Series to Watch: February 2023

Series to Watch: February 2023

January 26, 2023

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this February, from the story of a soap superstar and a diplomatic drama to the reimagining of a classic western.

From: UK
Original broadcaster: ITVX
Producer: Quay Street Productions
Distributor: ITV Studios
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Augustus Prew, Mark Gatiss and Con O’Neill
Launch date: February 2
The 11th collaboration between writer Russell T Davies and Nicola Shindler sees returning Doctor Who showrunner Davies pick up the story of Noele ‘Nolly’ Gordon, who starred as flame-haired widow Meg Richardson in the long-running British soap Crossroads. The three-part series follows events as Nolly is unceremoniously dumped from the show at the height of its – and her – popularity. But why was she sacked?
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Dear Edward
From: US
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producer: Apple Studios, True Jack Productions
Starring: Colin O’Brien, Taylor Schilling, Connie Britton, Carter Hudson, Amy Forsyth, Dario Ladani Sanchez, Ivan Shaw, Audrey Corsa and Khloe Bruno
Launch date: February 3
Based on Ann Napolitano’s novel, Friday Night Lights EP Jason Katims reunites with star Britton for this story about a 12-year-old boy (O’Brien) who becomes the lone survivor of a plane crash. As he and others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of what happened, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed.
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Funny Woman
From: UK
Original broadcasters: Sky Max, Now
Producer: Pot Boiler and Rebel Park Productions, in association with Sky Studios
Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Rupert Everett, David Threlfall, Tom Bateman, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Arsher Ali, Alexa Davies, Emily Bevan, Leo Bill, Matthew Beard, Olivia Williams, Rosie Cavaliero and Alistair Petrie
Launch date: February 9
Written by Morwenna Banks and adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel Funny Girl, the show stars Arterton as Barbara Parker, who journeys from Blackpool Beauty Queen to comedy superstar in the 1960s.
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From: Sweden
Original broadcaster: Viaplay
Producer: Warner Bros ITVP Sverige Drama
Starring: Rakel Wärmländer, Sofia Helin and Louise Peterhoff
Launch date: February 12
When the sons of three friends are involved in a serious car accident, Ebba (Wärmländer), My (Helin) and Gloria (Peterhoff) find their relationships to each other and their families put to the test.
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From: Italy, France
Original broadcasters: Sky, Canal+ (France)
Producer: Cattleya and Atlantique Productions
Distributor: Studiocanal
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Nicholas Pinnock, Lica Vicari and Noomi Rapace
Launch date: February 13 (Canal+), February 17 (Sky)
A reimagining of the classic western from director Sergio Corbucci, the 10-part series is set in late 1800s Texas, following a jaded cowboy in search of the daughter he thought he’d lost. Following his daughter Sarah (Vicari)’s trail, Django (Schoenaerts) arrives in New Babylon, where he discovers she is set to marry John Ellis (Pinnock), the town founder. He then becomes John’s ally in defending New Babylon from attacks by Elizabeth Thurman (Rapace).
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Bad Behaviour
From: Australia
Original broadcasters: Stan
Producer: Matchbox Pictures
Distributor: NBCUniversal Global Distribution
Starring: Jana McKinnon, Markella Kavenagh and Yerin Ha
Launch date: February 17
Based on the book by Rebecca Starford and directed by Corrie Chen, Bad Behaviour is set in the world of an exclusive girls’ boarding school, where the question is whether to be a bully or be bullied in the struggle for acceptance and social power. When 25-year-old Jo (McKinnon) bumps into old school friend Alice (Ha), memories of the brutal year they spent together at Silver Creek, the school’s wilderness campus, come flooding back.
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The Consultant
From: US
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: MGM Television, Amazon Studios
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Nat Wolff, Brittany O’Grady and Aimee Carrero
Launch date: February 24
Described as a twisted comedic thriller that explores the sinister relationship between boss and employee, The Consultant stars Waltz as Regus Patoff, who is hired to improve business at app-based gaming company CompWare – but his presence leads the employees to experience new demands and challenges that put everything into question – including their lives.
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From: France, UK
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producer: Ringside Studios, Leonis Productions
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Eva Green, Peter Mullan, Gérard Lanvin, Daniel Francis, Stanislas Merhar, Irène Jacob, Laëtitia Eïdo, Eriq Ebouaney, Bukky Bakray and Thierry Frémont
Launch date: February 24
The first French- and English-language Apple Original series, Liaison is a “high-stakes contemporary thriller” that explores how the mistakes of our past can destroy our future in an action-packed, multi-layered plot featuring espionage and political intrigue.

The Diplomat
From: UK, Spain
Original broadcasters: Alibi
Producer: World Productions
Distributor: BBC Studios
Starring: Sophie Rundle, Danny Sapani, Steven Cree, Serena Manteghi, Isak Férriz and Laia Costa
Launch date: February TBC
Set in Barcelona, the series follows Laura Simmonds (Rundle) and her consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz (Manteghi) as they fight to protect British nationals who find themselves in trouble in the Catalan city.

The Gold
From: UK
Original broadcasters: BBC (UK), Paramount+
Producer: Tannadice Pictures, VIS
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jack Lowden, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Spencer, Tom Cullen, Emun Elliott, Sean Harris, Ellora Torchia and Stefanie Martini
Launch date: February TBC (UK)
Inspired by true events, the series opens on November 26, 1983, when six armed men broke into the Brink’s-Mat security depot near London’s Heathrow Airport and inadvertently stumbled across gold bullion worth £26m (US$32.2m). Their attempts to dispose of the bullion led to large-scale international money laundering, uniting blue- and white-collar criminals and leaving controversy and murder in their wake.
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