Television Picks of the Week – 05/10/20
by Alison Traynor
You might not have noticed as 2020 has been a perpetual horror show, but spooky season is officially here! Although Halloween costumes must now be mask-inclusive, there’s still plenty to enjoy around this time of year. If you are looking for something scary to watch, No More Workhorse has some stellar recommendations to get you in the mood for all things Halloween. Oh, and we’ve thrown some David Attenborough onto our list for good measure. We are not implying that he is frightening, it’s just the dissolution of planet earth that gives us the chills.
The Haunting of Bly Manor
’Tis the season to give yourself some horrifying nightmares, hence the arrival of The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix on October 9. This eagerly anticipated series was created by the team behind the hugely successful 2018 adaption of The Haunting of Hill House. The Haunting of Bly Manor is loosely based on Henry James’ brilliant 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. The story follows a governess who is hired by a mysterious man to take care of his niece and nephew. Spending her days on the grounds of his enormous country estate, however, she comes to learn that it is not just the children whom she shares her new home with…
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Ah, David Attenborough. What can you say about this man? He is an icon, an irreproachable sweetheart, a philanthropist, and seemingly immortal. We should all be thankful that he is back, with his latest offering David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet having arrived on Netflix on October 4. At the ripe old age of 94, the beloved natural historian recounts his lengthy career and the way in which our planet has changed throughout his lifetime. Unsurprisingly, it makes for poignant and utterly depressing watching, but it articulates the things that we all need to acknowledge at this time of environmental crisis.
On October 9 at 11.10pm, Film4 is showing an old school horror classic in the shape of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film Carrie, which is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. If you haven’t seen Carrie, you must, and if you have, you should definitely watch it again. Standing head and shoulders (and ankles) above that unfortunate 2013 remake, Carrie is a creepy and uncomfortable watch, but it is so worth the heart palpitations that come along with it. Sissy Spacek shines as the titular character, a bullied 16-year-old with telekinetic powers that she puts to good use on prom night. Simply put, it is the perfect way to kickstart your October!