the top seven streaming shows this week

the top seven streaming shows this week

Choice of the week

Andor

The Star Wars universe expands backwards once again with this pristine 2016 Rogue One prequel (set before the original films). The atmosphere is dark, complex and slightly noir, as Diego Luna reprises the role of Cassian Andor, the Rebel Alliance pilot and intelligence officer whose unit got its hands on vital but dangerous information about the Death Star in Rogue One. . This is Cassian’s origin story as his initial cynicism morphs into revolutionary fervor in the face of the ferocity of the empire. He seeks a bright and frosty twist of Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma, a senator and double agent whose political machinations within the empire hold a deeper secret.
Disney +, starting Wednesday 21 September

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Fortune Seller: a television scam

Pretending ... They want Marchi and Stefania Nobile.

Pretending … They want Marchi and Stefania Nobile. Photo: Mondadori Portfolio / Getty Images

This week’s Netflix True Crime series is a slightly less heartbreaking affair than expected, and tells the story of Wanna Marchi, an Italian TV personality / telesales scammer turned criminal. It’s a rich-to-rich story with more ups and downs, each more fun and nefarious than the last. Among his doubts about plans to get rich quick were a seemingly miraculous “slimming cream” and items intended to ward off evil spirits (including a substance that turned out to be table salt). Marchi’s daughter and business partner Stefania Nobile is interviewed, as is Marchi unrepentant herself.
Netflix, starting Wednesday 21 September

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Sisterhood

Channel 4’s formidable Walter Presents scouting network reaches Iceland for the first time, delivering this dark drama about the literal skeletons of the past. When human remains are discovered in a mine, a trio of women – the priest Elisabet, the chef Anna Sigga and the nurse Karlotta – are forced to deal with a terrible accident of their adolescence. Since two detectives are assigned to the cold case, up to a point it’s a general detective drama. But in reality it is about guilt: even after escaping justice, can someone live well by hiding a terrible secret?
All 4, out now

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Girl in the Box: The Real Story

Colleen Stan’s story is so disturbing that it almost defies all belief. After being kidnapped in 1977 by Cameron and Janice Hooker, Stan was held captive in a wooden box under their bed and treated as a sex slave for seven years. Paramount + is showing a movie about the case starring Addison Timlin as Stan – and this accompanying two-part documentary makes the horror of Stan’s ordeal very tangible. In addition to Stan’s imprisonment, she covers the trial of her captors during which she found herself portrayed as a volunteer participant in her own torment.
Paramount +, from Monday 19 September

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Designing Miami

If you like the real estate porn aesthetic of the Selling Sunset franchise but find the ruthless rapacity of the participants a little off-putting, this series might be for you. It centers on the husband and wife couple of Miami Ray and Eilyn Jimenez, who are happily married but also compete for much of the same job in the overheated world of high-end interior design. There is a lot of stage rivalry but, above all, a lot of love too: any conflict here is essentially good-natured and, suspected, largely for the benefit of the cameras.
Netflix, starting Wednesday 21 September

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Supernatural

Wonders of the World ... An Underwater Breathing Anole Lizard in Costa Rica in Super / Natural.

Wonders of the World … An Underwater Breathing Anole Lizard in Costa Rica in Super / Natural. Photography: National Geographic

“Welcome to a realm beyond human perception.” It would probably be too flashy a slogan for David Attenborough but, increasingly, there is a realm of nature documentaries beyond the BBC Natural History Unit. Benedict Cumberbatch recounts this often mind-blowing series – produced by James Cameron – which explores animal behaviors that defy human understanding. Expect a catalog of wonders such as an intimate conversation between elephant seals and a lizard breathing underwater using an air bubble.
Disney +, starting Wednesday 21 September

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Academy Dreams: Leeds United

From the production team behind the Take Us Home series, which followed the pandemic-plagued promotion push of Leeds United, comes this new six-part game focused on the club’s academy. Leeds fans will know that the academy’s progress has been somewhat mixed: young players like Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood have emerged, but their rise to the fringes of the first team had implications for the academy’s team’s success. But it is always fascinating to have an insight into the rarefied path to football stardom. According to the Leeds legend Vinnie Jones.
Prime Video, starting Friday 23 September

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