New to SoHo and SoHo2 in December

The Woman in White | SoHo, 8.30 Sundays from December 16.

The Daily Telegraph dubbed this bold adaptation of the Wilkie Collins’ best-seller set in English country houses and a Victorian madhouse “a feminist battle-cry for the #MeToo generation”. Featuring an all-star cast (Jessie Buckley, Charles Dance, Ben Hardy, Kerry Fox), it retains the creeping atmosphere while bringing a distinctly modern take to its striking female characters, its charismatic, formidable villains, and its gripping, labyrinthine plot.

King Lear | SoHo2, 7.30 December 14.

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson head a one-off BBC adaptation that The Guardian quipped “cuts the play to two hours, adds helicopters and mixed martial arts, and boasts fab performances all over the place”. Set in the present, King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters according to their affection for him. When his youngest daughter refuses to flatter him, a hurt and angry Lear banishes her. With that fateful decision, family and state collapse into chaos and warfare. Tobias Menzies, Christopher Eccleston, Jim Broadbent, Jim Carter, Florence Pugh and Emily Watson co-star.

Jane Fonda in Five Acts | SoHo2, 9.30 December 29.

Directed and produced by Spielberg‘s Susan Lacy, it draws on 21 hours of recent interviews with the Oscar-winner, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life as she faces turning  80 (“the beginning of my last act”): her loves, causes and missteps. She explores the pain of her mother’s suicide, her famous father’s emotional unavailability, 30 years of an eating disorder, and three marriages to highly visible, yet diametrically opposed, men. Time called Fonda “introspective and affable, confident yet forthcoming about her flaws and failures”.

A Dangerous Son | SoHo2, 7.30 December 22.

Directed by Emmy-winning Liz Garbus, this eye-opening HBO documentary focuses primarily on three families in crisis, each struggling with a child’s severe mental illness and desperately seeking treatment in the face of limited resources and support. Interspersed with interviews with mental-health experts and advocates, the film highlights the cycle of counsellor visits, medications, hospitalisations, and encounters with law enforcement.

● Also new will be season three of Berlin Station (SoHo, 8.30 Fridays from December 14) and the comedy specials Drew Michael (SoHo2, 7.30 December 28) and Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean (SoHo2, 8.30 December 28).

And there will be Saturday box sets of:

  • SoHo: The First, Berlin Station (S2), Snowfall (S2), Shameless (S9a) and Strange Angel
  • SoHo2: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Silicon Valley (S4 & 5), American Horror Story: Apocalypse, American Gods, Sweetbitter and Vida.
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