What to watch this month: Dear White People, A Very British Scandal and more…

Are you close to finishing your latest TV show binge? Looking for something new to watch at a leisurely place? Here’s my suggestions for the best way to satisfy your TV needs this month with some of the most anticipated shows of the moment.

Dear White People (Season 2) | Netflix | 4 May 2018

The first season of Dear White People launched to success last year, though not the headline grabber as some other Netflix originals such as 13 Reasons Why and Orange Is The New Black, it certainly deserved its recommission it received for a second season. Season 2 continues to explore racial tensions and the struggle for identity in the white and upper class dominated environments of elite universities. Also this season, the show will be exploring the struggle of black people and homosexuality through fan favourite Lionel. Having already started this series, it’s once again laugh out loud funny while addressing serious racial issues and the impact and pressure of social media for many young people today. Dear White People is streaming now in full on Netflix.

Innocent | ITV | from 14 May 2018

Airing over four consecutive nights from 14 May on ITV is their new drama “Innocent”.

David (Lee Ingleby) has spent 7 years in prison for the murder of his wife. However, when he is released on a technicality, a cloud of suspicion stills hang over his head. How is he going to rebuild the life he lost? Who should he trust? And above all – is he truly innocent?

13 Reasons Why | Netflix | 18 May 2018

The Netflix hit drama is back for a second season and will be released in full on 18 May. Many critics have questioned whether it was appropriate for 13 Reasons Why to have a second season as the first very much wrapped up the main plot line of Hannah Baker’s tapes. However, we set into a brave new world this season. The tapes are no more and the story continues. Indications suggest the focus of the new season will be on Jessica’s rape ordeal and bringing justice for both her and Hannah as we delve deeper into how Hannah Baker died. Season 1 was fascinating and sensational. Have Netflix jumped the gun by commissioning a second run? We will find out this month.

A Very British Scandal | BBC One | from 20 May 2018

In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good.

The BBC’s much hyped and awaited dramatisation of the Jeremy Thorpe scandal stars heavyweights Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in the leading roles. With a stellar supporting cast and well-known political scandal, this is surely going to be a recipe for success at the BBC. The story will be told over three episodes on Sunday nights at 9pm beginning on 20 May. It’s set to be a much needed blockbuster event drama for BBC One this month.

TV Review: The Man In The High Castle Season 2

Last Friday, after 12 months of anticipation, Amazon’s original series “The Man In The High Castle” returned for a second season of 10 episodes. There was a mammoth task this season to answer all of the unexplained questions of Season 1, including that shocking cliffhanger in which the Trade Minister found himself in an alternate reality – one which looks like our own.

For those who are not familiar, the basic premises of the series imagines an alternative history in which the Axis Powers – Germany, Japan and Italy – were victorious in World War 2. The series is set in the former United States of America, which has been divided between Japan (“the Pacific States”) and Germany (“The American Reich”), as well as a neutral zone in the middle, with no overall control by either power. Much of Season 1 is driven by Juliana Crane’s discovery of the Resistance and a mission involving films that appear to show different realities. Season 1 culminated in Juliana allowing Nazi agent, Joe Blake, to escape the Resistance with a much desired film.

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TV Review: Happy Valley

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It’s been nearly two years since the BAFTA-winning and critically acclaimed first series of Happy Valley aired on BBC One. The first series captivated with shock twists, intense scenes and some incredible dramatic performances from Sarah Lancashire (pictured, plays Catherine Cawood) and James Norton (plays Tommy Lee Royce).
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The unexpected social message from this week’s Doctor Who

The current two-part story from Doctor Who began last weekend with “The Zygon Invasion”. Although it’s a story about shape shifting aliens, there was a very strong social message to be taken from the programme which is highly relevant. I might even suggest that the story is the most topical Doctor Who has ever been.

If you haven’t seen the episode, you’re most likely thinking how on earth can shape-shifting aliens be highly topical? Well, if you haven’t watch the episode and don’t want to have the plot spoiled, PLEASE AVERT YOU EYES NOW. This post contains MAJOR spoilers.

The cast of “The Zygon Invasion” (from L-R): Jemma Redgrave, Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi and Ingrid Oliver.

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TV Review: Doctor Foster

After hearing many rave reviews for this psychological drama, I found myself finally watching Doctor Foster this week and found myself addicted! I ended up watching one episode each night for the past few days and I would definitely place Doctor Foster as one of the best TV dramas in a while.

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