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Best TV of March 2022: hmv.com previews the Top 5 shows…
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Best TV of March 2022: hmv.com previews the Top 5 shows…

Oscar Isaac makes his debut in Marvel's Moon Knight, Tim Key hunts witches in Civil War-era England and Toni Collette plays a middle-American mom with a dark secret - all this and more coming to TV screens in March...

 

Moon Knight 

Disney+, March 30

The arrival of Marvel’s hotly-anticipated series starring Oscar Isaac arrives in somewhat subdued fashion this month under the shadow of Isaac’s erstwhile co-star Gaspard Ulliel, who was tragically killed in a skiing accident shortly after the series was completed, but his contribution here will no doubt prove to be a vital one in what could be one of Marvel’s most interesting projects yet.

Based on the character originally created for Marvel Comics in 1975 by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight follows the story of a man who finds himself drawn suddenly into a world of espionage and intrigue that seems completely alien to him, but he soon discovers the truth about his identity; he is in fact Marc Spector, a former CIA agent turned mercenary who suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder – and that’s not even the most unsettling revelation about his multiple personalities.

Starring alongside Isaac and Ulliel are May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke, with Jeremy Slater acting as showrunner under the watchful eye of executive producer and master of all things Marvel, Kevin Feige. The show is set to run for six episodes in its debut season and makes its premiere on Disney+ on March 30.

 


The Witchfinder

BBC Two, March 8

Created by brothers Neil and Rob Gibbons, the team behind many of Alan Partridge’s recent appearances including This Time with Alan Partridge the feature-length Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, new comedy series The Witchfinder makes its debut on BBC Two this month stars Tim Key, Daisy May Cooper, Reece Shearsmith and Jessica Hynes in a story set during the English Civil War.

Key stars as Gideon Bannister, the programme’s titular witch hunter, traipsing across the muddy landscape of a war-torn East Anglia transporting a suspected witch named Thomasine Gooch (Cooper) to her impending doom. Executive produced by Steve Coogan and Christine Langan, this talent-stuffed comedy is due to land on TV screens and iPlayer on Tuesday March 8.

 


Pieces of Her

Netflix, March 4

One of the most promising additions to an unusually sparse Netflix slate in March is this new detective drama based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Karin Slaughter – which, first of all, is just an outstanding name for an author who writes books primarily about murders – but with Toni Collette in a starring role and House of Cards / Homeland producer Charlotte Stoudt running the show, this is well worth a look.

The premise is an intriguing one: the story follows Andy (Bella Heathcote), a girl who finds herself caught in a deadly mass shoot-out in a local diner, thinking she is about to die, only to witness her mother Laura (Colette) coolly dispatch the killers with ease, leading to some shocking revelations about her her family’s murky past. Pieces of Her debuts on March 4 and promises to be a gripping ride.

 


The Dropout

Disney+, March 3

If you’ve been enjoying the glut of scam-filled, anxiety-inducing antics on offer from shows such as The Tinder Swindler, Inventing Anna or The Puppet Master in recent weeks, then get ready to cue up your next dose of flagrant fraud with this new series, based on the podcast of the same name, on the subject of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes – ably portrayed here by Amanda Seyfried.

If neither Holmes or the name of her company mean anything to you, here’s a quick refresher: Holmes founded Theranos to manufacture their groundbreaking new blood-testing technology which, Holmes claimed, would revolutionise the process with huge benefits to the medical profession. Except the technology didn’t work. It never worked. But that didn’t stop the self-styled successor to Steve Jobs from convincing several high-rolling investors to part with millions of dollars, carefully curating an image for herself that was part Silicon Valley entrepreneur, part Instagram influencer.

Want to know the whole story? Well, you can, when The Dropout lands on Disney+ on March 3.

 


Our House 

ITV, March 7


Due to air its first episode on ITV on March 7, our final pick this month sees Line of Duty star Martin Compston return to our screens alongside Tuppence Middleton in a new adaptation of Louise Candlish’s novel, Our House, a taut domestic drama about a separated couple and their former home that isn’t quite what it first appears to be. Don’t let the relatively cosy domestic setting fool you into thinking this is some garden variety drama about a broken relationship or a house sale; there are lies and secrets to be revealed and many twists and turns ahead that soon take this surprising tale down a much darker path.

Compston fans will be pleased to know that, unlike in Jed Mercurio’s recent hit series Vigil, the Scotsman’s character does survive the first 10 minutes, but to say more would be to reveal spoilers. Let’s just say this is one of those shows that is best approached with as little information as possible – you may find yourself pleasantly rewarded.

 

 

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