Series to Watch: August 2023

Series to Watch: August 2023


By DQ
July 27, 2023

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this August, from an Australian mystery and a Brazilian gang thriller to an original detective series and an epic new take on Arthurian legend.

Heartstopper S2
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producer: See-Saw Films
Starring: Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney, Will Gao, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, Sebastian Croft, Jenny Walser and Cormac Hyde-Corrin
Launch date: August 3
The beautifully realised adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novel series continues to follow Nick (Connor) and Charlie (Locke) as they navigate their new relationship, while Tara and Darcey face unforeseen challenges and Tao and Elle work out if they can ever be more than just friends. With exams on the horizon, a school trip to Paris and a prom to plan, the gang have a lot to juggle as they journey through the next stages of life, love and friendship.
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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
From: Australia
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: Made Up Stories
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Asher Keddie, Leah Purcell, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frankie Adams, Alexander England, Charlie Vickers, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sebastián Zurita, Alyla Browne and Zavier Samuel
Launch date: August 4
When nine-year-old Alice tragically loses her parents in a mysterious fire, she is taken to live with her grandmother June at Thornfield flower farm, where she learns that there are secrets within secrets about her and her family’s history. Set across several decades, the story follows Alice’s journey as she grows from her complicated past to an emotional climax when she finds herself fighting for her life against the man she loves. The series is based on Holly Ringland’s book of the same name.
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Painkiller
From: US
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Starring: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, Dina Shihabi, West Duchovny and John Rothman
Launch date: August 10
Based on a New Yorker magazine article, this limited series is a fictionalised retelling of the origins and aftermath of the opioid crisis in the US, highlighting the stories of the perpetrators, victims and truth-seekers whose lived are forever altered by the invention of OxyContin.
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Mala Fortuna (Bad Luck)
From: Mexico
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: Dynamo
Starring: Jorge López, Macarena Achaga, Diego Klein, Lisa Owen, Camila Valero, Adriana Montes de Oca, Fátima Molina, Ricardo Polanco, Roberto Quijan and Sylvia Pasquel
Launch date: August 18
Described as a melodrama full of deceit, ambition, intrigue and touches of comedy, this long-awaited series follows Victoria (Achaga) and Julio (López), who have not seen each other since their parents were at the centre of a financial scandal that wiped out the fortunes of some of the most powerful families in Latin America more than a decade ago. Having both struggled financially while living in social exile, they decide to find a better future for themselves by changing their identities and going after the Urquiza family.
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Cangaço Novo
From: Brazil
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producers: Amazon Studios, O2 Filmes
Starring: Allan Souza Lima, Alice Carvalho, Thainá Duarte, Ricardo Blat, Marcélia Cartaxo, Hermila Guedes, Ênio Cavalcante, Adélio Lima, Joálisson Cunha, Pedro Lamin, Nivaldo Nascimento, Pedro Wagner, Rodrigo García and Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos
Launch date: August 18
Ubaldo, an unhappy bank clerk, lives in São Paulo with no memory of his childhood. He then discovers he has an inheritance and two sisters in the outback of Ceará: Dilvânia, who leads a group that worships her famous deceased father, and Dinorah, the only woman in a gang of bank robbers. When Ubaldo arrives in town, bearing a striking resemblance to his father, he is called upon to fulfil his destiny as the new mythical ‘cangaceiro’ and supreme leader of the gang – leading him to face bandits, murderers and the corrupt local police while trying to keep hold of his morals.
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Shelter
From: US
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producers: MGM International Television Productions, Amazon Studios
Starring: Jaden Michael, Constance Zimmer, Adrian Greensmith, Abby Corrigan, Tovah Feldshuh, Sage Linder and Brian Altemus
Launch date: August 18
Based on the novel by Harlan Coben, for whom the series is a first collaboration with Prime Video, Shelter follows the story of Mickey Bolitar (Michael) after the sudden death of his father leads him to start a new life in Kasselton, New Jersey. Mickey quickly finds himself tangled in the mysterious disappearance of a new student at his school, leading to the uncovering of unimaginable secrets within this quiet suburban community. With the help of his friends, the inventive Spoon and secretive Ema, Mickey pulls back the sleepy facade of Kasselton to reveal a dark underground that may hold the answers to decades of disappearances, deaths and legends – and perhaps even Mickey’s own complex family history.
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The Winter King
From: UK
Original broadcasters: MGM+, ITVX
Producer: Bad Wolf, in association with One Big Picture
Distributor: Sony Pictures Television
Starring: Iain De Caestecker, Stuart Campbell, Daniel Ings, Valene Kane, Andrew Gower, Simon Merrells, Ken Nwosu, Matt Mella and Olumide Olorunfemi
Launch date: August 20 (MGM+), August 21 (Australia’s Stan)
Described as a bold and revisionist take on the Arthurian legends, The Winter King is based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles series. It takes place in the fifth century, long before Britain was united, in a brutal land of warring factions and tribes, as Arthur Pendragon evolves from outcast to legendary warrior and leader.
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Mother & Son
From: Australia
Original broadcaster: ABC
Producer: Wooden Horse
Distributor: ABC Commercial
Starring: Matt Okine, Denise Scott, Andrea Demetriades, Angela Nica Sullen
Launch date: August 23
Mother & Son is a reimagining of the iconic Australian comedy, made in collaboration with original creator Geoffrey Atherden. After breaking up with his long-suffering girlfriend Dee (Demetriades), Arthur (Okine) puts his future on hold to move back home with his widowed mother, Maggie (Scott). Arthur and his older sister, Robbie (Sullen) – arguably ‘the favourite’ – attempt to care for Maggie, who may recently have almost burnt down the kitchen, but still runs circles around her children.
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Ahsoka
From: US
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Producer: Lucasfilm
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ray Stevenson, Ivanna Sakhno, Diana Lee Inosanto, David Tennant, Lars Mikkelsen and Eman Esfandi
Launch date: August 23
This live-action series set in the Star Wars universe takes place after the fall of the Empire, following the former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano (Dawson) as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
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A Murder at the End of the World
From: US
Original broadcasters: Hulu (US), Disney+ (worldwide)
Producer: FX Productions
Starring: Emma Corrin, Clive Owen, Harris Dickinson, Brit Marling, Alice Braga, Joan Chen, Raúl Esparza, Jermaine Fowler, Ryan J. Haddad, Pegah Ferydoni, Javed Khan, Louis Cancelmi, Edoardo Ballerini, Britian Seibert, Christopher Gurr, Kellan Tetlow, Daniel Olson and Neal Huff
Launch date: August 29 (Disney+) – Now delayed until November
A mystery series with a new kind of detective at the helm — Gen Z amateur sleuth and tech-savvy hacker Darby Hart (Corrin). Darby and eight other guests are invited by a reclusive billionaire (Owen) to participate in a retreat at a remote and dazzling location. When one of the other guests is found dead, Darby must use all of her skills to prove it was murder, against a tide of competing interests and before the killer takes another life.
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