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Critical Condition: The Handmaid’s Tale (S2)

The Handmaid’s Tale | Lightbox, from Thursday ➢ “The spectre of freedom — how we gain it, and more crucially, how we lose it — looms over Handmaid’s this season, as the writers move beyond the borders of Margaret Atwood’s source material … As a cautionary tale, Handmaid’s is never moralising or hysterical, instead constructing a […]

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New to Lightbox in May

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox will debut three exclusives next month and fast-track new episodes of a fourth. The highlight is the tense Sandi-noir hostages thriller, Below the Surface, about the hijacking of a Danish subway train, which can still be viewed on the BBC iPlayer. The Times thought it solid rather than spectacular and said […]

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New to Neon in May

   Atomic Blonde and War for the Planet of the Apes can be streamed on Sky’s Neon from next month. The latter can be viewed from May 4 and the former from May 18. Other highlights include SoHo properties Hard Sun (May 12) and Mosaic (May 17), and seasons two of The Arrangement (May 26), […]

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Critical Condition: The Letdown

The Letdown | Netflix, from Saturday ➢ “Co-created by star Alison Bell, who plays new mother Audrey, and Sarah Scheller, The Letdown may just be the funniest, and most truthful, thing on TV right now. This is comedy anchored thoroughly in the real-world experience of first-time parenting. You don’t need a birth canal or breasts […]

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Critical Condition: Bliss

Bliss | Lightbox, from Friday ➢ “A new dramedy from David Cross, starring Stephen Mangan as travel writer Andrew, who divides his time between two families. This opener charts an excruciating dinner engagement, where Andrew worries about being discovered. Your enjoyment may rest on how much you sympathise with Andrew’s anguish at his own situation.” […]

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Critical Condition: The Alienist

The Alienist | Netflix, from Thursday ➢ “Part Gangs of New York, part The Knick and part Mindhunter, TNT’s The Alienist pairs gruesome, serial killer carnage with horse-and-carriage charm for this psychological thriller set in 19th century Manhattan. The 10-episode limited series is as much about a murder investigation as it is about the roots […]

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Critical Condition: Lost in Space

Lost in Space | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “Lost in Space absolutely represents fresh ground for Netflix, at least in terms of its potential reach. Previously a beloved 1960s TV show and a less-than-beloved 1998 feature, Lost in Space premieres Friday as possibly Netflix’s broadest series to date. It’s an old-fashioned, fast-moving, family-friendly adventure yarn […]

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Double-Barrel Bosch Bow

Great news for fans of Amazon Prime’s Bosch: season four streams from April 13 and season two at last has come online in this territory. Since its launch here, Amazon Prime has offered seasons one and three of Bosch but not S2. That’s because Sky still owned the streaming rights. But the series is no […]

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Critical Condition: Troy: Fall of a City

Troy: Fall of a City | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “Predictably enough for a Saturday night drama rumoured to have cost £16 million to make, Troy: Fall of a City had its comically overblown moments. That’s no bad thing – Greek mythology without a slice of silliness would be like Strictly Come Dancing without the sequins. […]

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Critical Condition: Trump: An American Dream

Trump: An American Dream | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “Say what you like about Donald Trump but he’s a documentary-maker’s dream … This was as much an economic history of New York in the 1970s as it was of Trump; with Nixon gone, the Vietnam War lost and the city skint. But it was key […]

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