previews... - April 10, 2019

Best TV of May 2019: previews five of the best shows...
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Best TV of May 2019: previews five of the best shows... previews five of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in May...



(Sky Atlantic)


HBO and Sky have teamed up for this epic five-parter about the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, an explosion that led to one of the largest man-made tragedies in human history.

The story focuses on the men and women sacrificed everything in the aftermath of the disaster to keep things contained and to save the rest of Europe from the fallout.

Stellan Skarsgård leads the way, with Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Jessie Buckley in key supporting roles. 

Skarsgård stars as Boris Shcherbina, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the USSR.

Though a relatively minor figure in the Kremlin, he is assigned to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the early hours following the accident, when the government was still unaware the reactor had exploded.

Quickly realising the scale of the disaster, he finds himself trapped between the realities of the political system and the human cost of battling an escalating nuclear nightmare...



Years & Years

(BBC One)


Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, Russel Tovey and Jessica Hynes lead a starry cast for this new six-part drama. 

Written by Doctor Who rebooter and A Very English Scandal scribe, the series will follow the lives of the Lyons family. 

The drama will track 15 years of their lives, as they live in a Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological change. 

As well as this, the drama will show their relationship with Thompson's Vivienne Rock, a controversial politician, changes everything for the family. 



The Virtues

(Channel 4)


This Is England creator Shane Meadows returns with this visceral new four-parter, co-written with frequent collaborator Jack Thorne. 

Stephen Graham, who is currently lighting up the small screen in Line Of Duty, leads the way here.

Graham plays Joseph who, struggling to recover from his addiction to alcohol, finds his world thrown into complete turmoil when his ex-partner moves away from Liverpool to Australia to start a new life with their young son.

Feeling like he has no close family to live for, he sets off for the south of Ireland to confront repressed memories from his childhood years in care and to reconnect with his long lost sister Anna. 

Helen Behan, Frank Laverty, Niamh Algar and Mark O’Halloran are in supporting roles.




(Sky Atlantic)


Julia Stiles returns to lead the second run of the glamorous drama. 

Stiles plays Georgina, the second wife of a billionaire banker who dies in a yacht explosion. Reeling from his death, she is shocked to discover the fortune and lifestyle he maintained was surrounded by violence, lies, secrets and murder. 

Now in the second season, Georgina must face her own demons as her troubled past in America comes to pay her a visit. 

Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevigne and Jack Fox join the cast for this new series. 



What We Do In The Shadows

(BBC Two)


Taika Waiti and Jermaine Clement's vampire mockumentary gets taken to the small screen next month. 

The new series transplants the action from New Zealand to New York's Staten Island as we follow three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years. 

We watch them as they get an unexpected visit from their ancient Master of the Old Country, who demands that they find a way to conquer Staten Island for the vampire race before he awakens from his slumber. 

Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen and Mark Proksch star in the series.


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