The nights are drawing in, and with much of the UK under tighter restrictions, TV is one way we can all stay connected over the long weeks ahead. Thankfully, broadcasters are pulling out the stops with a whole host of new shows to entertain us. Take a look at what’s on our watch list for November.
His Dark Materials, 9:00pm, BBC One, Sunday 8 November
His Dark Materials stunned audiences when it aired last year, so the new series couldn't have come at a better time. Based on the second book in the trilogy, The Subtle Knife, we are expecting to see the relationship between Will and Lyra unfold as they explore different universes together. Andrew Scott has also joined the cast, so along with Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda, it is a stellar line up.
Industry, 9:15pm, BBC Two, Tuesday 10 November
Directed by Lena Dunham, Industry follows a group of young graduates competing for permanent positions at a top investment bank where boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs, and ego as it is by deals and dividends. As members of the group rise and fall, they must decide whether life is about more than the bottom line.
Small Axe, BBC One, Sunday 15 November
Directed by Academy Award winner Steve McQueen, Small Axe is a series of films that will air weekly from the 15th November, starting with ‘Mangrove’. Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a story involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination. Even though this collection of films is set some decades ago, the stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time. Small Axe is a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and even food; each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism for 2020.
I’m a Celeb… Get Me Out of Here!, 9:00pm, ITV, Sunday 15 November
With the usual format in the Australian jungle unable to go ahead this year, celebs are headed to a ruined castle in the Welsh countryside instead. They will still have to undertake gruelling trials and fun filled challenges to win food and treats in the lead up to one of the being crowned, for the first time ever, King or Queen of the Castle. The line up has not been officially announced, but with rumours flying around that Christine (aka Queen of Selling Sunset) may be one of the lucky celebs, we can’t wait to find out.
Don’t Rock the Boat, Mondays, 9:00pm, ITV
Now, if you are in need of some light entertainment, Don’t Rock the Boat sees 12 celebrities compete to row the entire length of Britain. Presented by Freddie Flintoff and AJ Odudu, Don’t Rock the Boat is a fun heart-warming adventure.
The Voice Finals, ITV, Saturday 7 November, 8:45pm
Fans of The Voice have been waiting for months, and the series is finally back on air, returning with a bang, as the nine remaining acts must battle it out to reach the finals.