Whats On: FOX SHOWCASE in November
November is here and that means a stack of new content is too! Here are some of the shows on FOX SHOWCASE that you shouldn’t miss this month…..
Based on author Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the series has been picked up for two seasons and features a
stunning ensemble cast lead by Ruth Wilson (Golden Globe winner for The Affair), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winner for the musical Hamilton) and James McAvoy (Golden Globe nominee for Atonement).
The first 8-episode season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, which leads to a quest in understanding a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
Keen is joined by McAvoy as Lyra’s Uncle Asriel; Wilson as socialite Mrs Coulter; and Miranda as the adventurer Lee Scoresby.
The series also boasts a stellar supporting cast including Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell and James Cosmo. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) has adapted the novels for television, with the first two episodes directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).
Watch Tuesdays 8:30pm AEDT or On Demand
Oscar-winner Helen Mirren stars in the miniseries as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama will follow the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin that helped shape the future of Russian politics.
Watch Sundays 7:30pm AEDT or On Demand
At the far edges of the Roman Empire lies a land of powerful Druids and warrior queens – Britannia. And the Romans are here and set to stay.
Two years on from invading Britannia, General Aulus (David Morrissey) is romanising willing Celt tribes with the help of Celtic Queen Amena (Annabel Scholey), crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical.
The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when the dead man wakes, two Druid brothers – Veran (Mackenzie Crook) and Harka (Mackenzie Crook) begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy.
The series also sees Australian actress Liana Cornell return as Ania. Living with the Druids, Ania is thriving. She is learning fast and her ability to look after her child while she learns and practices, impresses all.
Watch from November 12 9:30pm AEDT or On Demand
HBO Documentary: Very Ralph
The feature-length documentary is being touted as the first ever documentary portrait of the 79-year-old fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Very Ralph will be directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy—who previously shot Jane Fonda in Five Acts and Spielberg—and will feature rare archival footage, as well as intimate interviews with Lauren’s family and long-standing colleagues: Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, André Leon Talley, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg and Naomi Campbell
Watch November 13 8:30pm AEDT or On Demand
Featuring a star-studded cast including Oscar winners Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Louis Gosset Jr. and celebrated actors Frances Fisher and Don Johnson, Watchmen is based on one of most the iconic graphic novels of all time and is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws.
Written and executive produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) and directed by Nicole Kassell (Westworld, The Leftovers), the 9-part series embraces the nostalgia of the original ground-breaking graphic novel of the same name, while setting out to break new ground of its own. Nine Inch Nails musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have created the original music for the series.
Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros Television. It is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.
Watch Mondays 8:30pm AEDT On Demand
The second season stars Lizzy Caplan as a younger version of Annie Wilkes, who was played by Kathy Bates in the 1990 film Misery, which featured Bates as a former nurse and crazed fan of James Caan’s novelist, Paul Sheldon.
In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when Wilkes gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Stephen King alum Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) will also star with Elsie Fisher, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi and Matthew Alan. Robbins will play another notable King character in Reginald “Pop” Merrill, from King’s 1990 novella The Sun Dog.
The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family. John “Ace” Merrill is taking over his uncle’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. Paul Sparks will play “Ace,” another legendary King character, portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland in Stand By Me. During the first season, it was revealed that Shawshank State Penitentiary (The Shawshank Redemption) is located nearby.
Watch Thursdays 7:30pm AEDT or On Demand
The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. It is a tale of humankind and there are more stories to tell. It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organising themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
Watch Mondays 1pm AEDT (2pm from November 4) or On Demand
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