If you’re heading off on a long-haul flight, check out our guide to the latest must-see TV shows that have been trailing a blaze on Netflix, Amazon, 4oD and the BBC. Pick your favourite, download it to your iPhone or iPad, then just sit back and enjoy the flight…
In a nutshell… X-Files meets Gravity
This brand new series is the talk of the town, not least because it’s produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Academy Award winner, Halle Berry. She plays Molly Woods – an astronaut who returns to earth after completing a year-long solo mission. The strange thing is, when she gets home, she discovers she’s pregnant. This is all the more bizarre as we discover Molly can’t have children and, as the space station’s CCTV reveals, there was no-one else onboard. Throw into the mix a sinister Big Brother-esque space agency and an unconventional family life (her son is a rather creepy android) and you’ve got a great sci-fi mystery thriller.
Available on Amazon Prime Instant Video
In a nutshell… The West Wing meets Yes Prime Minister
Season 2 of this hit political drama sees Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Spacey, return to the small screen as Frank Underwood – the unscrupulous spin doctor who’d sell his own granny given half the chance. Cue plenty of back-stabbing as Frank and co scheme their way through the White House corridors of power. And if you thought the first series pushed the notion of ‘power corrupts’ to the max, just wait until you see how far Frank is willing to go in order to further his ambition this time around. Our tip? Download series 1 as well so you can do a proper back-to-backer. Or go the whole hog and get the original Nineties BBC version, too. Starring Ian Richardson as a conniving British MP, it’s possibly even more eyebrow raising than the American reboot.
Available on Netflix UK
In a nutshell… Prisoner Cell Block H meets Tipping the Velvet
Another American export, this comedy-drama is actually based on a true story. It charts the story of Piper Chapman, a middle-class New Yorker in her mid-thirties who ends up doing time for a crime she committed 10 years ago. Through a series of flashbacks, we discover that Piper couriered a suitcase full of dirty money for her one-time girlfriend, the drug mule Alex. Reunited behind bars, the twosome rekindle their relationship while at the same time dealing with advances and abuse from their fellow inmates. Full of dark humour and dramatic tension, it’s no wonder the Huffington Post declared this, ‘one of the best new programmes of the year’. Series 1 and 2 are both available now.
In a nutshell… The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies
First things first – how to pronounce this show properly. It’s called The Hundred – not The One Hundred. That little detail aside, this post-apocalyptic drama is set in the distant future, after a nuclear war has all but wiped out life on Earth. The only surviving humans live aboard an orbiting colony called ‘The Ark’, which was cobbled together from various space stations. But when The Ark’s life support systems start to go on the blink, 100 young ‘expendable’ delinquents are sent down to the surface in escape pods to see if the Earth is once again habitable. But nobody is quite prepared for what they find back on terra firma.
Available on 4oD
In a nutshell… Spooks meets The Constant Gardener
After snaring Gillian Anderson for The Fall, the BBC has bagged another American box office biggie, in the shape of Maggie Gyllenhaal, to play the lead in this new fast-paced thriller. The show centres around Nessa Stein, a fearless and outspoken business woman. Upon inheriting the family firm, she switches its focus from supplying arms in the Middle East to laying high-speed data cables in the region. But it would seem there’s a price to pay for being a good egg. Nessa tumbles headlong into a world of international conspiracy and espionage when she’s appointed to the House of Lords for her work promoting reconciliation between the warring factions. This 8-part mini-series is currently airing on BBC Two.
Available on BBC iPlayer
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