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TV picks: True crime

The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Tiger King (Credit: BBC and Netflix)

Here are our top picks.

 

The Central Park Five 

Amazon Prime

This documentary examines the case of The Central Park Five, which was recently turned into a Netflix drama miniseries called When They See Us.

The shocking and heartbreaking documentary tells the story of a 28-year-old white female jogger, Trisha Meili, who was beaten, raped and left for dead in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

Five young black and Latino boys aged 14-16 years old were accused and convicted of the crime.

Disney+ steps in for families

When Disney announced that its eagerly awaited streaming service, Disney+, would launch in the UK and Western Europe in March no one knew that the service’s debut would coincide with a global pandemic keeping millions of people at home.

“With much of the UK looking for entertainment while they are stuck at home, Disney+ is likely to be a big hit,” said Shiv Pabari, director of media and entertainment at Simon-Kucher & Partners. “Families, in particular, will be excited by the content offered.”

Netflix confirms sixth series of Queer Eye

From left:  PICTURED Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown (Credit: Christopher Smith/Netflix)

Each of the gang have their own area of makeover expertise, Jonathan Van Ness is in charge of grooming; Tan France, fashion; Karamo Brown, culture; Antoni Porowski, food and wine, and Bobby Berk focuses on interior design.

Series six will see the five head to Texas – with a base in Austin – to “scour the prairie in a search for a whole new roster of heroes in need of a little TLC."

The five haven’t just showcased their talents in the US, a special spin off series saw them travel to Japan to spread some self-love and unleash their makeover skills.

Ear Candy: Because I Watched...

Bobby Berk (Credit: Bobby Berk)

Whether it’s the spike in sales of canned Marks & Spencer gin and tonic or Google searches of priests – both inspired by season two of Fleabag – never underestimate TV’s power to influence people’s behaviour. Yet, sometimes, it is the smallest detail of a TV series that can effect a change in someone’s life.

Joining Netflix’s host of original podcasts, storytelling series Because I Watched looks back through the screen of the latest binge-watch and into the lives of viewers at home.

Netflix releases Love Is Blind Reunion teaser

Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton (Credit: Netflix)

Described as a dating show with a difference, it sees a group of single men date a group of single women, but the twist comes in that they are only allowed to talk to each other in special pods that prevent them from seeing what the other person looks like.

This tests if they can form a strong emotional connection before a physical connection is made.

The couples who fall in love then get within the first ten days and only then do they get to see their fiancé for the first time.

Netflix renews Top Boy for another series

Accompanying the announcement was a picture of the screenplay for the first episode entitled ‘Killing No Murder’, written by Ronan Bennett.

It will technically be the fourth series after the first two were billed as Top Boy: Summerhouse when Netflix revived the franchise last year.

Netflix also confirmed that Dushane (Ashley Walters), Sully (Kane Robinson), Jamie (Michael Ward) and Shelley (Simbi Ajikawo, better known as Little Simz) will all return.

Netflix confirms return of Stranger Things character for series four

The 80s-inspired sci-fi series garnered widespread admiration when it first appeared in 2016 and has since become one of Netflix’s most watched programmes.

The third series saw Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Hopper uncover the secret Russian network hidden below Hawkins’ Starcourt Mall, with the help of the ‘Scoop Troops’ Steve (Joe Keery), Robin (Maya Hawke), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Erica (Priah Ferguson).  

Netflix's Sex Education is not only for the young

Gillian Anderson (Credit: Netflix)

Few series by the streamers have made as much noise as Netflix’s Sex Education, which brings the genre of the US high-school teen drama to the UK – and adds plenty of gauche sex.

The global giant released the second season of the comedy-drama in January. A few days earlier, the first episode was premiered at a joint RTS Cymru Wales/Bafta Cymru event in Cardiff.