Best new TV to watch in September
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 August 2020
Including Ratched, Des and All Creatures Great And Small
From rebooted classics to origin stories plus sketch shows, space stories and cinema spin-offs, and with performances from Maisie Williams, David Tennant and Hilary Swank, there's plenty to enjoy on your small screens in September.
All Creatures Great And Small
The classic cosy British drama based on vet James Herriot's memoirs is brought back to life in this six-parter (plus a Christmas special down the line) with Samuel West as Siegfried, Anna Madeley as Mrs Hall, and Nicholas Ralph as James.
Five, Tuesday 1 September.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
A genuine first for the telly, as an all-black women writers' room concocts comedic sketches for an all-black women acting troupe, and directed by a black woman (Dime Davis).
Sky Comedy, Tuesday 1 September.
Across this six-parter we meet young people with a variety of skin conditions being treated by some of the leading UK experts in their field. In the opener, we meet patients with cysts, acne and….a port wine stain.
BBC One, Tuesday 1 September.
Two Weeks To Live
Maisie 'Arya Stark' Williams is, once again, a resourceful young woman battling the odds. This time she ends up on the run from nasty gangsters through no fault of her own. Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Quiz) plays her survivalist mum.
Sky One, Wednesday 2 September.
Henning Mankell's iconic cop gets his backstory told (sort of) with contemporary Sweden acting as the setting for this origins story (though not really) of Kurt Wallander.
Netflix, Thursday 3 September.
Hilary Swank stars in this ten-part drama about a commander who leads a crew on NASA's mission to Mars but faces major struggles with colleagues in outer space and her own family back on planet earth.
Netflix, Friday 4 September.
Sakho And Mangane
Channel 4's Walter Presents strand delivers its first African series, featuring two Senegalese cops with very different approaches to policing. They quickly need to find common ground when a Belgian ethnologist is found murdered on a sacred island.
All 4, Friday 4 September.
Opera Mums With Bryony Kimmings
Performance artist Bryony Kimmings undergoes a crash course in opera to put together a piece about single mums. By the end, Kimmings, the mothers and perhaps even opera itself might never be the same again.
BBC Four, Sunday 6 September.
A semi-autobiographical comedy series written by and starring Katherine Ryan as a single mum making her way in London. But despite the total adoration she feels for Olive, what would happen if 'Katherine' wanted a second child?
Netflix, Friday 11 September.
It's 1999 and post-communist Russia is rife with corruption. A young investment banker from Sweden (thus bringing the drama within the Scandi Noir genre) finds himself involved in shady dealings with Moscow's underworld.
All 4, Friday 11 September.
Why Women Kill
Taking three women in different periods (1960s housewife, 1980s socialite, 2019 lawyer), this series details how they tackled infidelity in their relationships. Spoiler alert: there might be a big clue in the title. Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste play the aforementioned trio.
Alibi, Friday 11 September.
The Third Day
This six-part psychological thriller set on a mysterious British-owned island tells three interconnected stories both on your telly and via an immersive live theatrical event (albeit one that will also be beamed through your small screens). Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine are all in there.
Sky Atlantic, Tuesday 15 September.
Challenger: The Final Flight
It was the moment that shocked the world, but what's the real story behind the 1986 space shuttle disaster? This four-parter unearths this tragic story of NASA's lowest point.
Netflix, Wednesday 16 September.
Another month and another Ryan Murphy exec-produced Netflix extravaganza, this time with Sarah Paulson taking on the role of Mildred Ratched, the scary 'carer' from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, in this spin-off origins story. Sharon Stone, Vincent D'Onofrio and Sophie Okonedo are also involved.
Netflix, Friday 18 September.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
The first official TV series of the Jurassic Park franchise, the computer-animated Camp Cretaceous follows the perils and pitfalls of six teens stranded on the dino-infested Isla Nublar.
Netflix, Friday 18 September.
In this eight-part drama series, a young Jewish woman born in Iran but raised in Israel becomes a Mossad agent whose mission is to disable a nuclear reactor in Tehran. It's fair to say this show has not gone down too well in some parts of the Middle East.
Apple TV+, Friday 25 September.
This culty UK drama from 2012 gets the rebooted US treatment as a bunch of comic book fans go in search of answers to a mystery that might change the world. But will it also have that icky spoon moment?
Amazon Prime, Friday 25 September.
The Comey Rule
The 2016 US presidential election is revisited with this two-part drama in which Jeff Daniels plays ex-FBI director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson transforms himself into the person who currently occupies the White House. An all-star cast also features Holly Hunter, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Kelly, Oona Chaplin and Jonathan Banks.
Sky Atlantic, Wednesday 30 September.
David Tennant takes on the toughest role of his career to date, as he transforms himself into Dennis Nilsen, the Muswell Hill-based Scottish serial killer who was brought to justice in 1983. Daniel Mays plays the lead cop on the case while Jason Watkins is criminal profiler Brian Masters.
ITV, date tbc.
Louis Theroux: Life On The Edge
In Life On The Edge, Louis Theroux will be marking 25 years of his particular brand of investigative documentary-making with a four-part reflection on three decades of weird weekends and strange days.
BBC Two, date tbc.
Check our coverage throughout September for reviews of many of these shows.
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