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THE WHITE QUEEN
Why you should watch: As it is Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee year, following are a series of dramas covering the lives of a various other queens and the men they manipulated to obtain power: the power behind the throne, one might say. They were ruthless women. It’s also interesting to see the different actors taking on the same roles as we progress through their lives. The first is told from the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. The year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled the country, and war has been ravaging throughout England. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster, revolving around the love between Edward IV and Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville.
Director: COLIN TEAGUE, JAMES KENT, JAMIE PAYNE
Cast: REBECCA FERGUSON, MAX IRONS, AMANDA HALE, ANEURIN BARNARD, CAROLINE GOODALL, JAMES FRAIN, JULIET AUBREY, FAYE MARSAY, TOM MCKAY, JANET MCTEER
THE WHITE PRINCESS
Why you should watch: The extremely talented Jodie Comer stars in this drama series adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel and part of The Cousins’ War book series, as England is united by the marriage of Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII, but their personal and political rift runs deep and the war that rages between them threatens to tear the kingdom apart once again. It didn’t pay to step too far out of line during this reign. Friends and relatives were swiftly dispatched to the tower and heads were lopped off at an astounding rate. Plus, we see the rise of a certain Wolsey, soon to be Cardinal, beginning to make his mark.
Director: JAMIE PAYNE, ALEX KALYMNIOS
Cast: JODIE COMER, JACOB COLLINS-LEVY, MICHELLE FAIRLEY, ESSIE DAVIS, CAROLINE GOODALL, KENNETH CRANHAM, REBECCA BENSON, VINCENT REGAN, JOANNE WHALLEY, PATRICK GIBSON
THE SPANISH PRINCESS
Why you should watch: Now, the drama really goes up a pace as Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne. Catherine was betrothed to the Tudor heir, Prince Arthur, at a very young age and eventually she arrives with her entourage and the marriage takes place. Sadly, Arthur succumbs to illness after a short period of time and Catherine who is determined to become Queen at any cost, sets her sights on his brother, now King Henry VIII. Miraculously she does survive, although the marriage does not. Catherine has many enemies at court, including the formidable Margaret Beaufort, Henry’s grandmother, and the now powerful Cardinal Wolsey. And, eventually, Henry himself.
Director: LISA CLARKE, CHANYA BUTTON, DAINA REID, BIRGITTE STAERMOSE, STEPHEN WOOLFENDEN, REBECCA GATWARD
Cast: CHARLOTTE HOPE, STEPHANIE LEVI-JOHN, RUAIRI O’CONNOR, HARRIET WALTER, PHILIP CUMBUS, LAURA CARMICHAEL, AARON COBHAM, ANDREW BUCHAN, ISLA MERRICK-LAWLESS
Why you should watch: With Henry VIII’s demise it’s gloves off as everyone wants to wield their power over the very young King Edward VI who is now on the throne at aged nine. This is the journey of his sister, Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown. Nothing will stand in her way, including her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, who it was rumoured plotted against her.
Director: JUSTIN CHADWICK, UDAYAN PRASAD, CATHERINE MORSHEAD
Cast: ALICIA VON RITTBERG, TOM CULLEN, JESSICA RAINE, OLIVER ZETTERSTROM, BELLA RAMSEY, ROMOLA GARAI, JOHN HEFFERNAN, BELLA RAMSEY, JAMIE PARKER, JAMIE BLACKLEY
Why you should watch: The extraordinary feature of this excellent drama series is the performance by Julia Roberts as celebrity Arkansan socialite Martha Mitchell and Sean Penn as John N. Mitchell, her manipulative husband and Nixon’s loyal Attorney General. Penn is almost unrecognisable. Based on the podcast Slow Burn by Leon Neyfakh, the story centres on the 1970s political Watergate scandal and the untold stories and forgotten characters of the time. Martha is the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing irreparable damage to her personal life, and the presidency to unravel. Her husband is forced to choose between Martha and the president. For anyone who remembers that explosive scenario, this gives an insight into what was going on behind the scenes.
