The Essex Serpent, Apple TV+
Based on the bestselling book by Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent follows London widow Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. There, she forms a surprising bond of science and scepticism with the local pastor (Tom Hiddleston) but when tragedy strikes, locals accuse her of attracting the creature. Set in Victorian England its star-studded cast also includes Frank Dillane, Clémence Poésy and Hayley Squires. If it’s anything like recent Apple TV+ hits Severance and Slow Horses, we’ll be hooked.
Out 13th May.
Senior Year, Netflix
A high-school cheerleader (Rebel Wilson) has a cheer-related accident and falls into a coma before her prom. Twenty years later – aged 37 – she wakes up and wants to return to high school to reclaim her status and become prom queen. Also stars Alicia Silverstone and Justin Hartley.
Out 13th May.
Tokyo Vice, Amazon Prime Video
We can’t wait to start watching this new series, and not just because Miami Vice’s Michael Mann directed the pilot. Tokyo Vice is loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein's first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. Filmed on location in Japan’s capital, the series captures Adelstein's (Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late 90s, where nothing and no one is truly what or who they seem. In addition to Elgort (West Side Story, Baby Driver), Tokyo Vice stars Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception, Batman Begins), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and Ella Rumpf (Succession).
Out 15th May.
Gaslit, Amazon Prime Video
Gaslit is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal – from bumbling President Nixon and opportunistic subordinates to the deranged zealots aiding and abetting their crimes, and the tragic whistleblowers who would eventually bring the whole rotten enterprise crashing down. The story centres on Martha Mitchell, played by Julia Roberts, and also stars Sean Penn, Dan Stevens and Betty Gilpin.
The Time Traveler’s Wife, Now
Based on the beloved book by Audrey Niffenegger, HBO’s new drama The Time Traveler’s Wife stars Game of Thrones and Vigil’s Rose Leslie as Clare Abshire, Theo James as Henry DeTamble, Desmin Borges as Gomez and Natasha Lopez as Charisse. An intricate and magical love story, adapted by Steven Moffatt (the man behind Sherlock and the recent series of Dr Who), the series focuses on Clare and Henry, and a marriage with a problem... uncontrollable time travel. If it’s anything like the 2009 film with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, we’re in for a treat.
Out 16th May.
Dear Evan Hansen, Now
The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical and a 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen struck a chord with audiences and critics from its very first performance. Last year, it was released in cinemas as a film starring Ben Platt, Amy Adams and Julianne Moore. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, this is a truly American musical about life and the way we live it.
Out 10th May.
Stranger Things – Series 4, Netflix
Series four of Netflix mega-hit Stranger Things is set six months after the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to the town of Hawkins. Struggling with the aftermath, the close-knit group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn't made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and horrifying supernatural threat surfaces, presenting a gruesome mystery that, if solved, might finally put an end to the horrors of the Upside Down.
Out 27th May.
The Wall – Climb For Gold, Netflix
The Wall – Climb for Gold follows four female climbers as they face the sporting challenge of a lifetime: attempting to compete in the first ever Olympic climbing competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Janja Garnbret, Shauna Coxsey, Brooke Raboutou and Miho Nonaka are tracked over an extraordinary two years, as they battle through Olympic qualifying events to earn their place at Tokyo, then face a gruelling season of competition and training that sees everything put on hold when the Covid-19 pandemic forces the Games to be postponed. As the young women confront their own mental and physical demons en route to Tokyo, the film reveals what it takes to be an Olympian.
The Flight Attendant – Series 2, Now
Season two of the critically acclaimed HBO Max Original comedy series The Flight Attendant is almost here. Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) is living her best sober life in Los Angeles while moonlighting as a CIA asset in her spare time. When an overseas assignment leads her to inadvertently witness a murder, she becomes entangled in another international intrigue.
Out 26th May.
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