AS NIGHTS get longer and Brits start to spend more time indoors, it's the perfect time of year to start binge-watching TV.
The Sun's TV mag has a great line-up of shows to recommend that are coming out on popular streaming platforms in the upcoming week, including everything from documentaries to reality programmes.
Acclaimed Hollywood director Wes Anderson is the man behind this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s magical short story about a gambler called Henry Sugar, who learns how to see with his eyes closed – a skill that changes his outlook on the world. Clocking in at a breezy 37 minutes, it promises to be short but sweet, featuring a fantastic cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Ralph Fiennes as Roald himself, Rupert Friend, Ben Kingsley, Dev Patel and Richard Ayoade. Of course, this isn’t the first time that Wes has adapted one of Dahl’s stories – his stop-motion animation version of Fantastic Mr Fox is a charming and witty treat – so lots is expected of this latest production.
When newsreader Jill Dando was shot dead on her own doorstep in 1999, the brutal and senseless crime sent shockwaves across the nation. No one could understand why this much-loved and very familiar face from British TV had been murdered – or who might have been behind it. The subsequent homicide investigation became one of the biggest in British history, but despite the painstaking inquiry and weeks of media coverage, the case has never been solved. Nearly a quarter of a century later, this three-part documentary takes a deep dive into the case, talking to family, friends, journalists, investigators and lawyers. Don’t go expecting too many dramatic new revelations, but it’s still likely to be a gripping watch.
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For some people – of a certain age – the name Castlevania will bring back happy memories of hours spent playing the original 1980s vampire-slaying computer game. It spawned many sequels and, eventually, a 2017 adult animated TV series of the same name. Now here comes a spin-off from that series, an eight-part animated fantasy adventure set in late 18
th-century France during the height of the French Revolution. The aristocracy has joined forces with a terrifying Vampire Messiah, who agrees to help crush the revolution by unleashing an army of bloodthirsty vampires. It seems only one man can stand in their way – Richter Belmont (voiced by Edward Bluemel), the last descendant of a legendary family of vampire hunters. Enjoyably over-the-top manga thrills. Encounters Available from Wednesday
With the US government releasing UFO-related reports and military whistleblowers making claims about supposed alien vehicles in the possession of the American authorities, the subject of extraterrestrials is back near the top of the news agenda. So what better time for this four-part series exploring incredible true stories that appear to involve otherworldly close encounters? From underwater craft terrorising a coastal Welsh village, to schoolchildren encountering aliens in Zimbabwe, strange light over a small town in Texas, and non-human intelligence interfering with a nuclear power plant in Japan, the stories are told from the perspective of the people who lived them and feature contributions from scientists and military personnel. The truth is out there.
Love Is In The Air Available from Thursday
Delta Goodrem and Kylie’s ex Joshua Sasse star in this picturesque romcom, which has an enjoyably original set-up. Dana (Delta) is a pilot working for a non-profit airline that provides essential transportation for local island communities in far-north Queensland, Australia. There’s a cloud headed her way, however, in the handsome shape of London-based financial officer William (Joshua), who’s been sent with a secret mission: to review the airline’s finances, with a view to shut it down. But when William falls in love with Dana – and the local community – his loyalties are torn. And when Dana discovers William’s mission, the couple hit some serious turbulence. Easy-going romantic fun.
The Devil’s Plan Available from Tuesday
We like to think we’re pretty good at competitive reality shows here in Britain, but South Korea is really leading the way right now. This year already it’s given us imaginative shows such as Zombieverse and Physical 100, and now here is The Devil’s Plan. Twelve contestants – including K-Pop star Boo Seung-kwan – live together in a specially designed compound for a week, competing in tough, pressurised mental challenges and puzzles. And the contestant who can outwit the others and emerge victorious will take home a huge cash prize. Think a mash up of The Crystal Maze and Big Brother and you’ll be on the right lines.
Power Rangers Cosmic Fury Available from Friday
It’s morphin’ time! The Power Rangers are back and this time they’re headed into space. Following on from 2021’s Power Rangers: Dino Fury, the new series finds the gang exploring the furthest reaches of the cosmos in an attempt to defeat infamous villain Lord Zedd. Promising the usual high-kicking, action-packed excitement, there will also be some surprises, not least Pink Ranger Amelia Jones (Hunter Deno) becoming the Red Ranger – the first time a female has led the Rangers – and Fern from Dino Fury becoming the very first Orange Ranger. In a move that’s sure to please long-time fans of the show, Billy – the Blue Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – will be returning after 25 years. Go, go, Power Rangers!
