The worst nuclear disaster in history is not the most optimistic premise for a TV miniseries, but Chernobyl’s brilliant account of what happened after the eponymous nuclear reactor failed one spring morning in 1986 is superlative television.
Any show that risks the crazy combo of Don Johnson and Jeremy Irons would routinely get a nod from us. However, Watchmen is also a bold dystopian drama that captures some of the race anxiety ripping across the US and elsewhere.
For telly fans such as ourselves, this series marks the dawn of a TV revolution, where the small screen became as significant as the silver one, and home entertainment became a presence as large and looming as Tony Soprano himself. Bada bing bada boom.
Michaela Coel's stunning new series is most certainly not a family show, but if you have the stomach for gripping drama this is certainly a Must. Coel is not just a gifted writer and actor, but a brilliant humourist to boot.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction by Colson Whitehead, over ten chapters the series tells the story of Cora (Thuso Mbedu), a slave on a Georgia plantation who, after years of abuse at the hands of her ‘master’ decides to escape.