WE’RE never short of exciting new TV releases at the moment, and this week is no exception.
There are plenty of hot new series and movies set to come out over the next few days, and we’ve rounded them all up for you.
The Serpent Queen – Starzplay
What’s this? Another dark and blackly funny period drama about one of the most powerful but misunderstood women in history?
نعم, hot on the intricately embroidered heels of Catherine The Great, Queens Elizabeth I and II, Queen Victoria and Anne Boleyn, here comes a compelling and lavish-looking series about Catherine de’ Medici, the 16th-century Italian noblewoman who overcame horrible adversity to become the Queen of France.
Samantha Morton stars Catherine, whose rumoured interest in the occult made her one of the most mysterious and feared rulers of the age, but whose personal life was a complete disaster.
She’s joined in the starry cast by Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier, Amrita Acharia, Nicholas Burns and Colm Meaney, and from the off, it’s seriously sumptuous.
While the modern twist given to the script and the regular fourth-wall breaking does feel a little bandwagon-jumping – is it the law these days that all historical dramas must be brash and knowing? – it’s an intriguing and colourful glimpse at the life of a lesser known but fascinating historical figure.
Available Sunday, شهر سبتمبر 11
American Gigolo – Paramount+
Hands up who remembers the 80s movie of the same name, which starred Richard Gere as Julian Kaye, a male escort who’s accused of a murder he didn’t commit?
This glossy if a little hard-boiled new series serves as a sequel to that film, with Jon Bernthal taking up the role of Julian.
Finding himself released from prison 15 years after his wrongful conviction, Julian hopes to adjust to life as a free man and to reignite his relationship with former lover Michelle (Gretchen Mol).
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في أثناء, Detective Sunday (Rosie O’Donnell) investigates the truth behind the murder that sent Julian to prison – and discovers a shocking conspiracy in the process.
Available weekly from today
Vampire Academy – الطاووس & حاليا
Get ready for the Harry Potter-meets-Vampire Diaries mash-up you never knew you needed. This blood-splattered 10-part teen horror series transports us to St Vladimir’s Academy, a foreboding boarding school where the children of vampire royalty are educated and half-human teenagers are trained in how to protect their privileged classmates against a sinister breed of vampires hell bent on destroying society. Rose Hathaway stars as trainee guardian Sisi, who forms a strong bond with vampire princess Lissa (Daniela Nieves) and their emotionally-charged adventures look set to make addictive viewing.
Available Friday, شهر سبتمبر 16
Murdertown – C+I Play
Emilia Fox takes up presenting duties for the fourth series of the show that tells the stories of some shocking true-life murders and the impact they had on the towns where they took place.
هذا الفصل, Emilia visits towns including Glasgow, Peterborough, Mablethorpe and Swanley, and hears first hand from the victims’ العائلات, شرطة, witnesses and journalists, painting a compelling picture of these terrible crimes.
She begins in Rotherham, shining a light on two connected murders separated by more than two decades.
The series airs on CI and new streaming platform C+I Play.
Available Monday, شهر سبتمبر, 12
Minx – Paramount+
Dig out some flares and a towering pair of platforms because the 70s are back – and we’re not talking about all the industrial action and inflation.
لا, there’s also been a recent rash of great shows set in the decade that taste forgot – hello, The Offer, Gaslit and The Deuce, to name but three – and now here comes another, Minx.
This fun and feisty 10-part comedy-drama follows Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond), a passionate and earnest young feminist from Los Angeles who’s desperate to create a smart and switched-on magazine for women.
The trouble is, no one else seems interested. Enter low-rent but far-sighted publisher Doug (Jake Johnson), who persuades Joyce to channel her energies and ambitions into producing the world’s first erotic magazine for women – Minx – a magazine that, controversially, includes nude male centrefolds.
Filled with laughs, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig produces – loads of entertaining culture clashes and a host of fun characters, it’s impossible not to find yourself rooting for the ragtag group of underdogs who find themselves working at Joyce and Doug’s magazine.
Throw in some great performances – Ophelia and New Girl’s Jack, خاصه, share a brilliant on- screen chemistry – some incredible 70s fashions and a rainforest of bad hair, and the result is a nostalgic and ever-so-slightly naughty treat.
The good news is, the show’s already been commissioned for a second series, so if you end up loving it, there’s lots more to come from Minx.
Available Wednesday, شهر سبتمبر 15