ZAC & MIA S2
Zac & Mia, based on the multi-award-winning novel by AJ Betts, centres on two teenagers battling cancer in the same hospital. In the everyday world, Zac and Mia would have nothing in common, but in the hospital, where they’re the only teens on the ward, they develop an unbreakable bond.
In Season 2, Zac looks forward to things going back to normal as he returns home, but soon discovers that normal is not what it once was. Mia embarks on physiotherapy and is learning to adjust to life after her operation, but she has a long, hard road ahead of her. The one thing they have is each other, but could what brought them together become the thing that tears them apart?
The first season won two Emmys: for lead actress Anne Winters (Chloe from 13 Reasons Why) and its script, which also won a Writers Guild of America award. The show was also nominated for four more, including Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Lead Actor for three-time Teen Choice winning YouTuber Kian Lawley (superkian13, with 3.35million followers).
Common Sense Media rates the show as 13+, saying Zac and Mia “examines the inner turmoil that comes with having a serious illness, but also the hope and clarity that can be found when people get real with one another.”
They also give the show kudos for “showing the mental health repercussions that come along with trying to be ‘strong’ for your family and friends, and how even the most stoic among us need the permission to fully express and experience our emotions.”
:: Winner of two Emmys (for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Writing in a Digital Drama Series)
:: Writers Guild of America winner
:: 4m views and counting for the three series trailers
:: 8.1/10, IMDB
Long Island police chief Jo Evans (Golden Globe nominee Allison Tolman from Fargo) investigates a case involving a young child found unscathed at the site of a mysterious plane accident. The girl has no memory of who she is or how she got there, but her arrival is marked by unexplained phenomena and electronic disruptions.
The sci-fi drama co-stars child actress Alexa Swinton (who also plays Eva Rhoades in Billions), Donald Faison (BET Comedy Awards winner and Teen Choice nominee for Scrubs), and Emmy winner Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Perpetual Grace), among others.
It’s Tolman’s performance the critics are raving about though, with Variety saying, “Tolman brings to the role the warmth and shrewdness she did to a similar part in FX’s Fargo; it’s a pleasure simply to watch her think through the case.”
:: #48 Rotten Tomatoes’ Best TV Shows of 2019
:: One of five best-reviewed TV sci-fi and fantasy shows of 2019
:: 94% critics’ rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: 4.6m views for the trailer
THE ORVILLE S2
Series creator Seth McFarlane (the Oscar-nominated creator of Family Guy and Ted) is Ed Mercer, captain of the exploratory space vessel The Orville. He faces intergalactic challenges and interpersonal dynamics along with his crew, 400 years in the future.
Inspired by classic series like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, Season 2 of this irreverent space adventure promises more character-driven drama (and comedy), with The Orville on course to make first contact with new alien civilisations, return to Moclus, and confront the Krill.
The cast includes Emmy winner Peter Macon (Shameless), Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Scott Grimes (ER’s Archie Morris), Penny Johnson Jerald (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Chad L. Coleman (The Expanse, The Walking Dead), and Michaela McManus (The Vampire Diaries).
Also look out for Emmy nominee Victor Garber (Alias’ Jack Bristow), Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Golden Globe nominee Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl’s Blair) and Golden Globe winner Ted Danson (The Good Place).
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Fun, focused, and surprisingly thoughtful, The Orville‘s second season makes good use of its talented crew.”
:: 2019 Emmy nominee for Best VFX
:: 8/10, IMDB
First on Showmax, binge now
Staffers at two newspapers – a left-leaning broadsheet and a right-leaning populist tabloid – fight for truth, entertainment and the ultimate scoop as two British newspapers go head-to-head in a press world fraught with scandals, under pressure from the 24 hour news cycle, and constantly evolving in the digital age.
The BBC drama mini-series is created by BAFTA-nominated writer-producer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster).
Priyanga Burford (Avenue 5) won the Eastern Eye Award for Best Actress for her role as Amina Chaudury opposite BAFTA nominee David Suchet (Poirot), Charlotte Riley (Trust, Peaky Blinders), Ellie Kendrick (Meera from Game of Thrones), and Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), whom the London Evening Standard hailed as “bloody marvellous… the absolute star of this show”.
:: 95% critics’ rating and 100% audience rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Priyanga Burford won the 2019 Eastern Eye Award for Best Actress
NOUGHTS + CROSSES
Express from M-Net; Thursdays from 12 March
The highly anticipated BBC sci-fi adaptation of the first book in Malorie Blackman’s best-selling young adult novel series is set in a dystopian alternate history where black “Cross” people rule over white “Noughts”. Against a backdrop of prejudice, distrust and rebellion, childhood friends Sephy and Callum must fight for more than simply the right to be together.
An iconic love story of two families separated by power and prejudice but forever entwined by fate, Noughts + Crosses stars South African Masali Baduza (Trackers) and BAFTA Cymru winner Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders). The cast also includes Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), Helen Baxendale (Midsomer Murders), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and South African Bonnie Mbuli (Catch a Fire), with a guest appearance by rapper Stormzy.
Exec produced by multi-award-winning director Kibwe Tavares, with a writing team headed up by multi-award-winning Being Human and Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse, Noughts + Crosses was shot in South Africa with mostly South African crew, including award-winning cinematographers Jamie Ramsay and Giulio Biccari, and production designer Shane Bunce.
Same time as M-Net, express from the US, Mondays from 16 March
Sci-fi drama Westworld is a dark wild west odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. And this season, they’re knocking it “out of the park”.
Returning for season 3 are Golden Globe nominees Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores) and Thandie Newton (Maeve), Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold), People’s Choice nominee Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Screen Actors Guild nominees Luke Hemsworth (Ashley) and Rodrigo Santoro (Hector), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris as The Man in Black.
New faces this season include Golden Globe nominee Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s Twelve, Black Swan), Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Ready Player One), Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy) and Grammy winner Kid Cudi. (Psst! Early trailers also feature certain as-yet-unannounced actors … Are they? Aren’t they? With Westworld, seeing is never believing.)
:: Winner of 7 Emmys, including Best Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton) in 2018
:: Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Drama Series
:: #69, IMDB’s Top Rated TV of All Time, with an 8.7/10 rating
:: 86% critics’ rating, Rotten Tomatoes
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…
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