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The TV we’re binging RN

Shardlake – Disney +

This four-part drama is based on the first novel in author C J Sansom’s series of books, set in 16th-century England during the dissolution of the monasteries.  It follows Matthew Shardlake (Arthur Hughes) a lawyer whose sheltered life is soon turned upside down when Cromwell (Sean Bean) instructs him to investigate the murder of one of his commissioners at a monastery in a remote town of Scarnsea. The commissioner was gathering evidence to close the monastery. King Henry VIII’s right-hand man tasks Shardlake to find the killer and solve the murder. Accompanied by a young companion named John Barak (Anthony Boyle) the duo is soon met with hostility and suspicion by the monks who fear for their future and will stop at nothing to preserve their order.

Outer Range – Amazon Prime

The first series of this rather weird series follows Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin) a Wyoming rancher who is fighting for his land and his family. He soon discovers a mysterious black void in the pasture after the arrival of Autumn, a drifter with a connection to Abbott ranch. The family are also coping with the disappearance of their daughter-in-law, Becca. This second season of this science fiction series promises to be even more mysterious than the first.

Bridgerton Season 3 –Netflix

HLN’ers, our favourite romantic drama is back after what feels like forever. Like every instalment so far, Bridgerton Series 3 will focus on another sibling of the Bridgerton family, this time it’s Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and his possible friends to lovers’ relationship with Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). However, it’s not all smooth sailing – it just wouldn’t be the beloved series we know and love if it were. Penelope’s attempts on the marriage front fail spectacularly and Colin returns from his summer travels to find that Penelope is giving him the cold shoulder – but in an attempt to fix it, he becomes her marriage mentor. We can only hope the pair realise they are actually in madly love with each other.

Insomnia – Paramount +

Insomnia follows a career-driven woman named Emma played by Line of Duty and Trigger Point star Vicky Mclure. Her life takes quite a turn when she finds herself ensnared in a web of sleeplessness, echoing her own mother’s past struggles, just days before her 40th birthday – the same way her mother had done before she suffered a violent psychotic breakdown. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Pinborough.

Eric – Netflix

Written and directed by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and Inspired by a true story, Netflix’s new series takes place in New York in the 1980s. It follows Vincent Sullivan (Benedict Cumberbatch) a renowned puppeteer whose life is turned upside down after the disappearance of his son, Edgar. Vincent soon finds solace through his friendship with Eric, the monster that lives under Edgar’s bed. In his quest to find the truth about Edgar’s disappearance, he becomes convinced that he can reunite with his son by putting the puppet on TV and his increasingly volatile behaviour alienates him from both his friends and family.

The Idea of You – Amazon Prime

In this new romance movie, Anne Hathaway plays Solene, a 40-year-old divorced mother from LA, who strikes up a romance with Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine) a 24-year-old member of the world’s biggest boyband August Moon. They meet after a chance encounter at Coachella, which Solene is attending with her teenage daughter. This one is based on the novel of the same name by Robinne Lee. HLN fun fact: the character of Hayes is said to be based on Harry Styles.

Atlas – Netflix

Science fiction seems to be a popular genre with Netflix this year. From the 3 Body Problem to Spaceman, the streamer just can’t get enough of space, time travel and all things otherworldly and this upcoming action epic is no different. Atlas follows a brilliant data analyst Atlas Shepard (Jennifer Lopez) who despite her distrust of artificial intelligence, joins a mission to capture a renegade robot named Harlen. But as is always the case in these movies, plans go awry when the world faces the threat of war led by artificial intelligence.

Chris Kingston
Entertainment Writer

The font of all knowledge when it comes to TV, film and books. Chris is Laura's brother and the font of all knowledge when it comes to anything related to TV, film and books. He provides our popular round-ups on what to watch at the cinema, the TV not to…

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