Autumn must-watch: Spell’s guide to the best TV shows this season
Hunker down, get cosy and grab all the snacks! We’ve picked out the best TV shows that make for perfect autumn viewing.
Move over Marvel, there’s a new kid on the block, literally. Dion (Ja’Siah Young) is a seven-year-old boy with superhero powers – but it’s his mum Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) who’s really the star of the show. It’s down to her to figure out how to raise her extraordinary son while grieving her dead husband Mark, played by Michael B Jordan. Adapted from his comic book, Raising Dion was written by Taiwanese-American film producer Dennis Liu, whose aim was to address the diversity issues in Hollywood. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, then how about that amazing twist!
Raising Dion is streaming now on Netflix
It’s back – and it’s all down to Drake. After the Canadian star watched the original series which was cancelled after two series, he took it upon himself to get the show revived – and here it is, with a cameo from the man himself (and doesn’t he just deserve it?!).
Season 3 of Top Boy sees us return to the mean streets of London, following drug dealer Dushane (played by Ashley Walters), and Kane 'Kano' Robinson's Sully. Reviews so far have been super starry – and it’s been called ‘more violent, more gripping and more shocking than ever’ (Guardian). It’s no wonder season 4 is already in the pipeline.
Top Boy is available now on Netflix
His Dark Materials
Missing Game of Thrones? Well, if you’re craving a fantasy fix it’s time to rejoice! His Dark Materials is about to hit our screens and fill that magic-shaped hole in your life. This time, the live action adaptation from page to screen comes courtesy of a carefully crafted series by the BBC (not that disappointing movie back in 2007).
Starring Ruth Wilson as the dangerous Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy as the imperious Lord Asriel, alongside – what we think is a bit of genius casting – Lin Manuel Miranda as adventurer Lee Scoresby, yes Alexander Hamilton himself. The lead role, meanwhile, goes to Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua. We can’t wait!
His Dark Materials premiers on 3 November on BBC One
Noughts + Crosses
The much-loved former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman is soon to find screen fame as her hugely popular 2013 YA novel Noughts + Crosses gets set to grace our TV sets. Blackman flips racism on its head by creating an alternative world in which black people are the ruling classes and white people are the slaves.
Hooked already, right? Watch how Sephy, a Cross (black), played by rising star Masali Baduza, and Cullum a Nought (white), played by Peaky Blinders star Jack Rowan enter a relationship that’s downright dangerous. What’s more, Stormzy’s going to make an appearance…
A release date is yet to be confirmed but we have a sneaky feeling it’s going to drop very, very soon. Watch this space!
Noughts + Crosses is set to air on the BBC