Freak Show Latest SoHo Horror

Next month Sky’s SoHo channel will unleash American Horror Story: Freak Show.

The series, which will air 9.30 Mondays from October 13, five days after its US premiere, is set in 1952 Florida when a troupe of grotesque misfits help a small town battle a dark entity.

Returning for the latest instalment are Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Emma Roberts while new to the franchise are Michael Chiklis and Patti LaBelle.

But expect Sarah Paulson to turn the most heads.

“We’re doing conjoined twins in a very interesting way that I’ve never seen done before,” creator Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly.

“What we’re doing with Sarah is one body, one actor, two heads. It’s really a technological and acting marvel for Ms Paulson. I think people will really be blown away by it.”

Season four of Homeland will premiere in a double episode on October 8 — two days after its US broadcast — whereas being dusted off after six years is the miniseries House of Saddam, which will air 8.30 Fridays from October 10.

House of Saddam is commendably restrained and commendably researched (archive footage is interwoven with great skill) but dramatically, I am afraid, it is dry as toast,” was The Independent’s verdict.

“This BBC production about Saddam Hussein’s reign and eventual fall is best viewed as a gangster movie, with scenes that echo (almost comically at times) The Godfather and later Scarface,” Variety said.

“Hussein’s idiot son Uday even starts snorting coke and strutting around in white suits.

“Although the project reinforces (lest anyone need a reminder) that the Iraqi dictator was a ruthless sonofabitch, House of Saddam is too episodic to be fully engaging, providing a sporadically interesting glimpse into how cheap life was under Hussein’s brutal rule.”

Much newer is the Showtime drama series The Affair, which will air here 8.30 Sundays from October 19 (a week after its US premiere).

About the the emotional and psychological effects of an extramarital relationship, it stars Dominic West (The Wire), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Maura Tierney (ER), Joshua Jackson (Fringe), Danny Fischer (The Following), Nicolette Robinson(Hart of Dixie) and Darren Goldstein (Damages).

Said Digital Spy: “The show, with its bifurcated flash-back, flash-forward format, reminds me more – in a good way – of 2014’s other new TV masterpiece, True Detective.

“You see, a crime has been committed, but we don’t know by whom, or to whom. And we watch, tantalised, as police detectives interrogate West and Wilson’s characters, hoping to find out more.

“And for me, like it seems to be for them, The Affair feels a lot like love at first sight.” 

Other October highlights include a weekly re-run of Breaking Bad from episode one (9.30 Tuesdays), another tour of duty for The Pacific (6.00 Sundays), and box set weekends of Homeland (season three), American Horror Story: Coven, Masters of Sex (season two), Damages (season four) and The Fall (season one).

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