The Punisher is the latest addition to the Marvel television portfolio and follows veteran Frank Castle as he becomes a vigilante avenging the murder of his family. While The Punisher has existed in the Marvel Universe since the 1970s, we’ve glimpsed Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) as Castle in season two of Daredevil, with fans reacting positively to Bernthal in the role. As well as angry vengeance, we can expect The Punisher to tackle some controversial issues, perhaps veterans or gun ownership. It’s yet another Marvel show that has fans excited so expect it to drop this month on Netflix.
Last season saw Ivar killing his brother Sigurd, so it is fitting that season five will begin with Sigurd’s funeral as Ivar begins to assert his leadership over the Great Heathen Army. And while we have all been puzzling over why Ivar decided to murder Sigurd in the first place, rest assured that all will be revealed. Meanwhile, Heahmund (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) will prove to be a menacing threat to the Vikings, while Bjorn heads to the Meditteranean Sea and Lagertha continues her reign as Queen of Kattegat. Season five will air on the History Channel and Amazon Prime this month.
Fresh from the critical success of another Margaret Atwood adaptation, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, we will be treated to this mini-series on 3 November on Netflix. A Victorian murder mystery set in Canada, this is based on the true story of Irish immigrant Grace Marks who was convicted of the murder of her master and mistress. However, as Grace tells her story to Dr. Simon Jordan, he tries to discern if Grace is insane or innocent. Directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), this is guaranteed to become a show that has us all debating at the water cooler.
The final, seventh, season has arrived and I’m afraid that it doesn’t look like the show will end on a particularly happy note. Picking up one hundred days into Mellie’s first term as president, we will see Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) joining the cast but it remains to be seen if he will be a friend or a foe to Mellie’s presidency. Olivia is doing all that she can to maintain her current level of power but this may not always be done morally. As the old adage goes “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, but it does make for some damn good TV. Tune in this month on Sky Atlantic.
Premiering on Sky1 on 8 November, comedy Sick Note follows the story of an unhappy, habitual liar as he is diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. In the leading role is Rupert Grint (“Harry Potter” series), with Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead”) co-starring, and Grint’s character Daniel begins to be treated with the attention and respect that he had never received before. Sky are obviously excited about this show as they have already commissioned a second season, which will also see Lindsay Lohan joining the cast. The world always needs dark, edgy comedies and it looks like this one won’t disappoint.
Joining the growing numbers of impressive European dramas appearing on our screens comes this German crime story based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher. Set in 1920s, we follow the story of police inspector Gereon Rath as he investigates a porn ring run by the city’s gangs. As the economy begins to fail and right-wing extremists gain prominence, the backdrop to this story provides a wealth of drama and gravity to the story. With a massive budget and lush cabaret-style sets, this is certainly a very promising, gripping show. Airing on Sky Atlantic, this is a can’t-miss show.
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