant performances from Merritt Wever (two-time Emmy winner) and Toni Collette.
2. The Loudest Voice, Sky Atlantic
Starring an almost unrecognisable Russell Crowe as TV executive Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News. Ailes was a hard-right, megalomaniac who was once described as “one of the worst Americans ever” by Rolling Stone magazine. Another true story, it charts the rise of Fox News, through the Obama years and into the Trump era until he was forced to resign for sexual harassment. Compelling viewing.
3. The Crown, Netflix
This third season of Netflix’s blockbuster royal drama sees Olivia Colman take on the role of Her Majesty. We’ve reached the 60s - expect moon landings, awkward interactions with pop culture and the arrival of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
4. The Irishman, Netflix
A three and a half hour epic gangster tale from the movie-making legend, Scorsese. This biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. It includes some impressive ‘youthification’ de-aging production techniques to see a young De Niro on screen and the script was good enough to persuade Joe Pesci out of retirement. It scored a lesser-spotted 100% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes and is tipped for double digit nominations at this year’s Oscars. Enough said.
5. Succession, Sky Atlantic
Just in case you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t seen this already. An epic tale of family relations and business. Deeply unlikable characters struggling with serious Daddy issues and what to do with their billion dollar inheritance. Whipsmart script and in our opinion the best thing on TV this year.