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The Expanse – Season One streaming from November 3rd
The Syfy channel’s breakout hit of 2016, this 10-part series is both a space opera and science fiction mystery. Set centuries in the future, after Mars has been colonised by mankind and won independence from the Earth, war is brewing between the two planets, threatening to pull in the colonies living on the Belt. With a cast including Thomas Jane and Shohreh Aghdashloo and based on the bestselling series of novels by James SA Corey, expand your horizons.
The Crown – Season One streaming from November 4th
Billed as one of the most expensive TV shows ever made, with the budget believed to have been roughly £10m per episode, Netflix is betting big that the tale of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be the crowning glory of what has been a stellar year for the media giant. Created by Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry, Claire Foy stars as Princess Elizabeth Windsor, with the opening episode dealing with her marriage to Philip Mountbatten, the new Duke of Edinburgh. Covering 1947 to 1959, with five more seasons reportedly planning, The Crown throws everything at the screen and promises to be one of the biggest binge hits of 2016.
Shooter – Season One streaming from November 16th
Created by the USA Network, Shooter is a TV spin-off of the bestselling thriller Point of Impact, which was itself adapted for the big screen in 2007 as the Mark Wahlberg-starring Shooter. The TV iteration sees Ryan Phillippe take on the mantle as Bob Lee Swagger, a decorated veteran and sharp shooter, coaxed back into action by his former commanding officer (Omar Epps) in order to save the life of the US President. But when things go awry, Swagger finds himself framed and must do everything that he can to protect his family and clear his name.
Lovesick – Season Two streaming from November 17th
Formerly known as Scrotal Recall when it first debuted on BBC3 in 2014, Netflix has thrown a lifeline to the well reviewed but barely noticed sitcom. Series creator Tom Edge returns as writer for Season Two, reuniting the central cast of Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings in what amounts to the most charming show about venereal disease you’re likely to see this year. The plot revolves around Dylan, who having just been diagnosed with an STD has to revisit his love life and the women he was involved with, jumping back and forth in time.
Divines – Streaming from November 18th
Winner of the Caméra d’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Houda Benyamina’s Paris-based film offers another gritty take on the marginalised communities of Paris’s HLM ghettoes. In a block of flats where drugs and religion reign supreme, Dounia is hungry for her share of power and success. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Maimouna, she decides to follow the footsteps of a powerful and respect-demanding dealer. But when she meets a young dance teacher, another life and other opportunities appear in her line of sight, with the promise of a very different kind of life.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Four feature-length episodes streaming from November 25th
Just try and resist what promises to be the biggest pop culture reunion of the year. Where they lead, we follow.
3% - Season One streaming from November 25th
If the sweetness of Stars Hollow and three generations of Gilmore women seems just a little too much to handle, Netflix has brought a dash of dystopia into the mix with this promising Brazilian series. Set in the near-future after a global apocalypse, a select few, the titular 3%, live in a privileged society. But getting there from the Favelas is easier said than done, with the poor undergoing an intense, competitive and deadly competition.