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As the days shorten and temperatures drop, here are seven good reasons to stay indoors and get cosy on the couch. By Deirdre Reynolds

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The fourth series of The Crown brings us up to the1980s

The fourth series of The Crown brings us up to the1980s

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The fourth series of The Crown brings us up to the1980s

Winter is coming, as a famous a TV show once said, and so too is a new slew of telly to view.

Cocooning at home is practically the law this snuggle-down season, and as studios’ last pre-lockdown productions finally reach small screens, we’re not complaining.

From Oscar-worthy TV movies to Marvel-ous superhero spin-offs, here are the best new binges for all those curl-up-on-thecouch days ahead

 

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1. Black Narcissus

Bless us, Father, for we have sinned - though not as much as Gemma Arterton would like to as Sr Clodagh in this wicked three-part drama coming to BBC One. Based on Rumer Godden's 1939 novel, later turned into an Oscar-winning film, it tells the story of a young nun who heads a remote mission to the Himalayas, but soon finds her own faith tested by a swoony land agent.

Also starring Irish actress Aisling Franciosi as the repressed Sr Ruth, it's sure to have 'mass' appeal when it airs here in December.

 

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2. Industry

Wall Street meets Girls in Lena Dunham's eight-part drama about a group of college graduates battling it out for permanency at a top London banking firm.

Set in the wake of the 2008 crash, it stars Antrim lad Conor MacNeill as one of the young suits, who work hard and play even harder. Will we be hooked after it kicks off on BBC Two tomorrow night? You can bank on it.

 

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3. THE CROWN

Wrapped just before lockdown in March, the much-hyped fourth season of Peter Morgan's royal saga brings us right up to the Buckingham Palace of the eighties.

Some pretty genius casting sees Gillian Anderson wig it up at Margaret Thatcher opposite Olivia Colman's Queen Elizabeth II.

But it's Emma Corrin's doe-eyed turn as Lady Diana Spencer that is sure to be the jewel in The Crown, out next Sunday on Netflix.

 

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4. WANDAVISION

Marvel fans will be walking in a winter Wanda-land when the studio's first Disney+ series drops on 27 November.

Set after 2019's Avengers: Endgame, the superhero spin-off reunites Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), with the plot reportedly tying in with the upcoming Doctor Strange movie sequel.

Bosses have described the six-parter as a "mega event series" - and we're mega-excited to see it.

 

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5. YOUR HONOR

Bryan Cranston is at his growly best in the teaser for this ten-part thriller about a respected New Orleans magistrate whose teenage son is involved in a hit-and-run impacting a local crime boss.

Judge for yourself when the adaptation of 2017 Israeli series Kvodo comes to Sky Atlantic shortly after its US premiere next month.

 

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6. BRIDGERTON

Netflix gifts its long-awaited adaptation of Julia Quinn's book series to viewers this Christmas Day.

The historical rom-com is Shonda Rhimes' first offering since striking a $150m deal with the streamer. And, with smashes like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal already to her name, it's unlikely to be a turkey.

The icing on the Christmas cake is that it stars our own Nicola Coughlan as love-lorn Penelope Featherington.

 

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7. SMALL AXE

Based on the real-life experiences of London's West Indian community between 1969 and 1982, Oscar-winner Steve McQueen's critically-lauded five-film anthology, airing weekly on BBC One, starts next Sunday with Mangrove.

But it's the eagerly awaited final film, Red, White and Blue, starring John Boyega as an activist policeman in his first post-Star Wars role that's really got us axe-cited.

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