What’s in: new TV and film releases for September
Pinch, punch, etc. Let's kick off the new month (and avoid the rapidly-dropping thermostat) with a slew of new TV shows and films to watch, shall we?
Lethal White (BBC iPlayer)
JK Rowling’s will-they-won’t-they crime-fighting couple Strike and Robin return to the BBC for the first time in over two years with Lethal White, in which they investigate a murder on the Uffington White Horse (my neck of the woods, then!). Catch up on the bank holiday episodes on BBC iPlayer in preparation for episode three, out on Sunday 6 September.
Two Weeks to Live (Sky One, 2 September)
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams swaps her bow and arrow for guns in this Sky Original dark comedy – what would Ned say? Williams plays 16-year-old Kim, who after being raised in total rural seclusion by Fleabag‘s Sian Clifford heads out in the world to achieve her bucket list, which includes items such as ‘go to a pub,’ ‘eat candy floss’, and, er, ‘avenge dad’s death’.
Love, Guaranteed (Netflix, 3 September)
If you’re looking for a new cheesy rom-com to add to your list, then try this Netflix original on for size. Love, Guaranteed stars Rachel Leigh Cook as Susan, a scrappy, down-on-her-luck lawyer who takes on a charming client (played by New Girl‘s Damon Wayans Jr.) suing a dating site for not finding him love. Good, predictable fun.
Away (Netflix, 4 September)
I know we could all use a little time away from the family, Hilary, but a three-year mission to Mars seems a little rash! That’s the premise of new Netflix original series Away, a sci-fi-meets-family-drama starring Hilary Swank as ultimate working mum, astronaut Emma Green and The Good Wife‘s Josh Charles as husband Matt raising their teenage daughter at home. A surprise weepy.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix, 4 September)
Fans of the straightforward should skip this so-called ‘metaphysical thriller’, based on the novel by Iain Reid and adapted by Oscar-winning writer-director Charlie Kaufman (who you’ll know from other head-scratchers such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich). Jessie Buckley stars as a Young Woman (seriously, that’s how she’s credited) taking a mind-bending road trip with a new boyfriend to meet his parents, played by Toni Colette and David Thewlis – weirdness abounds.
The Boys, Season 2 (Amazon Prime, 4 September)
After its super popular debut season, bonkers gore-fest The Boys is back in town (sorry). Amazon Prime’s R-rated take on superheroes gone wrong features a stellar cast, with Karl Urban as ex-CIA agent Billy Butcher, Antony Starr as creepy, superpowered villain Homelander and new girl Aya Cash joining as Stormfront, a social-media-savvy superhero with lightning powers.
Mulan (Disney+, 4 September)
After the C-word put paid to its cinema release, Disney’s latest live-action remake is launching directly onto the Disney+ streaming service this September. You’ll have to pay £19.99 on top of your subscription fee for the privilege (which, depending on how many kids you have, is cheaper than most cinema outings anyway!) or you can wait for its general release in December.
The Good Liar (Sky Cinema, 4 September)
More British treasures than you can shake a stick at in this 2019 thriller. Ian McKellen plays cold and calculating con man Roy, who sets his sights on recently widowed millionaire Betty, played by Helen Mirren (much to her grandson Russell Tovey’s consternation). Downton‘s Jim Carter also shows up as Roy’s super-smooth partner-in-crime, Vincent.
Black and Blue (Sky Cinema, 5 September)
This hard-hitting thriller starring Naomie Harris takes on even more significance in 2020, post-George Floyd’s death, as it tells the story of a young policewoman hunted by cops and criminals alike for capturing the unlawful murder of a drug dealer on her body cam.