12 TV Show to See in November

His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman’s award-winning book trilogy of the same name has been adapted by writer Jack Thorne for the small-screen. The eight-part first series follows Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a brave young woman from another world, who lives a sheltered life in Oxford, having been placed at Jordan College at the request of her uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy). However, after meeting the mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), Lyra travels to London, uncovering a sinister plot involving stolen children. From there she undertakes an epic journey to understand a mysterious phenomenon known as Dust. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 3 November on BBC One, and 4 November on HBO

The Crown

In the latest series of Netflix’s saga about the Royal Family, Oscar winner Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II, taking over from Claire Foy, who picked up an Emmy for her work. Having appeared as the Queen Mother in 2010’s The King’s Speech, Helena Bonham Carter stars alongside Colman as Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies replaces Matt Smith as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Taking place from 1964 to 1977 , the new run sees the monarch overseeing a country in unrest as the miners’ strike threatens to bring the country to a halt, while her family continues to struggle with the conflict between the needs of the monarchy and their personal desires. The breakdown of the marriage of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels) will be a key focus of the series, as well the coming-of-age of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), as he tries to work out where he fits into the world, alongside a young Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell). Watch the trailer here. Premieres 17 November on Netflix (Credit: Netflix)

The End of the F***ing World

This cult show, based on the graphic novels by Charles Forsman, returns for a second run. The first series centred on teenage loner James (Alex Lawther), who was convinced he was a psychopath – once putting his hand in a fryer “to feel something” – and decided he wanted to commit murder – only to find a kindred spirit in his potential target, schoolmate Alyssa (Jessica Barden), and embark on a violent road trip with her. The second series is set two years on, and sees the introduction of Bonnie (Naomi Ackie), an outsider with a troubled past and a mysterious connection to Alyssa, while comedian Tim Key also appears as motel owner Gus. Premieres in the UK 5 November on Channel 4/All4, and outside the UK on Netflix (Credit: Channel 4)

The Morning Show

All the stars are out for this flagship drama for the launch of the Apple TV+ streaming service, that pulls back the curtain on the morning news. Told from the perspective of two women trying to navigate the minefield of powerful jobs while facing crises in both their lives, the series follows the freefall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era of 24-hour rolling news. Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) hosts The Morning Show, a popular news programme that has excellent ratings – but after her co-anchor of 15 years, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), is fired amidst sexual misconduct allegations, Alex fights to retain her job over rival Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), an up-and-coming journalist who seeks to take Alex’s place. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 1 November on Apple TV+ (Credit: Apple TV+)

The Mandalorian

Step aside Jango and Boba Fett, as Pedro Pascal plays a new warrior in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars fans who’ve been crying out for a storyline other than the Skywalker saga have their prayers answered in this show launching Disney’s new streaming platform, set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order – which seems to have the look and feel of the original films in the canon. The Mandalorian is a ruthless bounty hunter who emerges as a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 12 November on Disney+ (Credit: Disney+)

The War of the Worlds

Set in Edwardian England, this adaptation of HG Wells’ seminal sci-fi tale tells the story of the escalating terror of an alien invasion via a number of different characters, including couple George (Rafe Spall) and Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) who are attempting to defy society and start a life together. Rupert Graves is Frederick, George’s elder brother, and Robert Carlyle plays Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist. Watch the trailer here.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Amazon’s all-action Tom Clancy series returns for a second run. Not content with just holding down a safe desk job, ths time round CIA officer Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) tracks down a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, and heads to South America to investigate. With Ryan on the verge of uncovering a far-reaching conspiracy, the president of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that leads Krasinski’s hero and his fellow operatives on a mission spanning the globe to try to bring stability to a country on the brink. Also stars Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 1 November on Amazon Prime Video (Credit: Amazon Prime Video)

See

In this apocalyptic epic set 600 years into the future on Earth, a virus has decimated humans, with all remaining survivors emerging blind. Without sight, humanity has to adapt to survive, and takes to living a more tribal existence. Jason Momoa – who Game of Thrones fans will remember as the Dothraki Khal Drogo – stars as Baba Voss, a father of twins born, remarkably, with the ability to see. But is this a gift, or a curse? Baba Voss must protect his tribe against a powerful, yet desperate queen who believes his children’s existence is evil and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard stars as Paris, a sage leader. The series features cast and crew who are blind or have low vision, adding an authenticity to this high-concept drama. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 1 November on Apple+ (Credit: Apple+)

Kidding

Jim Carrey returns alongisde showrunner Michel Gondry, who directed him in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for a second helping of puppetry and pathos in this dark comedy-drama. Carrey plays Jeff Pickles, a Mr Rogers-esque children’s TV host experiencing many mid-life trials and tribulations. The new series picks up moments after the first series cliff-hanger, with Pickles’s beloved Puppet Time show going off the air for the first time in 30 years. Now he has to find a new and controversial way to communicate directly with his many fans –and he finds himself becoming the target of animosity for the first time in his career. As Jeff navigates the most complicated areas of his personal life, meanwhile, he begins to discover a new side to himself. Also stars Frank Langella, Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, with an appearance from Ariana Grande. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 3 November on Showtime (Credit: Showtime)

Britannia

The utterly bonkers swords-and-sorcery drama from writer Jez Butterworth returns for a second outing, once again featuring David Morrissey and Mackenzie Crook in a story following the Roman conquest of Britain, with warrior women and powerful druids channelling the powerful forces of the underworld. Two years on from invading Britannia, General Aulus (Morrissey) is Romanising willing Celt tribes with the help of Queen Amena (Annabel Scholey). The only hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), a young girl being trained to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia. But two Druid brothers Veran and Harka (both played by Crook) begin a battle that puts the prophecy in jeopardy. Watch the trailer here. Premieres 7 November on Sky Atlantic (Credit: Sky Atlantic)

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