What To Watch Online This May

Get set for hours of entertainment this month, with some of our favourite programmes returning to our screens and incredible debuts that will keep you transfixed.

Dead To Me – Series 1, Netflix

Dead to Me is an upcoming Netflix Original black-comedy created by Liz Feldman, known for her work as a writer on 2 Broke Girls and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she was won multiple Emmy Awards. After the sad and violent death of her husband Jeff, Jen (Christina Applegate) is bitter and angry at the world. When Jen meets Judy (Mad Men’s Linda Cardellini) who’s also a widow but not as high strung as Jen, soon a strong and powerful friendships blossoms between the pair. But as Jen allows Judy’s friendship to become an integral part of her life, unbeknown to Jen, Judy hides a dark and shocking secret.

Available to watch now 

She’s Gotta Have It – Series 2, Netflix

Spike Lee’s revival of his 1986 movie received good reviews from critics and fans alike. Now it’s back for a second series. The comedy follows Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) on her journey of self-discovery as she figures out whether to follow her passion for music or give into the stability of the corporate world. With Wise’s character’s newfound success, the new season sees the evolution of her love life with Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos) who is now pursuing his own music career, as well as her many close-knit friends in their home of Fort Green, Brooklyn.

Available to watch on 24th May 

Bodies, iPlayer

Missing Line of Duty? The Beeb has put all of showrunner Jed Mercurio’s first-ever series on iPlayer for LoD and Bodyguard fans to enjoy. The 17-episode series – which ran from 2004-2006 – is a dark medical drama which follows junior doctor Rob Lake (Max Beesley) as he unearths the negligent practice of senior obstetrician Roger Hurley (Patrick Baladi). Mercurio has called his debut the best thing he’s ever written, making this a must watch.

Available to watch now

Knock Down The House, Netflix

A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner's daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. Filmed in the aftermath of Trump’s election, the film follows these four ‘outsiders’. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka AOC), who has since gone on to become a New York congresswoman and high-profile critic of Trump’s government. Inspiring stuff.

Available to watch now

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, Now TV

Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophile who, after denying his crimes for nearly a decade, confessed to a four-year killing spree between 1974 and 1978 in which he murdered 30 women. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile is a fictionalised version of his life and crimes, starring Zac Efron, and told from the point of view of his ex-girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who wrote a tell-all book about their life together at the height of his killing spree.

Available to watch now 

The Girl With All The Gifts, Netflix

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in England, this group of children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr Caldwell. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest: she excels in the classroom, is inquisitive and imaginative. When the base falls, Melanie escapes. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, she must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Available to watch now

Baby Driver, Netflix

Baby (Ansel Elgort), is a music-loving orphan who also happens to be the prodigiously talented go-to getaway driver for heist mastermind Doc (Kevin Spacey). With the perfect soundtrack picked out for each and every job, Baby ensures Doc's violent, bank-robbing cronies – including Buddy (Jon Hamm), Bats (Jamie Foxx) and Darling (Eiza Gonzalez) – get in and out before it's too late. He's not in it for the long haul though, hoping to nail one last job before riding off into the sunset with beautiful diner waitress Debora (Lily James). Easier said than done.

Available to watch on 27th May 

Derry Girls – Series 1, Netflix

Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls was an instant hit when it launched last year. Set in the early 1990s, the six-part show depicts the lives of four teenage girls (and one of their male cousins) as they grow up in Troubles-era Northern Ireland. Armoured Land Rovers, British Army check points and IRA graffiti are all scattered throughout the series, but this is far from a depressing depiction of a war-torn time, rather it’s a genuinely laugh-out-loud tale that follows protagonist Erin Quinn and her friends as they attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being 16.

Available to watch from today

The Wife, Netflix

Joan (Glenn Close) and Joe (Jonathan Pryce) remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man's wife. But as Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Available to watch on 13th May 

Easy – Series 3, Netflix

Creator Joe Swanberg’s Easy returns for a third and final season, featuring some new faces as well as many returning fan favourites, all of whom are navigating the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture in Chicago. The new season stars Zazie Beetz, Sophia Bush, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, John Gallagher Jr., Jake Johnson, Evan Jonigkeit, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Maron, Kate Micucci, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Elizabeth Reaser, Jaz Sinclair, Kali Skrap, and Jacqueline Toboni.

Available to watch on 10th May 

Wine Country, Netflix

In honor of Rebecca's (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best friends. Workaholic Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), post-op Val (Paula Pell), homebody Jenny (Emily Spivey) and weary mom Naomi (Maya Rudolph) are equally sold on the chance to relax and reconnect. Yet as the alcohol flows, real world uncertainties intrude on the punchlines and gossip, and the women begin questioning their friendships and futures. A hilarious and heartfelt comedy directed by Amy Poehler, Wine Country co-stars Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones.

Available to watch on 10th May

When They See Us, Netflix

Based on a true story that gripped the country, Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of colour, labelled the ‘Central Park Five’, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part series focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. A powerful watch.

Available to watch on 31st May

Good Omens, Prime Video

With Armageddon just days away, the armies of Heaven and Hell are amassing, and The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), an angel, and Crowley (David Tennent), a demon, agree to join forces to find the missing anti-Christ and to stop the war that will end everything. Based on the best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens follows an unlikely duo and their quest to save the world. Also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Miranda Richardson, John Hamm, Frances McDormand, Nick Offerman and Jack Whitehall.

Available to watch on 31st May 

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