PRIME VIDEO Gen V Available from Friday
Satirical superhero saga The Boys has earned a devoted fanbase who lap up its smart, foul-mouthed spoofing of comic-book cliches. Now the universe expands with this youthful spin-off, set at the fictional Godolkin University. The students here are all aspiring superheroes, eager to compete for the school's highly prized top ranking. But when the school's dark secrets are exposed, all hell breaks loose – as anyone who's seen Gen V's blood-spattered trailer will know. Stars Jaz Sinclair and Chance Perdomo from Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, and some familiar faces from The Boys will be dropping by. Launches with three episodes.
DISNEY+ The Kardashians Available from Thursday
We've been keeping up with The Kardashians – and the Jenners – for years now, and America's most famous family aren't done yet. Kris and her daughters Kourtney, Khloé, Kim, Kendall and Kylie are all back and fans will be eager to know how Kim's found her leap into acting with a role in American Horror Story: Delicate. Plus, we'll hopefully get the inside scoop on whether Kendall is dating rapper Bad Bunny and what’s going on with Kylie and actor Timothée Chalamet. There's also Kourtney's happy pregnancy news with partner Travis Barker. And Kendall might awkwardly chop a cucumber again!
DISCOVERY+ 90 Day Fiancé UK: Tell All Available from Sunday
The most recent series of 90 Day Fiancé UK might have ended but that doesn’t mean we have to wave goodbye to the couples just yet. Get ready for fireworks, fights and revelations galore as the cast of season two sit down with host Katherine Ryan in the studio to discuss and dissect their relationships, and to update us on what’s going on in their lives right now. And to make it even spicier, the different couples will get to meet each other for the first time right before the show, which could throw even more fuel on the fire.
APPLE TV+ Flora And Son Available from Friday
Dublin single mum Flora (played by Eve Hewson, the daughter of U2’s Bono), is struggling with her wayward teenage son, Max. He’s become moody and rebellious, and she’s desperate to find a way to give him some direction. Could the answer lie with music? After trying to tempt him with an old acoustic guitar, Flora finds her own life being changed by learning the instrument – thanks to some online lessons with jaded LA rock star Jeff (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Anyone who’s seen director and writer John Carney’s previous musical comedies – which include the brilliant Sing Street and Once – will know what to expect: loveable characters, great songs and a whole lot of heart.
LIONSGATE+ The Origins Of Hip Hop Available from Friday
To celebrate Black History Month in October, Lionsgate+ is getting in there early with this eight-part documentary series dedicated to the history and big-hitters of hip hop. Narrated by pioneering rapper Nas, the series takes a deep dive into the massively popular music genre, exploring some of the most celebrated and ground-breaking hip-hop artists along the way. Featuring new interviews with the likes of Busta Rhymes, Ice-T, Eve, Grandmaster Flash, Fat Joe, Uncle Luke, Ja Rule and Lil Jon, it’s the definitive guide to a sound that conquered the world. “This is the real story,” says Ice-T. “Not all this fiction that’s bouncing around.” The first four episodes land this week, with the final four dropping later in October.
HAYU Below Deck Mediterranean Available from Tuesday
With all the various versions and seasons of Below Deck, and all the subsequent camera crews clogging up the cabins and galleys of luxury yachts around the world, it’s a miracle that there’s any room for the all-important crew. But, thankfully, the team taking on the challenge of Below Deck Mediterranean’s season eight have been able to squeeze aboard, promising plenty of naughty nautical drama. The legendary Captain Sandy Yawn is back once again, in charge of the magnificent, 55m-long Mustique, and she’s joined by some new faces, including Chef Jack Luby, as well as some old hands, such as Second Stews Kyle Viljoen and Nat Scudder, and Chief Stew Tumi Mhlongo, who viewers might recognise from Below Deck Down Under. Expect some choppy waters off the Italian Riviera.
PARAMOUNT+ All Star Shore READ MORE SUN STORIES Matt Hancock PUNCHED in face by footie star in first episode of Celeb SAS MAFS UK’s Laura was on another HUGE reality show before E4 programme Available from Monday
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes a second series of All Star Shore. As with the first season, the show gathers together another bunch of reality stars from hit series such as Jersey Shore, Geordie Shore and Too Hot To Handle, plonks them in a luxury villa – this time located near Cartagena, Columbia – asks them to party like mad and take part in some epic beach-side games and challenges. Among the cast are Marnie Simpson, Chantelle Connelly, Vinny and Melinda Melrose, and there’s a whopping $150,000 up for grabs for the winner. It’s going to get messy. Also airs on MTV.
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