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80 shows you won't want to miss: Colin Farrell tells why making whaling drama The North Water in the Arctic pushed him to the limit in our...
bumper crop of autumn TV!  
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01 THE WHEEL OF TIME
NOVEMBER • AMAZON PRIME
Weekend magazine picked out a selection of the best shows available to watch this autumn. Pictured: Rosamund Pike as Moiraine in The Wheel Of Time
Magician Moiraine, a member of a mystical all-female organisation, takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world in the hope of unveiling one of them as a reincarnation of The Dragon, a powerful creature who is destined to either save the planet or locksmith utah destroy it.

Rosamund Pike plays Moiraine in this six-part fantasy-drama based on the Robert Jordan novels of the same name. 
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02 HAWKEYE
Jeremy Renner reprises his Avengers: Endgame role in new series Hawkeye
NOVEMBER • DISNEY +
This spin-off series from Avengers: Endgame sees heroic archer Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), teaching his sassy protégée Kate Bishop (True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld) all he knows.
03 FOUNDATION
24 SEPTEMBER • APPLE TV+
Sci-fi novelist Isaac Asimov was the visionary who wrote the books that movies Bicentennial Man and I, Robot were based on. The latest Asimov story to come to the screen is Foundation in this ten-part series, which follows Dr Hari Seldon (Chernobyl's Jared Harris) as he leads a group of exiles to a remote part of the galaxy to rebuild civilisation.
04 DOCTOR WHO
COMING SOON • BBC1
Fire up the Tardis for Jodie Whittaker's swansong as the Doctor.

John Bishop joins the cast as new sidekick Dan Lewis for the six-part series, and be prepared... the terrifying Weeping Angels are back!
05 THE WITCHER
COMING SOON • NETFLIX
Pictured: Brit Freya Allan is Princess Ciri, possessor of mysterious powers, in The Witcher
It's been two years since Superman star Henry Cavill swapped his tights and cape for swords and a suit of armour to play monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.

In series one he became entwined with Ciri (Freya Allan), a princess with a mysterious power, and in series two he must protect her from her biggest threat - herself.
06 INVASION
22 OCTOBER • APPLE TV+
Sam Neill battled dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, but has he finally met his match?

He plays veteran sheriff John Bell Tyson in this bigbudget ten-part series following different people across the globe contending with an alien invasion.
07 FANTASTIC BEASTS: A NATURAL HISTORY
COMING SOON • BBC1
Presented by Stephen Fry, this documentary examines the origins and stories behind the mythical creatures that stalk JK Rowling's tales (such as the horntail dragon), exploring their links with real animals living today.

Made in conjunction with the Natural History Museum, the show looks at creatures such as centaurs, woolly rhinos and giant squid.
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08 THE NORTH WATER
SEPTEMBER • BBC2
Colin Farrell (pictured), is almost unrecognisable as the bloodthirsty whaler Henry Drax in The North Water, after gaining 3st for his role in BBC2 The North Water
To prepare for his latest role, Colin Farrell ate and ate and ate.

‘It's not hard to put weight on if you eat more,' he laughs when we meet towards the end of the show's gruelling shoot which, for four weeks, took the cast and crew further north than any other.
The Irish heart-throb is 3st heavier and almost unrecognisable as the bloodthirsty whaler Henry Drax in The North Water, one of the BBC's must-see dramas of the season. Based on the hit 2016 novel by Ian McGuire, it's a story of murder, rape and an awful lot of blood.

But it's also one of the most hauntingly beautiful dramas ever filmed.
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