Television Picks of the Week – 19/10/20
by Alison Traynor
From fresh remakes of old classics to in-depth documentary series, there are plenty of televised treats in store this week. Rest assured that the following recommendations are the best of the best; they come straight from No More Workhorse’s mouth after all!
On October 21, the eagerly-anticipated remake of Rebecca will finally drop on Netflix. Directed by Ben Wheatley and starring Armie Hammer, Lily James and Kristen Scott Thomas, the release of this film is just the boost that we need as the weather grows colder and COVID-19 restrictions tighten. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s incredible novel of the same name, Rebecca follows the newly married Mrs de Winter as she struggles to overcome the ghosts of her new husband’s past.
The news that true crime obsessives far and wide have been waiting for is here, for the second volume of Unsolved Mysteries is due to be released on Netflix on October 19. The popular documentary series does exactly what it says on the tin, using interviews and reenactments to explore some of the strangest mysteries of all time. From seemingly supernatural occurrences to baffling crimes, Unsolved Mysteries encourages viewers to get involved and put their detective skills to good use.
The Queen’s Gambit
The Queen’s Gambit is a new Netflix miniseries starring Anya Taylor-Joy which will premiere on October 23. Scott Frank’s show tells the story of orphaned chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she endeavours to earn the title of Grandmaster during the Cold War era. Despite her talent, mental illness and addiction soon take over her life, jeopardising all that she has strived for. Never before has chess looked so dramatic.