New to View: January 17 – 23

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online

Monday


Star Trek: Lower Decks Amazon Prime Video

“It is explicitly set in the Star Trek universe, about 10 years after the events of The Next Generation, and focuses on the lowest-ranking officers on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos … The entire show seems to be caught in between extremes. It’s just over the edge of being too adult for kids to watch but never really delves into truly R-rated Trek content.” — Rolling Stone.

Honour BBC UKTV, 9.35

Heart-rending factual drama [that] closely follows Keeley Hawes as DCI Caroline Goode, the former Scotland Yard detective who won a medal for her investigation into Banaz Mahmod’s so-called ‘honour killing’.” — Radio Times.

Tuesday


 All American TVNZ OnDemand

“At the beginning of All American, the CW drama following a Black teen (Daniel Ezra) struggling to reconcile his Compton identity with his promising new life as a football star living in Beverly Hills, it explored questions of Blackness, colourism, and privilege through a mostly singular coming-of-age story. Now, as that narrative continues to evolve in All American Season 3, we see some of those same themes play out with varying degrees of success, and a central character grappling with a seemingly self-appointed responsibility to be everything to everyone.” — TV Guide.

Wednesday


➢ The Good Lord Bird SoHo, 9.30/Neon

All that will disappoint about this limited series’ belated debut is it won’t stream here in 4K, as it does on Showtime. “This adaptation of James McBride’s 2013 novel stars Ethan Hawke on career-best form as abolitionist crusader John Brown. It’s complicated, violent, intelligent – and tonnes of fun … This irreverent take on history is eager to jolt viewers out of whatever comfort zone they might be in.” — The Guardian.

➢ Spycraft Netflix

“If you spent most of your life thinking that all the gadgets used in James Bond movies were strictly myth, prepare to have your mind blown. Yes, spy gadgets are real, and yes, they were used by spies in the field. This series chronicles some of the more famous gadgets out there, and more on the people that developed them.” — CinemaBlend.

Daughter From Another Mother Netflix

In this Mexican comedy series, two very different mothers decide to join their families after realising that their six-month-old babies were accidentally exchanged at birth.

Thursday


Drop a Stone in a Month  TVNZ 1, 7.35

When this Channel 5 series aired in the UK two months ago, social media critics shamed it for being irresponsible. “The show sees a group of overweight food lovers go on some of the most extreme diets to lose the pounds fast, with the help of the This Morning presenter and TV’s Dr Amir Khan … On Twitter, a number of viewers criticised the programme and accused it of ‘pushing fad diets‘.” — Entertainment Daily.

Call My Agent!  Netflix

“If you haven’t yet caught this heartwarming and hilarious French comedy set in  hectic talent agency, then, zut alors, you’re in for a treat. Replete with razor-sharp wit it manages to prick the absurdity of luvviedom and its gatekeepers while managing to keep you onside with its ensemble … A multi-strand plotting format features one of two guest stars, usually French actors playing themselves having various mishaps. For series four, we’re getting Charlotte Gainsborough in the opening episode and in a later instalment Sigourney Weaver playing the show’s first Hollywood star.” — The Times.

Friday


➢ Fate: The Winx Saga Netflix

Fate: The Winx Saga will bring the animated Winx Club series to live-action, but the whitewashed cast and dark tone of the new show has angered fans … Upon the trailer’s release, critical comments from Winx Club fans poured in. The colourful world of Winx Club they knew from childhood had gotten a Riverdale-style dark makeover.” — ScreenRant.

➢ Tiger Neon/Sky Sport 6

Golf is a game of two halves — a front nine and a back nine — and so has been the double-life of one of its greatest superstars, Tiger Woods. “These two halves to Woods’s life so far form the two parts of HBO’s excellent new documentary Tiger, a project that brings together an unusual serious-mindedness with as rare a gift of pacing. This series makes elegant and understated arguments about celebrity, race, and a seemingly unknowable public figure who’s long sat at their intersection.” — Variety.

Nancy Drew Neon

“The CW drama’s second season thrusts the Drew Crew into a new mystery when an unidentified young woman is attacked … and says Nancy’s name right before losing consciousness. And if it goes anything like the big mystery from Season 1 — which ended with Nancy discovering that her entire life has been a lie — things are bound to get even more personal for her.” — TV Line.

Legacies TVNZ OnDemand

“While it’s too early to reveal what will happen in Legacies season three, don’t be surprised if more cast members from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals pop up in future episodes.” — Digital Spy.

Saturday


➢ It’s a Sin TVNZ OnDemand

“Russell T Davies’s deeply affecting miniseries on the Aids epidemic of 1980s Britain finally gets under way. We follow 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) as he leaves the Isle of Wight to study in London, finding himself an exuberant new gang of friends in the process.” — The Guardian.

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