Director: MATT ROSS
Cast: JULIA ROBERTS, SEAN PENN, DAN STEVENS, BETTY GILPIN, SHEA WHIGHAM, DARBY CAMP, CHRIS BAUER, HAMISH LINKLATER
Why you should watch: From the writers behind Baptiste, Liar and Fleabag, this is quite a remarkable drama on domestic violence, which does not just involve brutality, but also the mental manipulation of a spouse. Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt gives an excellent performance as Angela Black, who on the surface appears to be living a good life but is actually trapped in a relationship from which she cannot escape, until she is approached by a private investigator, who reveals her husband’s darkest secrets. There are many twists in the plot to hold your attention with this one.
Director: CRAIG VIVEIROS
Cast: JOANNE FROGGATT, MICHIEL HUISMAN, SAMUEL ADEWUNMI, ASHLEY MCGUIRE, PIPPA NIXON, VINEETA RISHI
THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS
Why you should watch: Based on the 1957 science fiction novel by John Wyndham, which had previously been adapted as Village of the Damned in 1960 and 1995. Midwich is a small English commuter town, liberal and aspirational, populated by families and affluent streets. A place where nothing much happens. Until the twilight hours of a summer’s day when in a sleepy corner of Midwich people pass out without warning, without reason. On waking, all child-bearing women are pregnant, and unbeknown to everyone, a terrifying force is building in Midwich. The story is a bit patchy in places, but overall it’s worth viewing.
Director: JENNIFER PERROTT, BORKUR SIGPORSSON, ALICE TROUGHTON
Cast: KELLEY HAWES, SYNNOVE KARLSEN, MAX BEESLEY, AISLING LOFTUS, UKWELI ROACH, LARA ROSSI, MARK DEXTER, CHERRELLE SKEET, LEWIS REEVES, SAMUEL WEST, LAURA DODDINGTON
THE LAZARUS PROJECT
Why you should watch: You really can’t multi-task and play scrabble on your phone whilst watching this one, although this viewer did attempt to. There’s a lot of jumping from one time to the next here so you really must pay attention, or the plot will get away from you. Gangs of London’s Pappa Essiedu stars as George, a seemingly ordinary guy who appears to be able to move between time. His ability catches the attention of a top-secret organisation dedicated to preventing mass extinction events and with the ability to make time go backwards. Wouldn’t we all love to be able to go back and change a few of those dubious choices made at various stages of our lives. But those involved in this organisation are very ruthless when it comes to their choices. There’s an excellent ensemble cast attached to this intriguing thriller.
Director: ADAM MCKAY
Cast: PAAPA ESSIEDU, ANJLI MOHINDRA, RUDI DHARMALINGAM, CAROLINE QUENTION, TOM BURKE, CHARLY CLIVE, VINETTE ROBINSON, LUKAS LOUGHRAN, BRIAN GLEESON
Why you should watch: This is quite an intriguing true story somewhat based on a 2017 Hollywood Reporter feature which revealed that the mid-1980s Hollywood sensation and influencer Angelyne was really the daughter of Holocaust survivors who met in a Polish slum. But to her many fans she was all about fame, identity, billboards, pink Corvettes, women teasing men, men obsessed with women, West Hollywood, crystals, UFOs, and the pink, glow-in-the-dark queen of the universe. Long before the Kardashians, there was Angelyne. At 71, she can still be seen driving around LA in her pink convertible.
Director: MATT SPICER, LUCY TCHERNIAK
Cast: EMMY ROSSUM, HAMISH LINKLATER, ALEX KARPOVSKY, LUKAS GAGE, PHILIP ETTINGER, MARTIN FREEMAN, MOLLY EPHRAIM
EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE
Why you should watch: A great soundtrack seems to be as important as a well-written script, and this relatable comedy drama has some excellent tunes. If you’ve ever lived with a group of friends, this one is for you. It’s honest in its portrayal of all the shenanigans that go on when you first move out of home and into your own place where anything goes, but not always as planned. It is lots of fun to join childhood best friends Maggie and Birdy as they dive deep into bad dates, heartaches, and humiliations. Loved this one, which is based on Dolly Alderton’s best-selling memoir.
Director: JULIA FORD
Cast: EMMA APPLETON, BEL POWELY, ALIYAH ODOFFIN, MARLI SIU, CONNOR FINCH, RYAN BOWN, CAMERON CUFFE