THE BIG FLOWER FIGHT (NETFLIX)
This new reality series attempts to transplant the successful British Bake Off format to the world of floral design. Ten teams of two from around the globe have been gathered together in a giant dome in the English countryside for some serious “avant gardening”.
Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou host, while sole regular judge, florist-to-the-stars Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, hogs the limelight.
Luke Cage‘s Mike Colter plays a former journalist studying to be a Catholic Priest in this new series from the creators of The Good Wife. His character teams up with a skeptical forensic psychologist (Westworld‘s Katja Herbers) to investigate supposed supernatural incidents.
“Offering thoughtful debates about religion and more, Evil could be a new kind of TV animal: the philosophical procedural,” wrote Entertainment Weekly‘s Kristen Baldwin.
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FLACK (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
New Zealand’s own Anna Paquin returns to headline the second season of this darkly dramedy about a sharp and witty PR agent who’s an expert at her craft, but a complete self-saboteur when it comes to her personal life. Joining the cast this season are Lost’s Daniel Dae-Kim and Paquin’s co-star from The Piano, Sam Neill.
“It rises above most drama-comedies by the means of the occasional, carefully rationed, impassioned monologue. The best underhyped thing on the box, wrote The Guardian’s Euan Ferguson. Debuts here at midday on June 1.
THE GREAT (NEON)
Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult star in a look at the reigns of Russia’s Peter and Catherine the Great that’s a very different pot of borscht to last year’s serio-political Helen Mirren drama. This is a black comedic romp, very much in the same vein as writer Tony McNamara’s Bafta-winning The Favourite.
Yes, not only does it share a similar 18th-century setting, rabbit-loving monarch and bedroom antics, but it also possesses the same sharp wit and bawdy humour that made McNamara and Deborah Davis’ look at Queen Anne’s court such a hit with audiences.
Anna Paquin is back with more Flack – on TVNZ OnDemand from June 1.
HOMECOMING (AMAZON PRIME VIDEO)
Janelle Monae replaces Julia Roberts as the focal point for this second season of this psychological thriller based on the hit podcast of the same name. Her character wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there – or even who she is. The series also stars Chris Cooper and Joan Cusack.
“Builds to a shocking and satisfying finale that you’re not likely ever to forget,” wrote TV Insider’s Matt Roush.
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (NEON)
Star of Spotlight, Dark Waters and Thor: Ragnarok, Mark Ruffalo pulls double duty to tremendous effect in the haunting, harrowing six-part adaptation of Wally Lamb’s much loved 1998 novel. It’s the story of twin brothers Dominic and Thomas Birdsey, who were born both six minutes and a decade apart.
The latter makes headlines again 40 years later, when he lops off a limb as a sacrifice at the Three River Public Library. Troubled by events in Kuwait – and his own paranoid schizophrenia – he’s decided it’s the only way to prevent a global crisis.
Hot on the heels of Bong-Joon Ho’s Oscar haul for Parasite comes this small-screen adaptation of one of his earlier movies. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs headline this 10-part show which focuses on the inhabitants of a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the frozen wasteland that is all that remains of our world.
“A soapy, ambitious sci-fi season that takes big swings and follows through, engaging with not just class struggle but also leadership, loyalty, compromise, and coalition,” wrote Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya.
TRIAL BY MEDIA (NETFLIX)
Six-part documentary series which looks at some of the most dramatic and memorable real-life courtroom dramas in recent history. It aims to explore the many ways in which the press have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during or after a trial.
“It’s a heartbreaker, with a genuine sense of uncovering and pointing to a terrible wrong,” wrote The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle.