previews... - September 25, 2019

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



(Sky Atlantic)


More than a decade after it was filmed for the big screen, HBO are now bringing the 1986-87 DC Comics limited series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons to the small screen. But with no let-up in scale. 

Damon Lindelof, best known for his work on Lost and The Leftovers, has developed the series for HBO, working from the beloved graphic novel.

The story of Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America, where costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes, forcing him to reconnect with his old colleagues. 

Lindelof's take on the graphic novel will not be straight re-telling, instead, it will be a new story in the same world with new characters set in the present day.

Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, American Crime's Regina King, Johnson, O Brother, Where Art Thou?'s Tim Blake Nelson, Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Reality's Adelaide Clemens and Welsh star Andrew Howard all lead the cast. 

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will provide the score for the nine-episode series. 



The Dublin Murders

(BBC One)


Tana French's bestselling series is brought to the screen by Sarah Phelps, the writer who overseen the BBC's spate of hit Agatha Christie adaptations. 

Killian Scott and Sarah Greene play Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddo, two detectives who are tasked with the investigation into the murder of young talented ballerina who is found dead on an ancient stone altar; and a vivacious free-spirited woman, who is found stabbed in a roofless famine cottage. 

The two deaths are seemingly unrelated, but quickly it becomes clear that's there's a strong connection and a deadly challenge for Reily and Maddo. 

Conleth Hill, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Moe Dunford, Sam Keeley and Antonio Aakeel provide the supporting parts for this eight-part series, which brings together the first two of French's novels. 



Catherine The Great

(Sky Atlantic)


Helen Mirren leads this lavish four-parter, which charts the life and times of Catherine, the Empress of Russia in the 18th century.

The series will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.

The four-parter has been written by Nigel Williams, who penned 2005's hit series Elizabeth I, which also starred Mirren.

Jason Clarke, Paul Kaye, Sam Palladio, Richard Roxborough and Rory Kinnear co-star. 




(BBC Two)


The hit sitcom returns for a second series in October. 

The series follows Julia, a stressed working mother, trying to juggle the demands of her children and her job, and the adventures of her fellow parents.

Anna Maxwell Martin returns to play Julia with Lucy Punch, Diane Morgan and Paul Ready also back for the second run.

Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh are key writers on the new series.





(Sky Atlantic)


Jez Butterworth's psychedelic take on the bloody battles of the first days of Britain gets a second go. 

Slowly, Rome is imposing its will on the wild and untamed natives of Britannia, but there's still plenty fight left in the natives, which will play out over 10 episodes. 

David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook, Annabel Scholey, Hugo Speer and Julian Rhind-Tutt all return to play key roles, while Steve Pemberton arrives for the new run.


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