The shortest month is here, but that’s no excuse to scrimp on your TV-watching schedule. This is especially so when February has really come up with the goods. There is heartwarming romantic fare in Netflix’s reimagining of David Nicholls' One Day, and a stylish and thrilling deep dive into one of fashion’s most pivotal and defining eras, post-war Paris, and the rise of Christian Dior himself, as portrayed in Apple TV+'s The New Look.
There is also a decidedly cinematic bent to this month’s offerings. Prime Video’s much-delayed Mr & Mrs Smith is finally here, starring Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, and it plays like a brilliantly bonkers blockbuster over eight episodes. Over on Disney+, Shôgun is as ambitious as they get; a lavish 10-part adaptation of the global bestseller, depicting the fascinating lives and politics of war lords in 17th-century Japan. Meanwhile, Constellation, starring Noomi Rapace, is a high-budget, twisting sci-fi thriller that cements the fact that smart storytelling on an epic scale is blossoming on the small screen.
Mr & Mrs Smith
The Donald Glover-helmed small screen reboot of Mr & Mrs Smith has been a long time in the works. Originally conceived with national treasure Phoebe Waller Bridge, Glover’s now on-screen wife is the fantastic, and often criminally overlooked, Maya Erskine, whose sublime comic timing will now get its high-profile showing. The show plays with the original premise of the film, by having two spies knowingly pose as a married couple, only for hilarious and perhaps amorous results to ensue. Further delayed due to strikes, we are now finally getting to see this wondrously witty show come to life, with a sharply funny script and a seriously impressive bevy of co-stars – from Parker Posey to Michaela Coel.
Mr & Mrs Smith is streaming on Prime Video from 2 February
The beloved novel by David Nicholls, which left legions of commuters weeping openly on the tube in 2009, was adapted for the big screen in 2011; now it is getting the limited series treatment, courtesy of Netflix. Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall take on the central roles and inhabit these cherished characters with reverence and wit. The soulful, sweet and captivating tale of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew spans one day over decades, charting friendship, heartbreak, innocence and true love and will now be given space to breathe over several episodes. Grab the tissues.
One Day is streaming on Netflix from 8 February.
One of the most ambitious shows to debut in 2024, Shōgun is a landmark production for Disney+. Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by James Clavell, this sweeping adaptation tells the story of war lords and civil war in 17th-century Japan over a 10-episode arc. Love, war, epic battles, gorgeous scenery, engrossing action – this has it all. It is sumptuous grandeur split into bitesize small-screen chunks. Get ready to start bingeing.
Shōgun is streaming on Disney+ from 27 February.
The New Look
It seems that 2024 is the year of the high-fashion TV show. Following Cristobal Balenciaga and ahead of Disney’s Kaiser Karl comes another smart small-screen biopic of one of fashion’s biggest names. This time, it’s Christian Dior. The New Look charts the rise of the infamous designer and his now style-redefining New Look in post-war Paris. Featuring an all-star cast from Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel to Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior, this is a prestige television event, diving into one of fashion’s most potent and exciting eras.
The New Look is streaming on Apple TV+ from 14 February.
Noomi Rapace’s astronaut Jo has fortunately just come back from a disaster in space. But when she returns to earth, all is not quite as she left it and pieces of her life appear to be missing. What begins to unravel is a peculiar and brilliant sci-fi thriller that plunges into the dark recesses of human psychology, while never relenting on the action front. Seriously cinematic in scale, this is an engrossing and ambitious series that will have you hooked and keep you guessing.
Constellation is streaming on Apple+ from 21 February.
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