Series to Watch: June 2024

Series to Watch: June 2024

May 30, 2024

Ones to Watch

DQ checks out the upcoming schedules to pick 10 new series to watch this June, from a Star Wars mystery and an Australian psychological thriller to a Tudor-era ‘romantasy’ and Candice Carty-Williams’ adaptation of her own novel, Queenie.

Lost Boys & Fairies
From: UK
Original broadcaster: BBC One
Producer: Duck Soup Films
Distributor: All3Media International
Starring: Sion Daniel Young, Fra Fee, Elizabeth Berrington, Sharon D Clarke, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Arwel Gruffydd, Shaheen Jafargholi, Mali Ann Rees, William Thomas, Gwyneth Keyworth and Gwawr Loader
Launch date: June 3
From Welsh writer Daf James, this is the ‘coming of middle-age’ story of singer and artiste-extraordinaire Gabriel, his partner Andy and their journey to adopt a child. To do so, they must convince their social worker Jackie they’re up to the task. But Gabe is masking his demons: the effects of decades of shame having grown up in a society that overwhelmingly treated being gay as a sin – shame that Gabe is still processing.
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The Acolyte
From: US
Original broadcaster: Disney+
Producer: Lucasfilm
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joonas Suotamo and Carrie-Anne Moss
Launch date: June 4
This sci-fi mystery set in the world of Star Wars follows the investigation into a shocking crime spree that pits a respected Jedi Master (Squid Game star Lee) against a dangerous warrior from his past (Stenberg).
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From: UK
Original broadcasters: Channel 4 (UK), Hulu (US)
Producers: Further South Productions in association with Lionsgate TV
Starring: Dionne Brown, Bellah, Samuel Adewunmi, Sally Phillips, Tilly Keeper, Elisha Applebaum, Mim Shaikh, Llewella Gideon, Michelle Greenidge, Christale De’Abreu and Joseph Marcell
Launch dates: June 4 (UK), June 7 (US)
Based on the book of the same name by Candice Carty-Williams, who is also the series showrunner, this series stars Brown as title character Queenie Jenkins, a 25-year-old Jamaican-British woman straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. Queenie is a South London stalwart, journalist, loyal friend, not-so-loyal daughter and granddaughter, a sometimes catastrophist, an occasional mess, but more often than not an undervalued success. After a messy break-up with her long-term boyfriend Tom (Ponting), Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places and begins to realise she has to face the past head-on before she can rebuild.
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Becoming Karl Lagerfeld
From: France
Original broadcasters: Hulu (US), Disney+ (worldwide)
Producer: Gaumont, Jour Premier
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Théodore Pellerin, Arnaud Valois, Alex Lutz and Agnès Jaoui
Launch date: June 7
Based on the book Kaiser Karl, this biopic of the iconic fashion designer opens in 1972 when Karl Lagerfeld (Brühl) is a ready-to-wear designer, unknown to the general public. While he meets and falls in love with the sultry Jacques de Bascher (Pellerin), an ambitious and troubling young dandy, the most mysterious of fashion designers dares to take on his friend (and rival) Yves Saint Laurent (Valois), a genius of haute couture backed by the redoubtable businessman Pierre Bergé (Lutz).
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Presumed Innocent
From: US
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producers: Bad Robot Productions and David E Kelley Productions in association with Warner Bros Television
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Peter Sarsgaard, O-T Fagbenle and Renate Reinsve
Launch date: June 12
Gyllenhaal plays chief deputy prosecutor Rusty Sabich in a story where a horrific murder upends the Chicago Prosecuting Attorney’s office when one of its own is suspected of the crime. The eight-episode series is based on the novel of the same name by Sam Turow.
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Hotel Cocaine
From: US
Original broadcaster: MGM+ (US)
Producer: MGM+ Studios
Distributor: Amazon MGM Studios Distribution
Starring: Danny Pino, Michael Chiklis, Mark Feuerstein, Yul Vazquez, Tania Watson, Corina Bradley and Laura Gordon
Launch date: June 16
This is the story of Roman Compte (Pino), Cuban exile and general manager of the Mutiny Hotel, the glamorous epicentre of the Miami cocaine scene of the late 1970s and early 80s. Described as Casablanca on cocaine, the Mutiny is a glitzy nightclub, hotel and restaurant frequented by Florida businessmen and politicians, international narcos, CIA and FBI agents, models, sports stars and musicians. At the centre is Compte, who gets caught up in the DEA’s war on drugs when he is forced to get closer to one of Miami’s biggest drug lords – who is also his estranged brother.
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From: Australia
Original broadcaster: Stan
Producer: Thirdborn
Distributor: All3Media International
Starring: Alice Englert, Mia Artemis, Essie Davis, Thomas Weatherall, Sean Keenan, Ewen Leslie, George Mason, Christian Byers, David Howell, Thom Green, Domino McCathrion, Victoria Haralabidou and Daniel Frederiksen
Launch date: June 20
Described as an atmospheric psychological thriller, Exposure follows Jacs Gould (Englert), a photographer, who is coming to terms with the death of her closest friend Kel (Artemis). In the process of facing her grief, she becomes consumed with the details surrounding Kel’s death, convinced that Kel has suffered at the hands of a man. Jacs’ search for the truth becomes a turbulent, unruly and at times confronting quest into the depths of processing present-day grief while reckoning with the past.
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Land of Women
From: Spain
Original broadcaster: Apple TV+
Producers: Bambú Producciones, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Apple Studios
Starring: Eva Longoria, Santiago Cabrera, Victoria Bazúa and Carmen Maura
Launch date: June 26
Based on the book La tierra de las mujeres by Sandra Barneda, this series was shot in both English and Spanish. Longoria stars as Gala, a New York empty-nester whose life is turned upside down when her husband implicates the family in financial improprieties, and she is forced to flee the city alongside her ageing mother (Maura) and college-age daughter (Bazúa). To escape the dangerous criminals to whom Gala’s now vanished husband is indebted, the three women hide in the same charming wine town in northern Spain that Gala’s mother fled 50 years ago, vowing never to return. The women seek a new start and hope their identities will remain unknown, but gossip in the small town quickly spreads, unravelling their deepest family secrets.

My Lady Jane
From: UK
Original broadcaster: Prime Video
Producer: Parkes+MacDonald
Starring: Emily Bader, Edward Bluemel, Jordan Peters, Anna Chancellor, Dominic Cooper, Kate O’Flynn, Rob Brydon, Abbie Hern, Isabella Brownson, Robyn Betteridge, Henry Ashton, Máiréad Tyers, Michael Workeye, Joe Klocek, Brandon Grace and Will Keen
Launch date: June 27
A ‘romantasy’ series set in an alt-fantasy Tudor world, this eight-episode series is a radical retelling of English royal history in which King Henry VIII’s son Edward does not die of tuberculosis, Lady Jane Grey (Bader) is not beheaded and neither is her scoundrel of a husband Guildford. When Jane is crowned queen, she finds herself the target of nefarious villains coming for the crown (and her head)…
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From: UK
Original broadcaster: Netflix
Producer: New Wave
Starring: Tosin Cole, Nadine Mills, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Calvin Demba, Josh Tedeku, Adelayo Adedayo, Rayxia Ojo and Giacomo Mancini
Launch date: June TBC
Created by showrunner and lead director Rapman, this series introduces a group of five ordinary people who unexpectedly develop superpowers, but have little in common except that they’re all black south Londoners. It is down to one man, Michael Lasaki (Cole), to bring them all together to save the woman he loves.
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