THE ALIENIST: ANGEL OF DARKNESS (NETFLIX)
Set in 1897, a year after the original 2018 series, this second season subtitled The Angel of Darkness, sees our investigative trio – criminal psychologist Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), illustrator-turned-reporter John Moore (Luke Evans) and newly minted private detective Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) – reunite to try and track down the Spanish consul’s kidnapped infant daughter. This leads them to the trail of another elusive killer.
“Sometimes all you want is a really compelling murder mystery with high production value and compelling characters, and in that way The Alienist: Angel of Darkness delivers,” wrote Collider’s Adam Chitwood.
THE COMEY RULE (NEON)
Jeff Daniels, Holly Hunter, Jennifer Ehle and Brendan Gleeson star in this two-part mini-series based on A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by former FBI director James Comey. Part one follows the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and their impact on the 2016 election. Part two is an account of first months of the Trump presidency – where allies became enemies, enemies became friends and truth depended on what side you were on.
“A frightening and timely look at recent history and its repercussions. Actors will no doubt be biting into the role of Trump for years to come, but to top Gleeson they’ll have to do a heck of a lot of chewing,” wrote The Detroit News’ Adam Graham.
DES (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
David Tennant’s drift to the dark side reaches new heights with his latest, chilling performance. The 10th Doctor essays real-life Scottish serial killer Dennis Andrew Nilsen in this three-part drama based on the events surrounding his 1983 arrest.
Part of ITV’s ongoing series of dramatising notorious British murder cases (previous examples include 2011’s Appropriate Adult and 2016’s Dark Angel), Des offers a case study of what German-born American political philosopher Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil.
With the camera mostly fixed on Tennant’s Nilsen in these lengthy interview room scenes, it’s hard for the viewer not to be drawn into the investigation, waiting for some slip or dropping of his cool facade, which never seems to come. It’s a masterclass in concentration and characterisation and a performance which will haunt you for days afterwards.
GRAND ARMY (NETFLIX)
Loosely based on showrunner Katie Cappiello’s 2013 theatre production Slut: The Play, this nine-part series follows the lives and loves of five students at Grand Army High School, a public high school in Brooklyn, New York. “Although the series appears familiar in many ways to teen series that have come before it, these newcomers, amid the sheer chaos of high school in these rapid-paced episodes, also reflect the world as we know it now,” wrote The AV Club’s Aramide Tinubu.
THE LATE NIGHT BIG BREAKFAST (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
John Campbell and Duncan Garner better look out because New Zealand’s most “hard hitting” late-night breakfast TV show is back. Yes, five years after they last broadcast from Auckland’s Target Furniture Hypermart, the current affairs/lifestyle show with “more furniture than guests or ideas” has returned to ask (and answer) “the difficult questions”.
Despite what it may look like, hosts Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte guys know what they are doing and know funny. As Hart himself said before Late Night’s first season in 2014 (after it began as a segment on MoonTV), “we can make being highly ineffective, look effective”. For fans of the sustainable fishing show Screaming Reels (where no fish were harmed – or caught) and the Alternative Cricket Commentary, welcome to the comedic highlight of your year.
THE MANDALORIAN (DISNEY+)
Michael Biehn, Rosario Dawson, Katee Sackhoff, Timothy Olyphant and our own Temuera Morrison join the cast for the second season of this hit Star Wars Universe-set show which begins streaming on the Mouse House’s platform tonight (Friday).
It promises to reveal more about the mystery of “the child” (aka Baby Yoda), with the first trailer letting slip that he needs to somehow link up with what remains of the Jedi.
MATCH FIT (THREE)
Based on a 2018 British series, this four-part reality show is hilarious, heartfelt viewing. Former All Black greats like Frank Bunce, Eroni Clarke, Ron Cribb and Troy Flavell reunite to try and get on the field for one last game. Under the watchful eye of coaches Buck Shelford and Sir Graham Henry, they have just eight weeks to avoid injury and get themselves into shape.
Providing an opportunity to see these one-time sporting heroes in a new light, it proves that even superstar athletes have their struggles, especially after the spotlight fades. Forget your MasterChefs, Blocks and Bachelorettes, this is – hands down – the best and most important reality show of the year.
A SUITABLE BOY (NETFLIX)
Six-part, BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel of the same name. Directed by Indian-American film-maker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), the screenplay was written by the period drama specialist Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair).
Set in North India in 1951, it’s the coming-of-age story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala).“There has never been a TV drama quite so kaleidoscopic,” wrote Daily Mail’s Christopher Stevens.
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