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Every week, The Sun’s TV Mag fills you in on all the latest releases across the various streaming services. Here’s this week’s suggestions.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop – Discovery+
Richard Hammond has set up his own classic car restoration workshopCredit: Discovery +
Hot on the heels of Jeremy Clarkson’s foray into farming comes his Grand Tour co-star’s six-part docuseries following his own labour of love. This time, there are no bee-stung bums or troublesome tractors, because Richard Hammond has allowed cameras to follow him as he sets up his own classic car restoration workshop.
“The workshop project came about before the TV show and is a genuine passion,” explains Richard, 51. “Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, who are father and son, have been restoring my cars for years, but one day about two years ago on one of our fish-and-chips Fridays at the workshop, Neil said he was losing the business because they were developing it and he didn’t have the resources to start again.
“I said: ‘Why don’t we set up a business together and pool our resources?’ And in the early stages of the process I thought it might make a nice TV show. It turns out I’m no businessman…”
Richard sold a huge portion of his classic cars and motorbike collection in order to fund the workshop, and while he admits it’s been a steep learning curve, he has no regrets.
“My grandfather was a coach builder and I’ve always been fascinated by cars from previous eras – they’re time capsules, statements about the aspirations of their time,” he says. “I get as much pleasure out of walking in the workshop and seeing the guys painting something beautifully because I sold my Porsche as I would have done from my Porsche.”
Leverage: Redemption – IMDb TV
IMDb TV launched last month in the UK by Amazon – with Leverage: Redemption one of its big showsCredit: IMDB
Launched in the UK last month by Amazon, IMDb TV (a new free streaming service with adverts) boasts a library of thousands of films and TV shows but will also be home to new original series, including this reboot of Leverage, 10 years after what was believed to be the final season of the US crime drama.
If you need a reminder, Leverage follows a crack team of experts – confidence trickster Sophie (Gina Bellman), hacker Alec, thief Parker and tough guy Eliot – who use their skills to get justice for ordinary people being trampled on by the powerful.
This time round, the gang are joined by Harry Wilson [ER’s Noah Wyle], a corporate lawyer who’s grown a conscience and decided he’s been playing for the wrong team, but other than that it’s bad guy-bashing business as usual.
Energetic, intricately-plotted and lots of fun, anyone after a mash up of The Equalizer and heist classics like Mission: Impossible will love it.
Invasion – Apple TV+
Earth’s latest visitors are not here to make friends in InvasionCredit: Apple TV
Something strange is happening. In New York, there are unexpected power blackouts and children experiencing nosebleeds; in Oklahoma, animals seem spooked; in Afghanistan, people are going missing; in the UK, fireballs are raining from the sky; and in Japan, a space shuttle mission experiences unexpected problems.
As you might guess from the show’s name, these bizarre events are the result of visitors arriving from outer space – but they’re definitely not here to make friends and swap recipe ideas. These guys have bad intentions and the entire human race is in danger.
If you’re thinking so far, so Independence Day, you’d be wrong. Told from the perspective of five different people around the world – including Sam Neill’s Sheriff Jim Bell Tyson – 10-part series Invasion actually has a lot more in common with mysterious TV shows such as Lost or The Leftovers, where the characters’ confusion and grief is just as important as dramatic blockbuster bluster, spectacular visual effects and terrifying-looking creatures from outer space.
Sci-fi fans can rest easy, though, because the show still has plenty of that stuff too. And the impressive mix of emotional heft and wonderful effects creates an epic, edge-of-your-sofa experience.
Episodes 1 to 3 are available Friday, and then weekly
Locke & Key – Netflix
Locke & Key is back for a second seriesCredit: Netflix
The first season of was a spectacular Strange Things -meets-Chilling Adventures of Sabrina mash up. Telling the story of three young siblings, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode Locke, who move into their family’s ancestral home – which happens to be filled with keys possessed with unique powers – it was scary, magical and wonderfully imaginative.
Series two picks up three months after the events of the first, the siblings still believing they’ve disposed of evil demon Dodge, unaware that it had taken the identity Kinsey’s classmate Gabe. With Dodge still at large and Tyler worried that he’s approaching his 18th birthday – the time when people permanently forget about the existence of magic – the Lockes find themselves in a race against time to save the world, and themselves. Demonic fun.
Available from Friday
American Horror Story: Double Feature – Disney+
American Horror Story is back for a 10th seriesCredit: Disney+
For its 10th season, the always-unsettling American Horror Story has concocted not one but two new stories to terrify us. The first follows screenwriter Harry Gardner (Finn Wittrock), who moves to isolated Provincetown with his family, in an attempt to shake his writer’s block. Instead, he finds himself sucked into a world of creepy characters – including odd playwright Austin (the brilliant Evan Peters) – mysterious pills and nightmarish pale people who stalk the townsfolk.
The second story delves into the world of classic sci-fi, moving the action to New Mexico in the early 1950s, where a supposed UFO visitation heralds a series of terrifying, supernatural events. The fab cast includes Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe as legendary missing pilot Amelia Earhart. Gripping.
