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Valeria

Netflix

Valeria (Diana Gómez) seems to have it all figured out, she has a book deal, a great group of friends and is seemingly happily married.

But a closer look at Valeria’s life shows problems with writer’s block and a magnetic spark with a man who’s not her husband.

Meet rising star Lily Newmark

Lily Newmark (Credit: Netflix)

Lily Newmark is increasingly hard to miss on screen, dividing her time between TV – Sex Education, Temple and Les Misérables – and UK film – Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked, the critically acclaimed Pin Cushion and Misbehaviour, set during the 1970 Miss World competition. She even had a blink-and-you-miss-it role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Netflix reveals the trailer for the final series of 13 Reasons Why

L to R: Brandon Flynn, Dylan Minnette, Grace Saif and Alisha Boe (Credit: David Moir/Netflix)

The show was initially inspired by the novel of the same name by Jay Asher and focused on the suicide of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who created tapes detailling the 13 reasons why she killed herself.

Series three ended with the shocking death of Monty (Timothy Granaderos), who was in prison following his sexual assault of Tyler (Devin Druid).

So far it is not known how Monty died, but he was used as a scapegoat to take the blame for the death of Bryce (Justin Prentice), but the truth of his innocence may not stay hidden.

Micheal Ward on Top Boy, going global and working with Steve McQueen

“[Top Boy] came out in September. Before that, no one knew who I was,” says Ward.

Flashforward a mere six months and Ward, the breakout star of Netflix’s London crime drama, is nominated alongside the illustrious actors Stephen Graham (The Virtues) and Jared Harris (Chernobyl) for an RTS Programme Award.

Everything you need to know about After Life series two

Ricky Gervais and Kerry Godliman (Credit: Ray Burmiston/ Netflix)

What happened in series one?

Series one introduced journalist Tony (Ricky Gervais), a man whose life is turned upside down when his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) dies from breast cancer.

Overtaken by grief and unable to move on, Tony considers suicide but instead decides to live a life doing and saying whatever he wants, regardless of who he offends.

Talking to his therapist, he remarks that a good day for him is "when he doesn’t want to shoot random strangers and then turn the gun on himself”.

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.”