The nights are drawing in, the heating is going on, the chunky knits are being broken out of the drawer. It can only mean one thing. Autumn has arrived. Don’t spend your time mourning the lost summer, we had a pretty good run this year.
One of the best bits of Autumn is the total guilt free binge TV watching. So I had a quick squizz around the internet to see what’s in store for us and believe me, it’s good stuff.
From George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame, this sci-fi thriller series looks cracking. Although the original novella was written in 1980, there seems to be life in this story yet. I think Netflix have struggled a little with sci-fi so hopefully this tale will address that. It is a little familiar, nine crew members on board a spaceship to investigate alien activity and suddenly they start getting murdered but I’m prepared to give it a whirl.
Berlin Station (More 4)
I love a bit of a spy drama, I still mourn the loss of Spooks. So to see the brilliant Richard Armitage and Rhys Ifans paired as CIA operatives on adventures seems like a good Sunday afternoon watch. I don’t know much else about it to be honest but produced by Paramount, it should be good.
Moominvalley (Sky One)
We all love the Moomins don’t we? Doesn’t matter what your age is you can’t beat a bit of escapism. Moomin fans are in good company, the cast of this reads like a BAFTA red carpet report, we have Rosamund Pike, Matt Berry, Kate Winslet, Warwick Davis, Richard Ayoade, Matt Lucas, Jennifer Saunders, Alison Steadman and even Will Self has snuck in there.
We love a John Simm mystery don’t we? There was a time when ITV and drama were best avoided in the same sentence but they seem to be getting a little grittier that I think it’s time to give them another chance and this seems like the perfect vehicle for it. John Simm is trying to solve the murder mystery after his wife dies in Hong Kong and uncovers all manner of secrets.
Trust (BBC 2)
Danny Boyle and Donald Sutherland? OK I’m in. The fact that it’s a true story examining the kidnapping of American oil heir John Paul Getty III is even better. With Hilary Swank and Brendan Fraser (looking remarkably like JR Ewing) supporting, it’s worth a go at least.
The First (Channel 4)
In this golden age of TV it seems everyone movie star who would have laughed in TV executives faces ten years ago are clamouring to get their own series and this time it’s Sean Penn’s turn and he’s helming a future based thriller as the human race sends the first mission to Mars. I love Sean Penn so this is on my hit list.
Next Hollywood A-lister off the rank is Julia Roberts in a psychological thriller based on a young soldier working to get back into society and his caseworker (Roberts). Sounds interesting enough to give it a whirl.
My last pick is Ratched, a prequel to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s nest and based on the hideous Nurse Ratched and how she became the monstrosity we saw before us in the classic film.
So put your best comfy PJs on, get your favourite snacks in and join me for a season of square eyed treats.
What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments below.