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New to Lightbox in March

Lightbox at last shines the light on one of the most acclaimed British comedies of the past two years, Raised by Wolves. Loosely based on the home-schooled childhoods of popular British comedian, columnist and author of How To Be A Woman, Caitlin Moran, and her sister, Caroline, seasons one and two will stream from March 13. “This […]

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Critical Condition: The Frankenstein Chronicles

The Frankenstein Chronicles | Netflix, from Tuesday ➢ “The Frankenstein Chronicles does have Sean Bean, and for that we should be thankful. The legendary Yorkshireman is the star copper of this beguiling and very dark period drama, which takes as its inspiration Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic about the fictional monster … The imagery is bleak, windswept and […]

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Lightbox Goes Loco Over Local

Next month Lightbox will stream its first commissioned dramas, one of which it’s already renewed. “We’re really thrilled to be taking this crucial next step and investing directly in local productions,” Lightbox General Manager Hema Patel says. “New Zealanders are loyal and avid consumers of local content, and we know our customers will love these excellent series.” High […]

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Critical Condition: The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor | Lightbox, from Monday ➢ “The Good Doctor has something crucial to say, and it has a killer cast, and it does an amazing amount of setup in Monday’s efficient pilot hour. Young doctor-to-be Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel) is on his way to a new life in a city sure […]

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Critical Condition: Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon | Netflix, from today ➢ “The main conceit of this slow-building but satisfying series is that people can download their consciousness into a series of bodies, or ‘sleeves,’ indefinitely. These extensions are only possible for individuals with sufficient funds, of course: Living forever, which involves growing or acquiring an array of sleeves, is […]

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Critical Condition: Babylon Berlin

Babylon Berlin | Netflix, from Tuesday ➢ “The most expensive drama Germany has ever put on, except for . . . no, actually, let’s not make that joke; it is a detective series set in the interwar Weimar Republic. Darkness beckons, poverty is rife, politics are violent and insane, and a city copes by being decadent, […]

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New to Netflix in February

Damnation: Season 1 (1/2/2018) In a rural Iowa community during the Great Depression, a stranger with a violent past poses as a preacher and rallies the farmers to mount a strike. Altered Carbon: Season 1 (2/2/2018) Adaptation of the classic cyberpunk novel set over 300 years in the future, when human minds are digitised and downloaded […]

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Pete Sneaks Back on to Amazon Prime

Season two of Sneaky Pete will premiere on Amazon Prime in 4K-UHD on March 9. The lighthearted thriller about a con man (Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes his ex-cellmate’s identity to elude gangsters and moves in with his alter-ego’s estranged family, was Amazon Prime’s second most streamed original scripted series of 2017. It was created by Bryan […]

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Critical Condition: Gunpowder

Gunpowder | Lightbox, from Thursday ➢ “This Kit Harington-starring three-parter got off to an explosive start. It might might be historically accurate but did it need to be quite so gruesome? … The first half hour is not the easiest of watches, tension followed by utter horribleness … It’s certainly historically fascinating, and genuine, in […]

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Critical Condition: Black Lightning

Black Lightning | Amazon Netflix, from Tuesday ➢ “It feels like 2018 is just about the perfect time for a show that features a black, lesbian superhero. Sure, in the pilot of Black Lightning — created by Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends) and husband Salim Akil and produced by Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti — Anissa Pierce (Nafessa Williams) […]

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