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Best TV of November 2019: hmv.com previews five of the best shows...
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Best TV of November 2019: hmv.com previews five of the best shows...

hmv.com previews five of the most exciting TV dramas that will be coming to your screens in November...

 

His Dark Materials

(BBC One)

 

The hugely anticipated adaptation of Philip Pullman's beloved fantasy series finally arrives on screens next month. 

A co-production between HBO and the BBC, the series will run over eight episodes with a second season already commissioned. 

Set in a parallel universe, the series follows the adventures of a young girl named Lyra Belacqua who journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organisation.

For the series, which has been adapted by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel, the ruthless adventurer with Logan star Dafne Keen playing Lyra. 

Clarke Peters, who recently starred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, plays the master who raises Lyra. Ruth Wilson will play Marisa Coulter and Lin-Manuel Miranda playing adventurer Lee Scoresby. 

Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech and Peaky Blinders' Otto Bathurst are among the directors on the series.

The saga, which is thought to be one of the most expensive British scripted series to date, has been adapted into film once before, in 2007, with a cast that included Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green and Ian McKellen. 

 

 

Eight Days

(Sky Atlantic)

 

The premise of this epic new drama is simple. At the start, we learn that a 40-kilometre-wide asteroid is on a collision course with Earth at 30,000 kilometres an hour and the chances of survival are next to zero. 

As the world descends into chaos, people can break the speed limit at will, have wild unprotected sex, do all the drugs they want, shop with no money,
live without working and love with no consequences.

We watch as an ordinary Berlin family try to decide what to do. 

A German-language original from Sky Deutschland, The Wave's Christiane Paul, Dark's Mark Waschke and Lena Klenke are in key roles.

The drama will unfold over eight episodes. 

 

 

Gold Digger

(BBC One)

 

Mad Men's Julia Ormond and Westworld's Ben Barnes lead this tense new six-parter. 

We follow Ormond's Julia Day, a wealthy 60-year-old who falls in love with Barnes' Benjamin Golding, a man 24 years her junior. It's a development her ex-husband and children are not exactly thrilled with...

Alex Jennings, Jemima Rooper, Sebastian Armesto and Julia McKenzie co-star in this six-parter, which has been created by Thirteen's Marnie Dickens.

 

 

War Of The Worlds

(BBC One)

 

HG Wells' terrifying alien invasion horror is brought to life on BBC One in this lavish new three-part adaptation. 

Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves and Robert Carlyle star, 

The story follows Spall's George and his partner Amy (Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together in the face the escalating terror of an alien invasion, fighting for their lives against an enemy beyond their comprehension...

Peter Harness, whose credits include McMafia and Case Histories, has scripted this new take on the story. 

 

 

The End Of The F***ing World

(Channel 4)

 

The brash comedy returns for a second run next month. 

The series followed James, a 17-year-old who believes himself to be a psychopath, and Alyssa, a troubled classmate of his, who went on a rampaging road trip. 

Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden are back to headline the second run, with Lady Macbeth star Naomi Acke and comedian Tim Key joining to play key roles in the second series.

The new run picks up exactly two years after the end of the first season...

 

 

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