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The Lord of the Rings- The Rings of Power

The much-anticipated and absurdly expensive prequel to Peter Jackson’s Tolkien big-screen adaptations is finally here. It’s exactly what you’d expect- beautifully directed and utterly faithful to the film’s tone and pacing. The eight-part series begins in an era of relative peace in Middle-earth, where Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is the only elf able to envision the brutal future that lurks a few millennia later. The elves have grown complacent in the face of the orc threat, but haunted by her brother’s fate – particularly the mark on his hand – Galadriel embarks on a lonely quest to find Sauron’s servant. An autumn full of fantasy awaits you. Phillip Harrison
Prime Video, starting Friday, September 2nd

House Hammer

Casey Hammer.
Casey Hammer.

When an Instagram account began revealing abuse allegations against Armie Hammer in early 2021, the actor dismissed them as trolling. But those whispers have grown louder, describing threats of rape and even desire for cannibalism. While Hammer denies these allegations, this three-part series hears testimonies from two of his alleged victims, Courtney Vucekovich and Julia Morrison. But this is just the beginning. Hammer’s aunt Casey Hammer turns it into a dark exhibition about a dysfunctional family. Whatever the truth about Armie, his family has a dark history of abuse. promotion
Discovery+, starting Friday 2 September

Untold- Operation Flagrant Foul

Tim Donaghy.
Tim Donaghy. Photo- Netflix

“I said to myself, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this.’ But we won.” That’s the dilemma for anyone who succumbs to greed, makes a wrong move, and then doesn’t find the strength to stop. Tim Donaghy grew up obsessing over basketball. He became an NBA referee. So how did he end up ruining his own reputation and lining the pockets of New York’s crime families by using his inside knowledge to place bets on games he umpired? This sensational documentary features interviews with officers, lawyers, co-conspirators and Donaghy himself. promotion
Netflix, starting Tuesday, August 30

Out of trouble

Tiphaine Daviot and Manon Azem in Off the Hook.
Tiphaine Daviot and Manon Azem in Off the Hook. Photo- Marie Genin

“You are like a huge message. You show up without warning.” Once you’ve started seeing your friends through the prism of social media functions, it’s time for a break from the internet. But what chance does anyone have in a world where online life and reality have become inseparable? This French comedy stars Manon Azem and Tiphaine Daviot as Léa and Manon, roommates who, after breaking up, realize how toxic their smartphone use is and decide to detox. It’s not the most original premise, but many of us will relate to something here. promotion
Netflix, starting Thursday, September 1st

The great adventure of the Slow Mo boys

Gav and Dan in the Slow Mo Boys' Great Adventure.
Gav and Dan in the Slow Mo Boys’ Great Adventure. Photo- Sky UK

Many adults will recognize the Slow Mo Guys from their hugely successful YouTube videos. You’re essentially conducting the kind of experiments kids (and pre-grown kids) would attempt if they had unlimited resources and an extremely powerful camera. For example, if you’ve ever wondered how many panes of glass a bullet will pierce before it runs out of energy, then Gav and Dan are your men. For this series, they will apply their expertise to various explosive moments in history, from the Wild West to the Viking invasions. promotion
Sky Kids, from Thursday 1 September

The Devil in Ohio

Madeleine Arthur in The Devil in Ohio.
Madeleine Arthur in The Devil in Ohio. Photo- Netflix

Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Daria Polatin – which was worryingly inspired by true events – here’s a horror that certainly won’t win Emmys, but is likely to find large audiences looking for chilling thrills. It follows psychiatrist and mother-of-two Suzanne Mathis (Emily Deschanel) and her patient Mae (Madeleine Arthur), who has just escaped from a cult. Suzanne decides to take Mae home, but when the new guest at the family table says mercy to the devil, it’s clear that strange events are about to happen. Hollie Richardson
Netflix, starting Friday, September 2nd

Dated & related

Dymon & Devon on Dating & Related.
Dymon & Devon on Dating & Related. Photo- Netflix

This new dating show concept probably isn’t what the title suggests – although with the way TV ideas see this space come… But the next 10 episodes are still pretty bizarre. Siblings “support” each other in their love search in a French villa, going on double dates, researching potential matches, and sometimes awkwardly watching their brother or sister flirt and snooze. “Why would anyone do that?” asks presenter Melinda Berry (of Too Hot to Handle). The only obvious answer is the $100,000 prize on offer. MR
Netflix, starting Friday, September 2nd

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