Years and Years – A Terrifying Look at a Not Too Distant Future

Years and Years is a six-part dystopian drama TV series created by Russell T. Davies, who resurrected Doctor Who and created Queer as Folk and A Very English Scandal.

I’ve only watched one episode but I was completely gripped and it left my head spinning. From what I’ve read though, the series has been well received so I’m willing to hail it early on as a Very Good Thing.

It centres around a Manchester family as they navigate rapid technological advances and the fallout of political instability, with each episode propelling them into the future.

Given the role technology plays in it, comparisons to Black Mirror are inevitable. Just watch this scene where ‘trans’ takes on a whole new meaning.

Years and Years stars Emma Thompson and is a joint HBO and BBC production.

Watch it now on SBS On Demand for free or on HBO and iTunes.

Watch the trailer.

HBO’s Succession – The Most Unlikeable Family on TV Makes for the Year’s Best Viewing

HBO’s brilliant family comedic drama, Succession, tracks the lives of the Roy family, who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. When their ageing father’s health plummets, chaos ensues as the family grapple with what the future holds.

It’s brilliantly cast, with Australia’s Sarah Snook playing the only daughter, Shiv. She and her three brothers are insanely rich and ruthless, with a serious sense of entitlement. Roman Roy, the youngest brother (played by Kieran Culkin), is possibly the most cringe-worthy character on TV.

Watch the trailer for season 1.

Read The Guardian‘s review of Succession.

Season 1 has 10 episodes available to watch now on HBO.com

I’m already excited for season 2, which is set to return to screens in June, 2019.

 

The Night Of – A Crime Drama TV Series from HBO

Yet another high-quality series from HBO. They rarely put a foot wrong. The Night Of is an eight-part series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused (played brilliantly by Riz Ahmed) awaits his trial. It’s based on the BBC’s Criminal Justice. I’m only up to episode 2 and it’s already a seriously tense and addictive watch. Perfect casting and a potential community service announcement for sweet naive young men that are tempted by the beautiful yet troubled young woman. View the trailer. Get the series from iTunes or stream via Foxtel or HBO.

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