October TV: Esquire's Pick Of The Best

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1 | THE TUNNEL
We loved the moody Nordic original, and now The Bridge is set to get an English- language make- over as The Tunnel. Loosely based on the original, Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Clémence Poésy (Birdsong), head the Anglo-French cast of The Tunnel which sees them sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries when a French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France. And yes, you’ve guessed it, not all is as it seems…

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Sky Atlantic HD, October

 

2 | THE WRONG MANS
This is the future of TV. As with Arrested Development and House of Cards, this co-production between the BBC and Hulu will stream exclusively on the latter stateside, and air on BBC2 in the UK. The brainchild of James Corden and Matthew Baynton, who also star in it, this comedy/thriller follows two regular office workers who, unbeknown to them, get caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Baynton bills it as a British Coen Brothers-like caper, and it’s glossy wide-lensed exterior draws comparisons to big US productions.

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BBC Two, October

 

3 | LEGACY
This 90-mins TV film boasts a screenplay by award-winning writer Paula Milne (The Politician’s Husband, Endgame) and is directed by BAFTA award-winning Pete Travis (Endgame). It tells the compelling story of a young spy (Charlie Cox, Boardwalk Empire), who unravels the unsettling truth about his father’s complex past. A gripping espionage thriller, set during the height of the Cold War in Seventies London.

BBC Two, October

4 | HELLO LADIES
The new sitcom from the multi-award winning comic writer Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras) about a gawky Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in LA. Merchant takes on the lead role, which he proclaims is semi-autobiographical. We watch (and cringe) as he attempts to infiltrate the beautiful people of Hollywood.

Sky Atlantic, October

5 | DRACULA
The vampire fascination continues (a new feature film is also in development), as Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors) arrives in London impersonating an American entrepreneur maintaining that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In fact, he’s there to wreak revenge on those who ruined his life centuries earlier, but is thrown when he falls for a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Like sex, horror and period drama? This is for you.

Sky Living, October

6 | THE ESCAPE ARTIST
An original three-part suspense thriller set in the world of criminal law. Will Burton (David Tennant), a maverick junior barrister, has earned the nickname “The Escape Artist” due to his skill of prising people out of tight legal corners. He’s the best in his field and has never lost a case, however, when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results.

BBC One, October

 

7 | MASTERS OF SEX
This new series comes from Showtime, the network that bought us Homeland and Dexter. It follows the unusual lives of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virgina Johnson (Lizzy Caplan); real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. It chronicles their remarkable journey from small Midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine via multiple appearances on Johnny Carson.

Channel 4, October