The Grand Tour
The inimitable trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May return for a second run of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. Released in weekly instalments, we can expect the usual hi-jinks as well as the real-life drama that unfolded when Richard Hammond suffered a serious accident while filming in the Swiss Alps. This season will see the three men travel to Spain, Dubai, New York and Mozambique and they’ll be trying out cars such as the Bugatti Chiron, as well as motorbikes and a whole host of other vehicles. Check it out when it premieres on 8 December.
The Netflix show chronicling the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is returning on 8 December. Picking up where the first season ended, season two covers the period between 1955 and 1964 in which England fights an illegal war in Egypt and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigns amidst scandal. Along with the usual cast, this season sees Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) joining as U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and Jodi Balfour (“Quarry”) as First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Princess Margaret will become embroiled with photographer Lord Snowden, who will be played by Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode. Peter Morgan has once again written this season, with Stephen Daldry also returning as director so expect the quality to remain royally exquisite.
While Netflix is yet to announce a date, there are strong rumours that we can expect the fourth season of Black Mirror to drop in December. The brainchild of Charlie Brooker, the dystopian anthology series will bring us more unnerving commentaries on technology and human relationships. This season has an episode directed by Jodie Foster, while another stars Fargo’s Jesse Plemons. Black Mirror has proven to be one of the cleverest shows to grace our screens in recent years and it looks as though this new season will be upping the ante. This show, as always, is a must watch.
The man behind Family Guy, Seth McFarlane, is treating us to a new show starting on FOX UK on 14 December. A sci-fi comedy drama, it is about the adventures of the Orville which is part of Earth’s interstellar fleet. With challenges facing the crew from both inside and outside the ship, McFarlane’s signature satirical slant will surely add some giggles to the cosmic travels. A second season has already been commissioned so get settled in and enjoy the spacey madness.
Peter Capaldi is stepping into Doctor Who’s shoes to save the universe for the final time in this Christmas special. Capaldi will be joined by David Bradley (“Harry Potter” series) who is reviving the role of the first Doctor, and together the two Time Lords are teaming up in a story set during World War One. This episode will also see Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate into the new Doctor, being played by Jodie Whittaker, so it really is a can’t-miss episode. Tune into BBC One on Christmas Day for the time-jumping action.
Ratburger is the adaptation of David Walliams’ successful children’s book about a little girl called Zoe and her pet rat Armitage. Zoe has to protect Armitage from her wicked stepmother and the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers, who is keen to cook the rat into his burgers. Starring Walliams as the conniving Burt and co-starring BAFTA-winning actress Sheridan Smith as the stepmother, this should provide plenty of entertainment for all of the family as you digest the Christmas pudding. Check it out on Sky1.
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