The best new TV and films to stream this week – from After Life season 3 to Under The Vines

HAVE you watched all there is to watch on Netflix and co? Well, look no further. The Sun has got you covered with the best new TV shows coming to your screens.

From Ricky Gervais's hugely popular After Life to William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth, there’s no shortage of shows to binge-watch until your heart’s content. 

After Life (Netflix)

At a time when we are still wrestling with a pandemic, a black comedy about grief and depression might not seem to be just what the doctor ordered.

But Ricky Gervais’ After Life, back next week for its last-ever series unless Netflix – or the public – can change Ricky’s mind, is just as much about hope and the healing power of friendship.

Which, probably, explains why the outstanding first two seasons have made it one of the most-watched shows of all time around the world.

The plot of the new series is being kept a closely guarded secret but last time we were with him, local journalist Tony – who’s still trying to get over the death of his wife – was dealt another blow, with the passing of his father.

Available to watch from Friday, January 14.

The Tragedy Of Macbeth (Apple TV+)

Joel Coen is best known for the hip Hollywood movies he writes and directs alongside his brother Ethan – No Country For Old Men, Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski to name but a few.

But with Ethan busy on other projects, Joel has gone it alone, making his solo directing debut with this stylish, black and white adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth.

When Scottish nobleman Macbeth is told by three witches that he will one day be king, he and his ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth, set about plotting the murder of King Duncan.

Eternals (Disney+)

There’s so much inter-connected Marvel Cinematic Universe content out there – including all The Avengers, SpiderMan and Guardians Of The Galaxy movies.

But while it’s true that having a good working knowledge of all things MCU helps when watching spectacular new sci-fi blockbuster Eternals, it’s still possible to enjoy it on its own merits.

Not long after the events of Avengers: Endgame, a team of ancient aliens known as the Eternals – who’ve been secretly living on Earth for thousands of years – are called into action following the mysterious re-emergence of terrifying, human-hating bad guys the Deviants.

With a starry cast including Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Kit Harington, it’s an effects-laden, giant-sized treat.

Available to watch from Wednesday, January 12.

Darcey & Stacey (Discovery+)

What do you mean you don’t know who Darcey and Stacey are? You’ve clearly never watched 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days.

Twin sisters Darcey and Stacey rose to fame after appearing on that horribly addictive reality show – and they proved such a hit, they were given their own fly-on-the-wall spin-off.

Now on to a second 11-episode season, this time around Stacey is hoping to have a baby with her hubby Florian – but her age could prove a problem.

Meanwhile, Darcey is having a wobble about her fiance Georgi, after an unpleasant meeting with his ex-wife. With so much to worry about, the sisters decide to put their troubles on hold with a sun-kissed trip to Turkey.

Available to watch from Tuesday, January 11.

Under The Vines (Acorn TV)

When Sydney socialite Daisy inherits her stepfather’s New Zealand vineyard, she decides to pay the place a visit.

A fresh and witty drama, bursting with dry humour, Under The Vines is warm and enjoyable escapist fun.

There are two episodes to watch this Monday, before the series goes weekly, so get stuck in.

Available to watch from Monday, January 10.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries (Acorn TV)

Don’t be put off by the twee name – fictional amateur detective Aurora Teagarden is the creation of Charlaine Harris, who wrote The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the books that became True Blood when adapted for TV.

So there’s plenty of tongue-in-cheek murder-mystery fun in these feauture-length episodes, some of which have previously been shown on Channel 5.

Young librarian Aurora – or Roe, to her pals – sets about solving a series of murders, often aided by her friends in the Real Murders Club, a group of local true-crime enthusiasts.

Available to watch from Monday, January 10.

And Just Like That (NOW)

They might be older but that doesn’t necessarily make them wiser.

You may have heard the spoiler about Mr Big thanks to that Peloton advert, but don’t let that stop you from rediscovering some of that old Manhattan magic with Sex And The City’s Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda.

Nearly 20 years on from the final series of the original, the trio are still getting into all sorts of complicated personal scrapes.

While there are some fun new characters, there’s no doubting that the rebooted and renamed SATC misses the outspoken presence of Samantha Kim Cattrall opted not to be involved.

The Witcher (Netflix)

You don’t have to be a fan of shows like Game Of Thrones to enjoy The Witcher, but it helps.

A fantasy series filled with elves, sorceresses, druids and more hair than a heavy metal gig, The Witcher follows the epic adventures of magical, muscly, monster hunter Geralt of Rivia Henry Cavill as he wanders a vast, dangerous land known as The Continent.

The second season ramps up the drama, Geralt desperate to protect Princess Cirilla and connecting with witch trainer Vesemir.

Then there’s his tumultuous relationship with Yennefer – will they ever be together?

The Great Australian Bake Off (All 4)

While nothing beats watching Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith put a batch of nervy bakers through their paces in the GBBO tent, the Aussie take on the format makes for a strong substitute.

The fourth series is up and available to watch on All 4, and it’s clear from early on that the judges – chef and restaurateurs Matt Moran and Maggie Beer – are as exacting and perfectionist a pair as their British counterparts.

The baking’s of an equally high standard too, with Barb, Robert, Claudia and Dave looking like early favourites. Delicious.

Ru Paul’s Drag Race (WOW Presents Plus)

One of the best things about the global success of Drag Race is that at any time, there’s sure to be at least one incarnation of the show available to watch.

And right now all eyes are turned towards the original US version, which has returned for a 14th series.

Joining host with the most Ru are regular judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, plus a sprinkling of exciting guests that include Lizzo.

Of course, the real stars of the show are the queens, who are a typically spectacular crew.

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Titans (Netflix)

There are so many superhero films and series to enjoy right now, it’s hard to keep up.

But if you’ve not tuned into Titans yet, you’re in for a treat.

Centred around a gang of young superheroes, including Batman’s sidekick Robin, powerful alien princess Starfire, half-human half-demon Raven and the shapeshifting Beast Boy.

The third season sees the team taking on a former friend in a fight to prevent the destruction of Gotham City.

Packed with action, three-dimensional characters and plenty of jeopardy.

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