Another week spent in lockdown means another week with nothing to do but binge your favourite shows.
For this week’s watch-list, you won’t want to miss the latest offerings from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Walter Presents.
This week Netflix explores trippy and terrifying new ground in its vision of the future of dating in The One, while All 4 presents a grubby new bingeable Dutch thriller, Amsterdam Vice.
Need some TV inspiration for the week ahead? Fear not, we have you covered.
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible spin on the dating drama genre — yes, this is a thing — along comes another one, this time throwing cutting-edge science into the mix. Hannah Ware stars as a cool and calculating lab rat who is quick to spot the potential of matching perfect partners via their DNA, a breakthrough that turns out to have devastating side effects.
Because if you were offered the opportunity to find out who The One is for you, would you be able to resist, even if you were in a loved-up relationship already? It’s an interesting premise, though the story does meander into soapy territory at times.
Available to stream on Netflix now.
It’s the early 1980s and we’re in Amsterdam so, naturally, we open in a mucky squat with the heady whiff of hash hanging heavy in the air. That’s the scene set. What you get then is a grubby Dutch thriller — the Dutch do grubby very well — that follows the efforts of a strait-laced young cop by the name of Jurre de Cock (inexplicably corrected to Cox on the subtitles, pictured above, right) to prove he’s the nuts when it comes to cracking crime.
It’s not wildly original but you’ve got to love a show where the duty desk sergeant is a woman sporting fabulous Deirdre Barlow- style spex. Now, that’s period detail. Available now.
Love In The Time Of Corona
Kudos (said in the LA way to rhyme with ‘dose’ rather than the British ‘toss’) for riffing on Gabriel Garcia Marquez for a four-part comedy drama. And kudos too to the cast of this US effort to capture the listless ennui of quarantine as they bicker, shave each other’s legs and generally fritter time away.
It has to be said, though, that quarantine in sunny California looks way more appealing than the shivery UK. I mean, you don’t get to watch hot guys showering al fresco in Grimsby, do you? Fun but fabulously lightweight.
Available to stream on Disney Plus now.
The actual title of this sci-fi brain boggler is neXt but who has time for such upper-case-lower-case tosh? Certainly not John Slattery’s charismatic tech boss turned anti-AI prophet of doom Paul LeBlanc, whose mission in what life he’s got left — he’s got a terminal brain disease — is to sound ominous warning bells about how machines are out to destroy us.
The story’s a mess but Slattery’s as watchable as ever.
Episode one available Friday.
Man In Room 301
Following on from the excellent All The Sins, here’s another great delve into deeply dysfunctional Finnish family life, which centres on the fallout from the shooting of a toddler 12 years before.
Revenge, regret, suspicion and infidelity all muddy the waters as haunted dad Seppo (a superbly doleful Jussi Vatanen) fears the past has caught up with him.
Box set available on BBC iPlayer now.