Our pick of the best new TV series and documentaries for fall

Dominic West in SAS Rogue Heroes. Picture: BBC

AUTUMN is officially upon us, bringing with it age-old traditions, from growling that “the nights are coming” to screaming like a banshee whenever someone accidentally turns on the “big light” before the living room curtains have been drawn. fired safely for the evening.

Then there’s the desire to hunker down, fit in, and enjoy a decent TV. But what to watch? Here we list the best TV shows to watch in the coming weeks.

SAS Rogue Heroes

Coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn

The trio of Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell and Alfie Allen lead the cast of a major new drama series from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.

SAS Rogue Heroes, which also stars Sofia Boutella and Dominic West, is described by Knight as “a war story like no other” and “true to the spirit of this legendary brigade of misfits and adventurers”.

Swindells – whose past roles include Sex Education and Vigil – plays Perthshire-born David Stirling, a young sniper officer who, while recuperating in a Cairo hospital in 1941 after a training exercise gone wrong, hatches an ambitious plan.

Driven by his belief that traditional commando units don’t work, he seeks permission to recruit the toughest, boldest and brightest soldiers to embark on elite undercover operations behind enemy lines in second class World War.

Devil’s hour

Coming to Prime Video October 28

Former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi plays a “reclusive nomad driven by a murderous obsession” in this chilling psychological thriller starring Jessica Raine, Nikesh Patel, Meera Syal, Alex Ferns and Phil Dunster.

According to superstition, frightening and inexplicable events can occur between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Devil’s Hour chronicles a woman who wakes up to frightening visions at exactly 3:33 a.m. every morning and finds herself tied to a series of brutal murders.

Paisley-born screenwriter Steven Moffat, whose latest BBC drama Inside Man begins on Monday, is among the executive producers of this Amazon Original series. Moffat’s other award-winning TV credits include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Jekyll and Dracula.

The Larkins

Coming to STV next month

Many of us have fond memories of sitting down on Sunday nights in the 1990s to watch the original The Darling Buds of May. This ITV reboot, which debuted last year, has already won a loyal following among viewers.

The second series of the cozy comedy-drama based on HE Bates’ beloved novel sees Bradley Walsh return as wheel-dealer with a heart of gold, Pop Larkin, and Joanna Scanlan as his wife Ma.

A newcomer to the village settings sparks romantic interest. Primrose Larkin (Lydia Page) has finished her studies and intends to take the journalistic world by storm. Well, until the aptly named Reverend Ian Candy (Maxim Ays) caught his eye.

Other newcomers include out-of-town family the Jerebohms – played by Morgana Robinson and Julian Rhind Tutt – who barely made their introductions before going to war with Ma and Pop.

I hate Suzie too

Coming to Sky Atlantic and now later in 2022

Billie Piper returns as Suzie Pickles, a former teenage pop star and TV actress who finds herself at the center of a tabloid and internet storm after her cellphone is hacked and compromising photographs are leaked.

Series two will see our favorite anti-heroine start over with a new agent, a new publicist and a new job – strutting for likes to the bizarre Dance Crazee sound, a reality TV competition that has audiences around the world. Saturday night hooked up.

The goal? Win the hearts of the audience and stay on the show long enough to finance her life as a single mother. Meanwhile, Suzie’s ex-husband, Cob (Daniel Ings), is still grappling with their acrimonious split, and she must mend the barriers with her best friend, Naomi (Leila Farzad).

blockbuster

Coming to Netflix November 3

Do you remember the not so dark and distant past when you found something decent to watch on four terrestrial TV channels or walked to the nearest video store? Get ready for some gleeful nostalgia with this sweet-sounding Netflix comedy.

Randall Park – known for his roles on Fresh Off The Boat, WandaVision and Young Rock – plays Timmy Yoon, “an analog dreamer living in a 5G world” who discovers he’s operating America’s last Blockbuster movie rental store.

Timmy and his loyal team (which includes Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum Melissa Fumero) face an uphill battle as they battle to stay relevant and convince customers that their old school Company offers something the big streaming companies can’t: a human connection.

Shantaram

Coming to Apple TV+ on October 14

Gregory David Roberts’ internationally bestselling 2003 novel will finally make the leap to the small screen with Sons of Anarchy frontman Charlie Hunnam playing a fugitive looking to disappear on the bustling, bustling streets of Mumbai.

Shantaram author Roberts based the semi-autobiographical work on his time spent in the Indian city, then known as Bombay, between 1981 and 1987. Although some characters were disguised or blended in, many key events remain authentic.

The 12-part Apple TV+ series centers on Lin Ford, a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who breaks out of prison. He yearns for freedom and a simple life, but finds that plan quickly derailed when he falls in love with an enigmatic and intriguing woman.

Ralph and Katie

Coming to BBC One next month

The brainchild of Peter Bowker, creator of The A Word, this six-part comedy-drama follows newlyweds Ralph and Katie’s first year of marriage. Viewers saw the young couple, who have Down syndrome, celebrate their dream wedding in series three of The A Word.

Leon Harrop (Brassic, No Offense, The Street) and Sarah Gordy (The Long Call, Strike, Call The Midwife) reprise their roles for the spin-off, leading a cast that includes Gogglebox narrator Craig Cash, Sam Retford (Ackley Bridge) and Jamie Marie Leary (River City and Traces).

Showrunner Bowker described his latest project as “a natural step forward from The A Word’s ongoing ambition to increase representation and diversity both on and off screen.”

The production of Ralph & Katie saw Bowker work with five of the UK’s top emerging deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers – Genevieve Barr, Annalisa Dinnella, Amy Trigg, Lizzie Watson and Tom Wentworth – as well as Bafta-winning director Jordan Hogg , who has cerebral palsy.

Britain’s secret islands

Coming to Sky History from October 10

A whirlwind tour of archaeological sites and historical wonders around the British Isles – from mysterious standing stones to ruined castles – forms the heart of this four-part series.

The program includes a visit to a Viking fire festival in Shetland, as well as the story of the Norse invaders in the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast and recreating the voyages of ancient seafarers through the Hebrides.

The program will attempt to land a drone on remote Rockall – which was officially incorporated into the UK in 1972 – and tell how half a century ago the highest peak of the uninhabitable granite islet was destroyed to a navigation beacon in Operation Tophat.

The platform

Coming to Prime Video later in 2022

Imagine the scene: an oil rig in the North Sea where, as the crew prepares to return to the mainland, a mysterious and eerie fog rolls in. Communications collapse and all hell breaks loose. Set on the fictional Kinloch Bravo rig, the six-part sci-fi thriller was filmed at the Port of Leith in Edinburgh.

Created by Scottish writer David Macpherson, the impressive cast – dubbed “the Scottish Avengers” – includes Guilt’s Mark Bonnar and Emun Elliott, and Line of Duty Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen and Martin Compston.

Macpherson, who grew up in Alness on the Cromarty Firth, describes The Rig as “playing with a lot of big ideas about where we are in the world today and where we could go”.

The crown

Coming to Netflix in November

There has been – perhaps unsurprisingly – a huge surge of interest in Netflix’s The Crown following the Queen’s death. The hit show, chronicling the life and reign of the monarch, saw an 800 per cent increase in UK viewership, with huge numbers also in the US, France and Australia.

The fifth series of Peter Morgan’s award-winning drama will depict the early to mid-1990s, with Imelda Staunton taking on the role of the Queen, previously played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.

Jonathan Pryce, meanwhile, is expected to follow in the footsteps of Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. Lesley Manville, Dominic West, Elizabeth Debicki, Jonny Lee Miller and Olivia Williams also join the cast for the latest series.