The Men Who Sold The World Cup – Discovery+
To say that the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was controversial is a massive understatement. A desert nation, with scorching summers, no existing world-class stadiums and a questionable human-rights record, Qatar appeared to have few of the factors needed for hosting such a huge, prestigious competition. One thing the country does have, however, is money – lots of it – so it didn’t take long for the decision to let Qatar to host the World Cup to face serious scrutiny, with claims of bribery and corruption rife. But what’s the truth? This exhaustive and frequently jaw-dropping two-part documentary examines FIFA’s actions, chatting to many at the heart of the scandal.
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Mare Of Easttown
Kate Winslet is extraordinary as small-town police chief Mare, who struggles to investigate the shocking killing of a young local woman while juggling the fallout from the tragic death of her own son. A compelling and unexpectedly emotional thriller, filled with stunning performances across the board.
The gripping story – and legacy – of notorious Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar is brought to the small screen in this highly addictive three-season drama. If you can get past the violence – and there’s a lot of it – there’s also a healthy dose of humour and humanity stirred into the mix.
Boasting some of the biggest body-counts in TV history, the three series of <Marcella> – which star Anna Friel as a police detective who suffers from memory blackouts – are gloriously gloomy affairs. Little wonder then that they were written by Hans Rosenfeldt, the creator of Nordic Noir classic <The Bridge>.
When his beloved son kills a young man in a hit and run accident, upstanding New Orleans judge Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston on top form) is forced to choose between doing the right thing or protecting his family. A tense and consistently thought-provoking drama.
You – Netflix
Joe Goldberg is back for a chilling third seriesCredit: Netflix
The third series of this deliciously dark show delivers plenty more drama for murderous stalker Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). After finding his not-so-happily-ever-after with Love, Joe is now a husband and a father to their baby son Henry in the boring Californian suburb of Madre Linda. Of course, old habits die hard for Joe and he can’t help but find himself obsessing over next-door neighbour Natalie. As with the previous series, this is full of tasty twists and turns, and peppered with humour throughout. Oh, and not forgetting the return of Joe’s famous baseball cap. Addictive telly.
Sexy Beasts – Netflix
Sexy Beasts is a dating show like no otherCredit: Youtube/Netflix
Yes, we know it’s a strange way to find romance, but seeing people don incredibly bizarre -style disguises to find love makes for entertaining viewing. In this second series, a fresh batch of singletons are transformed into monsters, animals and mythical creatures as they embark on a string of blind dates in the hope of getting to know someone based on personality, and not what they look like. The costumes are bigger and better, and there’s lots of brilliantly cringe-worthy moments. Plus, actor Rob Delaney provides the humorous commentary. Easy viewing.
The Guilty – Netflix
Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie will have you on the edge of your seatCredit: © 2021 Netflix, Inc.
Jake Gyllenhaal is incredible in this edge-of-your-seat remake of the 2018 Danish film (which translates to The Guilty), written by creator Nic Pizzolatto. The movie was shot in just 11 days and sees Jake play troubled cop turned 911 operator Joe Baylor, who finds himself thrust into the middle of a life-threatening situation when he receives a call from a woman who’s been kidnapped. It’s slow and gritty, with a terrific twist that makes 90-minutes of suspense and sweaty palms well worth it.
Ridley Road – BBC iPlayer
Ridley Road is set in the Swinging SixtiesCredit: BBC
The BBC really do know how to make cracking dramas, and this latest four-part series based on Jo Bloom’s novel of the same name does not disappoint. Set in London’s Swinging Sixties, it tells the story of 20-year-old Vivien (Aggi O’Casey), a young Jewish hairdresser who follows her ex-boyfriend to the city and soon discovers the 62 Group – a band of Jewish people gathering intelligence to stop the Far Right and violence towards their community. Inspired by true events and featuring real-life footage, it’s a serious topic blended with the perfect balance of light-hearted moments.
The Chestnut Man – Netflix
The creator of Søren Sveistrup, has done it again with this latest six-part Nordic Noir series. It’s an extremely tense and creepy rollercoaster ride as police desperately hunt down the killer of a young woman who is found brutally murdered on a playground with one of her hands missing. The key to solving the case is a small figurine made of chestnuts that has been left at the scene, and soon provides a link to a case about a politician’s missing child. Similar to , it’s a slow-burner featuring a mismatched pairing of officers who eventually find the perfect way to work together. Thrilling.
HIGHTOWN – STARZPLAY
No TV crime fighter worth their salt is free from problems in their personal lives. But few can claim to be as troubled as Hightown’s Jackie Quiñones (Monica Raymund). Sure, she’s smart, fearless and ready to put her own life in danger to nail the bad guys, but Jackie – a wannabe cop and agent with Cape Cod’s National Marine Fisheries Service – is also an alcoholic and a drug abuser, who spent much of Hightown’s fast-paced first season relapsing into bad old habits.
That series saw Jackie take on a dangerous local crime lord, the cloud of addiction hampering her every move. She wasn’t the only one with issues, though. Dependency is a theme for a few of the characters in Hightown, most obviously Detective Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale), a sex addict whose affair with the crime lord’s girlfriend seriously compromised the case against him.
As season two opens, Jackie is 50 days sober and desperate to prove herself ready to become a full-blown cop. She’s also keen to avenge the season one death of her friend Junior. But it isn’t long before the arrival of a new drug in town makes things complicated.
Provocative and taboo-breaking, Hightown is never afraid to show the darker sides of the good guys’ personalities. And, most crucially, it knows that a strong plot and regular shots of adrenaline-fuelled action are vital to keeping viewers hooked.
Available from Monday
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